by Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
Manchester, England is “The city of theaters, museums, historic buildings and fine restaurants.” The striking contrasts bring historic buildings side by side with modern skyscrapers. Beginning as a small village in 1750, Manchester’s heritage was influenced by the industrial revolution when it became a city in 1853. Called “Cottonopolis,” Manchester was the world’s largest marketplace for preparing cotton goods.
A walking tour of downtown Manchester is a must in order to experience the cities’ past. Built in the 1880’s, the Palace Theatre & Opera House offers plays and shows from Broadway and London’s West end. You can even arrange to schedule your party here. www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk
Amidst the buildings of the past is the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Great Hall of Manchester’s former Cotton Exchange. Today this Victorian-style building houses a unique transparent seven-sided glass and steel 760 seat theatre-in-the-round. The theatre is suspended from large marble pillars. The huge square pillars are real but the smaller round ones are not. See exhibits regarding their history. Royal Exchange Theatre: www.royalexchange.co.uk
The architecture of the Manchester Cathedral stands out as well as the entire wall of stained glass and ancient medieval carvings. Their new visitor’s center has high-tech, interactive displays.
Visit the Museum of Science and Industry to see hands-on exhibits. Lift a mini car with your little finger, walk through a Victorian sewer, experience working cotton spinning machinery, stand on the platform of the oldest passenger railroad station and see life as it was in the 1930’s and 40’s. The MoSI offers five historic buildings with exhibitions and displays within their seven and a half acre museum. www.mosi.org.uk
For great views of the city, take a break to relax riding on the Wheel of Manchester, in enclosed air conditioned/ heated passenger gondolas. www.worldtouristattractions.co.uk
Sport’s fans will enjoy a behind the scenes tour at Manchester United, one of the most famous (soccer) football stadiums in the world. www.manutd.com
Visitors can ride Manchester’s FREE transportation on Metro shuttles 1-2-and-3. It was a pleasure to telephone several cities in England’s North Country without paying long distance prices. www.visitmanchester.com.ukwww.enjoyenglandsnorthcountry.com
England’s North Country is a contrast from the other areas. The emphasis is on health with many quaint small towns.
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