Greater Manchester Tourist Attractions

The booming metropolis of Manchester City is no stranger to the eyes of the world being upon it – chiefly because it is home to one of the most prolific football teams on earth. While it's sporting culture has put Britain on the map as an ambassador for world-class football, the city bears far more in the way of bountiful sights, legends and attractions that contribute to it's repute as one of Britain's foremost culturally advanced counties..


The Whitworth Art Gallery - flckr - sam.moorhouseWhitworth Art Gallery (at Manchester University), City of Manchester
Founded in 1889, the Whitworth was always destined to be a focal point. From the ornate balustrades adorning it's Edwardian exterior, to the splendid examples of plasterwork of it's ceilings - it was geared to be a place of grandeur, worthy of housing some of the finest contemporary artworks of Continental Europe. Permanent collections of watercolour include “Moonlight on Lake Lucerne” by John Turner; “Durham Cathedral and Bridge” by Thomas Girtin and the ethereal “The Ancient of Days” by William Blake. Both the textiles and sculpture galleries are of key importance, since the Whitworth houses some of the earliest exhibits in Britain.


Sky - Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens - flckr - Harry PottsFletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, Didsbury
Lying just shy of the Mersey banks in the shadow of Stenner Woods (near Didsbury), is a house that few will have heard of, but whose owner founded one of the most reputed wildlife charities in memorable history. “The Croft” as it was once known, belonged to Robert Wood Williamson – the founding father of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The gardens are considered of the “ornamental” variety, with pygmy palms, royal ferns and marsh marigolds jostling for space beside it's streams, and an abundance of rockeries throughout. With Redgra tennis courts, a teashop and nature trail walks, the gardens now present a wonderful retreat for both outdoor activities and relaxation.


Bramall Hall (made Explore) - flckr - the yes manBramall Hall, Bramhall (near Stockport)
Set among 66 acres of wooded parkland and flanked by symmetrical ornamental lakes, the timber Tudor manor house of Bramall Hall connotes the kind of scenery you'd expect of an old painting. The fact that it has survived at all since the 16th Century is wondrous, since most buildings of it's type were long ago flattened. As if the Capability Brown style gardens weren't enough of a pull, the grandiose old mansion also boasts a stag head flanked Great Hall, 17th Century paintings and a fully functioning Victorian kitchen among it's many attractions. Open from March until October, Bramall Hall is ideal for an afternoon of sight-seeing and exploration, made all the more intriguing by tales of the Davenport and de Bromales families who once called the mansion home.


Changing Cubicles - flckr - BinaryApeVictoria Baths, Chorlton-On-Medlock
Featured on BBC 2's 'Restoration' series, the Victoria Baths of Chorlton have received more than their fair share of press recently – albeit for very sad reasons. The Grade II listed building remained in use as a baths until 1993, when lack of interest and finances prompted closure. The baths are one of the few surviving intact examples of a Victorian bath-house, used back in the 1800's by the well-to-do for both recreational and hygiene purposes. The Chorlton Baths are of key importance to the heritage of Manchester, since it was their own first City Architect Henry Price, whom was responsible for the opulence of it's design. Tours of the fascinating Turkish Baths and former laundries are available, combined with a fully narrated history of the building for interested parties


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