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article imageThe old and the new in Manchester Special

By Tim Sandle     Jun 7, 2015 in Travel
Manchester - Manchester is England's third largest city, and it holds an important place in history, being the powerhouse of the industrial revolution. Today, the city provides a contrast of Victorian splendor and new developments.
Manchester is a large city located in the north-west of England. The city grew during the Victorian era and it played a key role in the industrial revolution, helped by the Manchester Ship Canal.
Many of the buildings reflect the old Victorian splendor  although they are mainly used for shops an...
Many of the buildings reflect the old Victorian splendor, although they are mainly used for shops and offices.
The Manchester Ship Canal is a 36-mile-long (58 km) inland waterway, linking Manchester to the Irish sea. This served as a network for exports. During the industrial revolution the primary product was textiles (as captured in contemporaneous texts like The Condition of the Working Class in England by Friedrich Engels.)
A view of Manchester today  old and new buildings are situated side-by-side.
A view of Manchester today, old and new buildings are situated side-by-side.
Even some of the hotels are contained within magnificent old buildings.
The Grade II listed Manchester Hotel emanates a lavish ambiance  with plenty original old-world arch...
The Grade II listed Manchester Hotel emanates a lavish ambiance, with plenty original old-world architecture.
Manchester is a university town. Manchester University is one of the world's top rated universities, and in the U.K. it is part of the prestigious Russell Group.
A watering hole called  The Thirsty Scholar  in Manchester s university district. A bar popular with...
A watering hole called 'The Thirsty Scholar' in Manchester's university district. A bar popular with students, academics and locals alike.
Manchester, like London, has a chinatown. This area of Manchester has many thriving restaurants and shops, including supermarkets selling intriguing goods and food. There are also cultural activities too, in 1989 the Chinese Arts Center opened in Chinatown.
Manchester has the second largest China Town in the U.K. This image shows the archway on Faulkner St...
Manchester has the second largest China Town in the U.K. This image shows the archway on Faulkner Street which was completed in 1987.
Chinatown in Manchester contains many Chinese restaurants  shops  bakeries and supermarkets.
Chinatown in Manchester contains many Chinese restaurants, shops, bakeries and supermarkets.
Unlike most other cities in the U.K., Manchester has a functioning tram system. In the background is the Wheel of Manchester. This is a Ferris wheel that offers a panoramic view of the city.
The tram system is known as Metrolink. The network consists of seven lines which radiate from Manche...
The tram system is known as Metrolink. The network consists of seven lines which radiate from Manchester city centre to termini at Altrincham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bury, Didsbury, Eccles, Manchester Airport and Rochdale.
Near the Town Hall was the site of the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819. On August 16 at St Peter's Field, there was a cavalry charge into a crowd of some 80,000 people. The crowd had gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation, including the right of all working people to vote. The term 'Peterloo' was coined as an ironic comparison to the Battle of Waterloo, which took place four years previously.
Manchester Town Hall is a Victorian  Neo-gothic municipal building  completed in 1877.
Manchester Town Hall is a Victorian, Neo-gothic municipal building, completed in 1877.
The park in the center, called Piccadilly Gardens, of the city contains some interesting art work.
An unusual sculpture of a  tree   made from iron as a symbol of the city s industrial heritage.
An unusual sculpture of a 'tree', made from iron as a symbol of the city's industrial heritage.
In the summer the park is busy, especially at the time of the evening commute, with many people stopping off to relax or for a drink.
The main green space in the city center  located close to the main shopping area.
The main green space in the city center, located close to the main shopping area.
The city has many cultural offerings and the theater productions rival those of London.
The Palace Theater in Manchester. The theatre  originally known as The Grand Old Lady of Oxford Stre...
The Palace Theater in Manchester. The theatre, originally known as The Grand Old Lady of Oxford Street, opened on 18 May 1891.
Other places of interest include museums and art galleries.
One of Manchester s many museums  located close to the university.
One of Manchester's many museums, located close to the university.
Manchester Art Gallery. The main gallery premises were built for a learned society in 1823. The gall...
Manchester Art Gallery. The main gallery premises were built for a learned society in 1823. The gallery has a collection of more than 25,000 objects.
Manchester also has a large shopping area. While there are many well-known retail outlets, some stand out such as Dawsons music shop. The photo below shows a glass drum-kit in the shop window, with the passing traffic reflected back.
A glass drum kit inside Dawsons music shop  in the center of Manchester  England.
A glass drum kit inside Dawsons music shop, in the center of Manchester, England.
Manchester boasts many old and traditional pubs. Although many have been taken over by corporate breweries selling insipid larger, many still stock a range of fine craft ales.
The Shakespeare pub  Manchester. Some of the carvings and other ornamentations came from a building ...
The Shakespeare pub, Manchester. Some of the carvings and other ornamentations came from a building that was demolished in Chester and are probably 17th Century.
Manchester is an interesting place to visit for a weekend. It has many great places to eat, plenty to see, some fien cultural institutions and a good shopping area.
A last look at Manchester  close to the main railway station to London.
A last look at Manchester, close to the main railway station to London.
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