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Three Days Spent in Manchester During December

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A December 2009 trip to Manchester by Drever

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Quote: This journal covers three days my wife and I spent in Manchester exploring and taking in a show.

Thistle Hotel

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Thistle Hotel Photo, Manchester, England
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We stayed in the Thistle Hotel on the nights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday in mid December. We found this hotel to be in the perfect location. Situated on Portland Street it is only about a brisk 5-7 minute walk from Piccadilly Station or Oxford Street Station. It overlooks Piccadilly gardens and its Christmas ice rink lit up with fairy lights. Five minutes took us to some of the Christmas markets, various tourist attractions and shops.The hotel looks rather grand from the outside. It has 205 rooms spread over seven floors with the choice of either single, twin, double or suites. The entrance door leads straight into the reception area. Two members of staff constantly run the reception de...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2009

Thistle Hotel
3-5 Portland Street - Piccadilly Gardens
Manchester, England M1 6DP
+44 845 305 8326

Palace Theatre

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Attraction | "The Sound of Music at the Palace Theatre"

Palace Theatre Photo, Manchester, England
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We booked seats in the Grand Tier of the Palace Theatre for the Sound of Music, there being no other seats still available. The tickets mentioned limited legroom but I thought ‘so what most theatres are a bit cramped’. Never though have I been so cramped as in this theatre because of the small seats and the narrow gap between rows. It seems incredible that a theatre so grand and ornate can have seats so small and the legroom so limited nowadays. Presumably the lower stalls offered more space?Some elderly people seemed terrified by the steepness and height of the steps. It is strange that this theatre should have a Safety Certificate, as many of its seats are unsuitable for the elderly or l...Read More

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Palace Theatre
Oxford Street
Manchester, England M1 6FT
+44 161 242 2503

Manchester Cathedral

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Attraction

Manchester Cathedral Photo, Manchester, England
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Manchester Cathedral near to Harvey Nichols, Urbis and Victoria Station unfortunately was also near to the site of an IRA bomb in 1996. Nearby buildings reduced to rubble but the cathedral escaped with minor damage. It looked a bit like a bomb-site when we visited though as scaffolding, because of continuous maintenance, hid part of the interior.Restored during the Victorian era, there is still much of the original medieval architecture. The cathedral stretches back to 1421 though evidence of an early Saxon church here comes from the Angel Stone discovered embedded in the wall of the original South Porch of the Cathedral in the 19th century. This stone dated back to around 700 CE. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2009

Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
Manchester, England M3 1SX
+44 161 833 2220

Manchester

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Attraction | "Manchester Overview"

Manchester Town Hall Photo, Manchester, England
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Manchester is now a young, vibrant, friendly and a cutting-edge city, where there is always something happening. The city is famous all over the world thanks to its football clubs Manchester City and Manchester United. The latter is one of the most successful in England and has fans world wide.It was not until the start of the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th Centuries that Manchester began a rapid expansion. The presence of an existing cloth trade, coupled with mechanizing spinning created a thriving cotton industry. By the end of the 19th Century, Manchester was one of the 10 biggest urban centres on earth.The Museum of Science and Industry helps explain how Manche...Read More

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Museum of Science & Industry

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Attraction | "Museum of Science and Industry"

Museum of Science & Industry Photo, Manchester, England
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Water-power provided the stimulus to kick-start Manchester’s industrial growth but engine power maintained its momentum. The Power Hall at the Museum of Science and Industry houses many of those original sources of power including one of the largest collections of working steam mill engines in the world. It also contains working examples of gas, oil, hot-air, diesel engines and trains. Many of those engines are the dinosaurs of the industrial age. Their size is colossal but they powered the world for a long-time before smaller, nimbler forms of power came along. Some of those machines were still working in the 1950s a century after their installation. For anyone interesting in history, so...Read More

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Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road Castlefield
Manchester, England M3 4FP
+44 161 832 2244