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Piccadilly Gardens

Watch the world go by and take a look at Manchester’s most controversial architecture at the city’s busiest green space and transport hub.

Enjoy people-watching around the fountain, have a picnic on the lawns or order a drink at one of the cafés at Piccadilly Gardens. This square has always been Manchester’s central transport hub, with connections to the whole city, but looks totally different today than it did 15 years ago. The green space with public transport interchange is surrounded by shops and hotels and is a place where local business people come for lunch and parents on shopping trips take their children to play for a while.

Piccadilly Gardens was transformed shortly after the turn of the millennium because it had fallen into disrepair and the area was regarded unsafe. Many agreed that something needed to change, but, more than a decade later, most Mancunians still haven’t warmed to the new version.

One of the most controversial aspects of the redesign is a large concrete wall. Japanese architect Tadao Ando intended to shield the gardens from the nearby bus and tram interchange, but the structure is referred to as a “brutalist landmark” and “Manchester’s own Berlin Wall.”

One feature that is popular, however, is the large green space. On sunny days children play in the fountains or on the swing and couples picnic on the grass. Join the office workers and enjoy lunch in the outdoors, or people-watch from one of the terraces. Small markets are sometimes held in the square, so bring some cash to buy local treats or wares.

Find some of the few links to the site’s rich past by seeking out the four remaining statues of historical figures, including Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington.

Piccadilly Gardens lies between the popular shopping area of Market Street and the bars and stores of the Northern Quarter. The busy hub is only a five-minute walk from the Piccadilly railway station and a 10-minute walk from the Victoria railway station. Piccadilly Gardens houses a major bus terminal and all Metrolink trams have stops here.


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INNSiDE by Melia Manchester $86
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 $31
    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.

      Hotel Gotham $160
      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 $143
        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.

          Malmaison Manchester $85
          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.

            Whitworth Locke $75
            Whitworth Locke

            Whitworth Locke

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

              Located in Manchester City Centre, this apartment building 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 $111
              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.

                The Midland - Manchester $70
                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.