Manchester Journals

Northern Soul

Best of IgoUgo

A travel journal to Manchester by TianjinPaul

Imperial War Museum North Photo, Manchester, England More Photos
Quote: ..

Salford Quays

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Contents rather than location"

Quote:
In the nineteenth century, before the rise of the railways in the Britain, much of the country's industrial transportation was carried out using waterways. As a result, in most major British cities there were large areas of docks and quays constructed. However, after the arrival of the railways and then the decline of British industry, many of these areas began to fall into disuse and disrepair. They became rather sad reminders of an industrial heyday that had since vanished. They came to represent unemployment and urban decline.However, from the mid-1990s onwards it became a major trend amongst city-planners and local governments to attempt to re-vamp these areas and to breathe new life into th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 17, 2013

Woodhead

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Quote:
As I type these words into the mini-keyboard on my Blackberry (I really do love to combine travel and writing), I cannot help but feel amazed that I have not written about the Woodhead Pass before. The reason I am so surprised at myself is that it is a route I have travelled scores of time in my life and which I follow every time I return home to the UK. It crosses the Pennines, the range of hills that run like a spine down the centre of England, and links the cities of Sheffield and Manchester. Not only is it an important way of linking two major British cities, but it also provides some absolutely wonderful scenery and serves to remind me that no matter where I am returning from, there is plenty to ...Read More

City Art Gallery

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "A Great Place to Shelter"

Quote:
There is an old saying in the UK that pertains to the weather in Manchester: "If you can't see the Pennines (The hills in the centre of England that are visible from Manchester) it will rain soon. If you can see them, it is raining now". It highlights that it rains quite often in Manchester. That the cultural capital of Northern England experiences more than its fair share of precipitation is such a common comment that it is now a cliche. However, cliches are usually born from truth. I didn't realise just how much of a truth the rain in Manchester was until I spent quite possibly the soggiest day of my life there with my girlfriend and my father.Our day had started when I collected my girl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2013

City Art Gallery
Mosely Street
Manchester, England

The Lowry

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Surprisingly Substantial"

The Lowry Photo, Manchester, England
Quote:
Prior to my visit to the Lowry Gallery in Salford Quays, I didn't know too much about Manchester's most renowned artist. In fact, I am slightly ashamed to admit that my knowledge was limited to having seen a couple of his more famous pictures and hearing the Gilbert O'Sullivan song 'Matchstick Cats and Dogs', which is about Lowry. I was labouring under the misguided impression that Lowry did little more than paint matchstick people set against an industrial backdrop. Thankfully, visiting the gallery educated me somewhat and allowed me to appreciate the true nature of one of Britain's most important modern artists. I quickly learned two important things about Lowry. The first was that Lowry created an ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2013

The Lowry
Pier 8
Manchester, England 50 3
0870 787 5780

Imperial War Museum North

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Good, but not quite as good as the original"

Imperial War Museum North Photo, Manchester, England
Quote:
As you may have ascertained if you have read any of my other blogs, I have a keen interest in history. When I choose a destination for a vacation, I focus far less on the weather or on beaches or shopping and much more on places to see. This philosophy has stood me in good stead for many years and has taken me to some fantastic places. However, at no point would I define myself as a 'historian' - my degree in American History notwithstanding. My interest in most historical sights tends to be rather general and somewhat sweeping. Only rarely do I find myself enraptured by the minutae of a place. My father, on the other hand, is an avid amateur military historian and is interested in the tiniest details...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2013

Imperial War Museum North
Salford Quays
Manchester, England M17 1TZ
0161 836 4000