Historical Places To Visit In Manchester

Manchester has a rich industrial heritage and is actually steaming in history.

Get out of your student digs and explore…

Bramall Hall

The manor of Bramall was first described in the Domesday Book back in 1086. The current property was built in the 14th century and is now open to the public.

The original manor was devastated by William The Conquerors Harrying Of The North.

Heaton Hall

Heaton Hall has been a grade 1 listed building since 1954 and set in over 600 acres of land. It was often used for public events such as Heaton park races but is now only open on occasion so do check online before you rock up.

During the First World War, Heaton Hall became a military hospital and the park was used as a training camp for the pals battalion of the Manchester Regiment.

In the Second World War, the park was a camp for the RAF, where 133,516 aircrew were trained.

Central Library

Opened on 17th July 1934 by King George V as part of an extension to the town hall. The round building was designed by architect Vincent Harris and was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.

It is the second largest public lending library in Britain, after the library of Birmingham.

Shambles Square

Shambles square was created in 1999 around the re-built Old Wellington Inn and Sinclairs Oyster Bar.

The Old Wellington Inn was built in 1552 and is the oldest building of its kind in Manchester. The writer John Byrom was born there in 1692 and in 1830 the building became a licensed public house.

Manchester Cathedral

A small carving of an angel with a scroll was discovered in the wall of the cathedrals south porch providing evidence of an early Saxon church dating to around 700 AD is preserved in the cathedral.

The first church was destroyed by Danish invaders in 923.

During the Manchester Blitz in 1940, a German bomb severely damaged the cathedral, demolishing the medieval lady chapel and James Stanley’s chantry chapel. It took almost 20 years to complete the repairs.

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