England: Four Unique Places in Manchester
Four Great Places to Go in Manchester, North of England
By Stephanie DiCarlo
Manchester Art Gallery: This gallery holds one of England’s finest collections of art. Having recently undergone £35 million remodeling, this spectacular gallery allows visitors to see art from as early as the Renaissance to modern art.
It displays art through different cultures, time periods, and people and plays host to an array of artistic events and exhibits, from romanticism to “The Sensory War,” an exhibit on display from October through February 2015, which displays art from the last century. Entry into this gallery is free.
Kosmonaut: This bar, situated in the center of Manchester’s busy Northern Quarter, might be a unique experience for the average bar goer. This bar is sporty, artsy, and quirky, described as a “fun hub” by those who have been there.
This bar hosts “artist meet ups,” in which local artists can get together and view each other’s work, find inspiration, or simply chat over drinks. Kosmonaut describes itself as a bar that is a “a daytime haven for lunches, coffee meetings and get-togethers, with a fine selection of artisan beers and craft cocktails for the evenings.”
Manchester235: This unique Vegas-style casino is the type of place you might not to expect in an English city. This entertainment center is “renowned for its authentic atmosphere” and “buzzing” with all types of crowds—those looking to win some money, those seeking entertainment, and those simply out for a good time. Play the slots, roulette, poker; Manchester 235 will give you the closest “Vegas experience” you’ll find in Britain.
National Football Museum: Anyone familiar with football (or soccer) will know that Manchester is a premier city in sports with two professional football teams in the city. If you have any interest in European sports, this museum will the perfect place to visit.
It offers just about everything you would want to see, know, and experience- except perhaps the players themselves! See exhibits on the history of football, the football league, and galleries of teams, trophies, and fanfare. It engages with the “drama, history, skill, art, faith, and style” of football. This museum is any soccer fan’s dream.
Cool Places to Stay in Manchester
Velvet: Of all the hotels investigated, the Velvet Hotel simply had that “something” about it that made me want to see more.
In this boutique hotel located at the center of the city, no two rooms are the same. Each is uniquely and lavishly furnished. With brick walls and unique quirks, quests find this hotel to be cozy and charming.
And starting November first, they are offering a romantic getaway deal, complete with flower petals, roses, and chocolates set in your room before you get there, and only for £20.00 extra! Inside this hotel is also the Velvet Restaurant and bar.
The Place Aparthotel: This hotel is exactly what the name suggests, a hotel that “offers all the amenities you would expect from a Four Star hotel, yet instead of hotel rooms we like to spoil our guests with spacious apartments.”
And visually, this hotel will definitely attract those with an artistic eye, with its bold colors and sharp edges, and it offers deals on weddings and Christmas parties. This hotel is perfect for anyone looking to stay a considerable amount of time in Manchester.
The Palace Hotel: This hotel is, indeed, a palace. It describes itself as an “iconic hotel & venue” and once you see the photos, you will understand exactly what that means.
This is a hotel that was not designed to be a hotel, yet makes a suburb one. It’s vaulted ceilings and exquisite rooms makes guests feel like royalty.
This hotel also has a lot of great offers; romantic weekend getaways, a shopping getaway, a business traveler break, and even a sea life offer, in which you’ll be treated to SEA LIFE, Manchester aquarium. This beautiful hotel will, indeed, make you feel like you’re staying in a palace.
Great John Street: This hotel may as well be your dream home. It has ten “classical grand junior suites,” beautiful double story rooms. Some rooms have cozy lounge areas and fireplaces, as well as elegant furnishings.
Grand rooms have “spacious separate bathrooms” and tubs “made for two.” This hotel does well to point out that it’s made for two, and the beauty of its rooms and the surrounding area do well to add to the atmosphere of a romantic getaway.
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