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Manchester Cathedral

This religious and historic site tells the story of the wars, terrorist bombs and other unforgettable history that shaped the city center you see today.

An essential stop for anyone interested in architecture and history is the iconic Manchester Cathedral. The interior features the best examples of medieval woodwork in northern England. Carved details in the quire and ceiling are intricate and full of life, while the more modern stained-glass windows tell the story of the destruction of the cathedral, and the city itself.

The original building dates back to 1215 and was the Parish Church of Manchester. Baron Robert Greslet, Lord of the Manor of Manchester, had the church built next to his residence. Many current features are the result of renovations made centuries later.

The building was badly damaged by a bomb during World War II, and all of the ancient windows were destroyed. The Fire Window in the Regiment Chapel depicts this destruction. The cathedral was restored all over again after it was damaged by an IRA bombing in 1996.

Today, the church is still in use and is part of a Church of England diocese. The building is open daily to the public, except during ongoing restorations and special services. Have a coffee at the popular on-site café, attend a service or listen to the choir. Many people simply take a walk around to admire the cathedral’s interior.

If you are interested in religious heritage, take the free daily guided tour. You can also purchase an Architectural Guide from the welcome desk to learn all about the design and history.

Outside, look for the Hanging Ditch Bridge; it’s the oldest structure in Manchester. Spot the carved stone gargoyles and a golden Madonna, then step inside to gaze up to see the carvings of “musical angels” from the 15th century. Under the quire seats are the 16th-century wooden carvings known as Misericords.

Manchester Cathedral is a short walk from Victoria train station and there is ample parking available for a fee at the Manchester Arena (MEN), next to Victoria Station. Check the cathedral’s website or call the cathedral office before your visit to confirm whether it will be open.


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INNSiDE by Melia Manchester $80
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.

    easyHotel Manchester $28
    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.

      CitySuites Aparthotel $110
      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.

        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.

          Dakota Manchester $148
          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 Lowry Hotel $150
            The Lowry Hotel

            The Lowry Hotel

            50 Dearmans Place, Manchester, England
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Manchester Arena and Piccadilly Gardens. Manchester Palace Theatre and O2 Apollo Manchester are also within 2 mi (3 km). Manchester Salford Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Victoria Station is 11 minutes.

              Malmaison Manchester $90
              Malmaison Manchester

              Malmaison Manchester

              1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Manchester City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, The Gay Village, and Piccadilly Gardens. Manchester Palace Theatre and Manchester Arndale are also within 15 minutes. Picadilly Station and Picadilly Gardens Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange $80
                Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange

                Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange

                Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch, Manchester, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Manchester City Centre, this aparthotel is steps from Urbis, Printworks, and National Football Museum. Deansgate and Manchester Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Victoria Station and Shudehill Station are within a 5-minute walk.