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Attractions in Manchester

Barton Arcade
Deansgate, City Center
Between Deansgate and St. Ann's Square
Free Admission
Beautifully restored Victorian glass arcade with shops and offices.

Boddingtons Brewery Tours
32 Great Ducie Street
(0161) 819 1161
Mon-Sat 11:30-11:00; Sunday Noon-3:00
Free Admission.
Tours available By Appointment Mon-Thur 11, 4, & 7. Fri. 11 & 4.
Boddingtons Brewery has been located on the outskirts of Manchester since 1778 and has been brewing the famous "Cream of Manchester" since 1853, when Henry Boddington became sole proprietor. Boddingtons is still brewed today using traditional techniques and the traditional recipe, including its own strain of yeast and a blend of English hops that have made it famous since its early days. The Brewery Tap is the Boddington's merchandise retail center for the UK, where you will find a full range of Boddingtons memorabilia as well as fine food and a pint.

Cathedral
Ddaily 7.30am-6pm;
Free organ recitals Thurs at 1pm
This is the third church on this site since its founding in the ninth century. A fragment of stone by the choir and a 14th century arch by the tower are all that remain of the earlier structures.
The famed widest nave in England (114ft, as opposed to York Minster's 106ft) is a result of wealthy families adding side chapels to the fifteenth-century church, which were later opened out to provide space for Manchester's large 19th population of worshippers.
A 1000lb bomb in 1940 damaged the interior, knocking out most of the stained glass and necessitated the complete restoration of the fine misericords, which depict dragon-slaying as well as more mundane scenes - backgammon players and a calf butcher among them. The 1996 bomb did relatively minor damage, now largely restored.

Central Reference Library
City Center, overlooking St. Peters Square.
Free Admission.
Circular neo-classical building with elegant reading room. Books on every subject, including technical subjects, law, local history, foreign languages. Newspaper and magazine archives, commercial library with European information. Frequent exhibitions of local interest and the Library Theatre and cafe in the basement.

Dunham Massey
Altrincham WA14 4J
(0161) 941 1025
9 and a half miles Southwest of central Manchester.
Free Admission to the park.
Georgian House set in 101 hectare wooded deer park. Library, stables, moat, working mill, orange grove, garden, shrubs, rare, late-flowering azaleas.

Greater Manchester Police Museum
Bewton Street, M1 1ES
(0161) 856 3287
Tue 10:30-3:30
Other weekdays by appointment.
Free Admission.
The museum is set in a Victorian police station and features 150 years of police history and a collection of police uniforms from around the world.

Heaton Park
(0161) 773 1085
Four miles North of central Manchester. Accessible via Metrolink.
Free Admission.
600 acre park with boating lake, pets corner, golf course, working tram. Neo-classical Heaton Hall is the venue for music events. Concerts and events held in the park during the summer.

Hollingworth Lake Country Park
Rakewood Road, Littleborough, Rochdale
(01706) 373421
13 miles Northwest of central Manchester.
Free Admission.
Lake with watersports facilities. Two and a quarter mile walk around the lake. See waterfowl, view of Pennines and M62 motorway.

Jodrell Bank Science Center and Arboretum
Macclesfield, Cheshire
(01477) 571339
16 miles South of Manchester
Displays on astronomy and the universe with activities for children.

The Lowry
Pier 8, Salford Quays, M5 2BH
(0161) 876 2000
9:30 to Midnight
Free Admission for the Lowry Collection.

Manchester Jewish Museum
190 Cheetham Hill Road, M8 8LW
(0161) 834 9879
Mon-Thu 10:30-4:00; Sun 10:30-5:00. Friday by prior arrangement for groups. Admission charged.
Manchester's Jewish history is recorded and displayed in this museum, housed in the restored Spanish and Portuguese synagogue. Exhibitions show everyday life in the community back to the 1740s. Education program, demonstrations, music and talks. Please apply for a calendar of events.

The Manchester Museum
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL
(0161) 275 2634
Mon-Sat 10:00-5:00
Free Admission.
Travel through time and discover ancient civilizations. Come and see the 2000-year-old Egyptian mummies and the footprint of a Mancunian dinosaur! Also, live snakes and crocodiles.

Manchester United Museum & Trophy Room
Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RA
(0161) 877 4002
Tue-Sun 9:30-4:00
Admission charged, under fives go free. Tours Not Included In Admission Price.
When the Manchester United Museum & Trophy Room opened in 1986, it was Britain's first football museum. It covers the history of United from its inception in 1878 up to the present day, in words, pictures, sound and visual presentations. There are more than 1000 frequently updated exhibits as well as a full program of exhibitions. Guided tours of the stadium are held at regular times each day the museum is open.

Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, M3 4FP
(0161) 832 1830
Every day (except 24/25/26 Dec) 10:00-5:00
Admission charged
An award-winning museum with interactive exhibits, details about Manchester, the world's first industrial city, replicas and exhibits about planes that made flying history and an outstanding program of changing exhibitions.

Museum of Transport
Boyle Street, Cheetham M8 8UW
Sat, Sun, Wed and Bank Holidays 10:00-5:00
Admission charged.
The Museum is dedicated to the preservation of public road transport in Greater Manchester from horse-drawn bus to Metrolink. Small exhibits and archives. Special event days. Gift shop and tea rooms.

Pankhurst Center
60-62 Nelson Street, Chorlton-on-medlock M13 9WP
(0161) 273 5673
Mon-Fri 10:00-3:00
Free Admission.
Number 62 is one of the two Georgian houses where the Women's Social and Political Union was formed in 1903. The Pankhurst Parlour and the gardens are in Edwardian style. Suffrage Movement exhibition. Resources for women including meeting rooms, exhibition space, craft workshops and childcare area.


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