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The circular Manchester Central Library is known as one of the finest institutions in the city. Sitting at the edge of St. Peter's Square, the huge, heritage-listed building dates back to the early 1930s, but is often mistakenly imagined to be much older because of its neoclassical architecture.
The library’s distinctive shape and Corinthian columns make it instantly recognizable. Architect Vincent Harris is thought to have been inspired by Roman architecture. Inside, the high ceilings, marble staircases and sweeping corridors make the library a delight to explore. On a rainy day, this is a great place to take shelter. It’s also worth a visit on fine days as it offers an oasis of tranquility in the busy city center.
Visit the large dome-topped reading room called the Great Hall, where you can find much of the original furniture designed by the architect. Look up and you’ll see an inscription from the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament inscribed upon the rim of the dome.
The library holds several special collections, including sheet music by Handel and Vivaldi, and an impressive collection of works by Elizabeth Gaskell, one Manchester’s most famous writers. There are also over 30 books that were published before 1500.
Use the library’s resources, including newspapers, books, audio files, films and the internet, or simply walk around the building. The library staff are very knowledgeable and are there to help if you are looking for something in particular. They can assist you with navigating the vast archives and consulting the electronic catalog.
Major restoration work on the library has been ongoing since 2011, which has meant the building is often closed to the public for large periods of time. Check the library’s website before your visit to find out whether you can enter.
The Manchester Central Library is easily accessible from the bus or tram stops nearby in St. Peter’s Square and entry is free. Be aware that this building isn’t the best destination for young children because of its hushed atmosphere.
This 19th century heritage hotel is one block from Manchester's Chinatown, 500 meters from the Palace theatre, and close to Piccadilly Gardens, the Manchester Conference Center, and the city's financial district.
Built in 1903 to serve the central railway, the hotel stands in St. Peter's Square, near the train station of the same name. The impressive monuments of Albert Square are a 3-minute walk away, and it's only a little farther to the cultural attractions of the Opera House and Palace Theatre.
Overlooking Rochdale Canal, Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre is a 5-minute walk from Deansgate Castlefield Metrolink Station. Guests can walk 10 minutes to the nightlife of Canal Street, and just a little farther to Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre.
Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa is a 3-minute walk from Piccadilly Train Station and 10 minutes from O2 Apollo Manchester. Guests can reach city center shops in 6 minutes by foot, as well as the buzzing waterside restaurants and bars lining Canal Street.
Manchester is one of Britain's most vibrant and dynamic cities, and boasts the UK's largest financial centre outside of London. The Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester enjoys a spectacular location on Peter Street in the heart of Manchester. This places it right next to Manchester Central Convention Centre. The hotel is also opposite the Bridgewater Hall, home of the Halle Orchestra; the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel is only half an hour's drive from Manchester airport. St Peters Square metro stop is moments away with great connections to the city.
Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Deansgate and Deansgate Locks. Bridgewater Hall and Canal Street are also within 10 minutes. Deansgate-Castlefield Station is 6 minutes by foot and Manchester Deansgate Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is steps from Exchange Square and Deansgate. Albert Square and Printworks are also within 5 minutes. Market Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Victoria Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Manchester Palace Theatre and Canal Street. The Gay Village and Albert Square are also within 10 minutes. Manchester Oxford Road Station and Manchester Manchester Oxford Road Station are within a 2-minute walk.