Discover Manchester's historic gems


Popular attractions include medieval libraries, fascinating museums and ancient sites across the city.

Manchester has heritage and history in abundance. With so much on offer, there’s plenty of fun to be had exploring the city this winter.

Visitors looking for accommodation are spoilt for choice with both budget and luxury hotels alike being found in historic buildings across the city. Those looking for a treat should look no further than the Midland Hotel, a grand grade 2 listed Edwardian building which eludes elegance and style. Alternatively, Hatters Hostel offers the perfect balance of price and quality and is situated in a beautiful Victorian building, a 21 century development of Manchester’s iconic industrial past.

A must see for history fanatics is Chetham’s Library, the oldest surviving public library in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1653, this historic landmark is home to rare book collections and is teeming with history to explore.

No visit to Manchester is complete without a visit to the Whitworth Hall on Oxford Road. This grand building has a fantastic neo-gothic design and contains a number of treasures inside such as the world class Manchester Museum. After exploring, guests can make use of the wonderful food and drinks on offer in the exquisite setting of Christie’s Bistro.

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Exterior of Whitworth HallWhitworth Hall © Visit Manchester

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