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Albert Square

This public gathering place for football victory parades, festivals and a popular European-style Christmas market is surrounded by Victorian architecture.

Get a feel for Manchester’s atmosphere by visiting Albert Square. Located in the heart of the city, the square is of great importance to the people of Manchester and is celebrated for its architecture, history and cultural events. It’s surrounded on three sides by unique heritage-listed buildings, the most impressive of those being the grand Town Hall.

Albert Square was laid out in 1863 to make space for a memorial to Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. His elevated statue, covered by a shrine-like spire, is the biggest monument in the square. Discover smaller statues of former prime ministers and bishops as you take a short walk over the cobblestoned pavement.

The benches lining the square and the steps of the fountain are good places to relax in between shopping and sightseeing. You can’t miss the impressive sight of the Victorian Gothic Town Hall, which dates from the late 19th century. On the opposite side of the square, 1980s office blocks house cafés and restaurants. To the right, you’ll see other notable buildings, including Albert Chambers and the Memorial Hall on the corner.

The square is absolutely packed during special events. Fans of the city’s two premiership football teams gather in their thousands in Albert Square during victory parades, proudly cheering their heroes. Albert Square is also the site of art and music festivals.

By far the most popular event held at the square is the Manchester Christmas Market. If you are here in late December, browse the hundreds of stalls to find handmade gifts or souvenirs, and sample hot herbal wine and sausages. Smaller outdoor markets are held throughout the year; check the council’s website for a schedule of events.

Catch a taxi, pay for parking at a nearby garage, or take public transport to reach Albert Square. Buses stop on the square and the nearest Metrolink tram stop is at St. Peter’s Square.


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INNSiDE by Melia Manchester $72
INNSiDE by Melia Manchester

INNSiDE by Melia Manchester

1 First Street, Manchester, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Deansgate Locks and Bridgewater Hall. Manchester Palace Theatre and Deansgate are also within 10 minutes. Deansgate-Castlefield Station and Manchester Deansgate Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Hotel Gotham
    Hotel Gotham

    Hotel Gotham

    100 King Street, Manchester, England
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Manchester Art Gallery, Piccadilly Gardens, and Manchester Arndale. The Gay Village and Albert Square are also within 10 minutes. Mosley Street Station and Market Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      easyHotel Manchester $23
      easyHotel Manchester

      easyHotel Manchester

      33 Dale Street, Manchester, England
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Greater Manchester Police Museum and Piccadilly Gardens. The Gay Village and Canal Street are also within 10 minutes. Picadilly Gardens Station is only a 4-minute walk and Market Street Station is 6 minutes.

        Dakota Manchester $142
        Dakota Manchester

        Dakota Manchester

        29 Ducie Street, Manchester, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street, The Gay Village, and Piccadilly Gardens. Manchester Palace Theatre and Manchester Arndale are also within 15 minutes. Picadilly Station is 6 minutes by foot and Picadilly Gardens Station is 8 minutes.

          The Midland - Manchester
          The Midland - Manchester

          The Midland - Manchester

          16 Peter Street, Manchester, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Manchester City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Manchester Central Library, St. Peter's Square, and Albert Hall. Bridgewater Hall and Albert Square are also within 5 minutes. St Peters Square Station is only a 2-minute walk and Deansgate-Castlefield Station is 7 minutes.

            Whitworth Locke $79
            Whitworth Locke

            Whitworth Locke

            74 Princess St., Manchester, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Manchester City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Gay Village and Albert Square. O2 Apollo Manchester and Manchester Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). Manchester Oxford Road Station and Manchester Manchester Oxford Road Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              CitySuites Aparthotel $103
              CitySuites Aparthotel

              CitySuites Aparthotel

              16 Chapel Street, Manchester, England
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manchester Cathedral, Printworks, and National Football Museum. Exchange Square and Manchester Arndale are also within 10 minutes. Victoria Station is 6 minutes by foot and Shudehill Station is 9 minutes.

                Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel $75
                Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

                Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

                Water Street, Manchester, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Science and Industry, The Gay Village, and Manchester Arena. National Football Museum and Manchester Arndale are also within 1 mi (2 km). Manchester Salford Central Station is 7 minutes by foot and Deansgate-Castlefield Station is 12 minutes.