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Libraries in Manchester: the oldest vs. most beautiful in the world?

Chetham’s library in Manchester was founded in 1653 and claims to be the oldest surviving public library in Britain. Books from over 250 years old are stored in this centre of history. Despite the age of these books, you still have the possibility to explore a few of Chetham’s treasures and actually read some of these books. If you’d like to read there all you have to do is make an appointment. Besides books, the library has collected letters and deeds, beautiful paintings, prints and glass lantern-slides.

An interesting fact to know is that Karl Marx visited the library in 1846 at the invitation of his friend and fellow revolutionary socialist Friederick Engels.

All in all, it is more than worth a visit this oldest library in Britain, which is full of significant history facts.

After Chetham’s library in Manchester, the John Rylands Library is also worth mentioning. The John Rylands Library was built in 1890 and is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Due to its significant architecture and impressive collections, people from over the whole world go to Manchester to visit this library.

Due to the fact that Rylands wanted to build the library in this central and fashionable site of the city, it was not an easy job for John Rylands to convince the residents. There were a lot of discussions about the permissible height of the building, which in the end came in at just over 34 feet. The position of the library was also criticized because of the lack on surrounding place, but after many negotiation sessions he made it happen.

This marvelous library which filled with a significant collection of books is definitely worth visiting when you’re in Manchester.

Manchester guide part 2: sleeping, shopping and seeing

And so it is time for our next installment of how to enjoy your perfect weekend break in Manchester. This time we will be focusing  where you can stay, and how to experience the best of Manchester’s rich cultural life, the music and events which you can go and see and most importantly for bargain hunters and fashionistas, where to go shopping!

Culture, music and events: Manchester MEN Arena regularly shows live acts from the international music scene. The Lowry Arts and Entertainment Centre regularly shows theatre and dance, hosting art exhibitions and is even the chosen venue of ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent”! The Royal Exchange Theatre shows regular performances of dance, theatre and music.

Bars and clubs: There is no shortage of bars and clubs. You can spend your evening drinking in your own style, from relaxed drinks in The Black Dog Ballroom, to the European bottled beer and vodka at The Cord Bar, without forgetting the venues that cater for the LGBT scene such as Spiritz and New York, New York. For clubbing, The Warehouse Project is a memorable night out with a calendar jammed with live music events, whilst Sankeys has a place in the heart of every Mancunian clubber!

Where to stay: For luxury, head to the historical Palace Hotel, which guarantees comfort and convenience in a central location. For a smaller budget, check out some of the more wallet friendly hotels such as the family friendly Britannia Hotel, located in the heart of the city, close to rail, bus and shuttle links. If it’s more of a backpacker feel that you’re after however, head for a night of shut-eye at Hatters Youth Hostel on New Street, which is Manchester’s backpacker’s favourite.

Shopping:Manchester boasts excellent mainstream and unique shopping .High street brands are available at the Trafford Centre and in the city centre on Market Street, Deansgate and the Arndale Centre. For something different, The Vintage Fair visits Manchester every third week of the month, but Affleck’s Palace remains a permanent fixture for all things eclectic, with 5 floors of unique clothes, jewellery and other decorations!

Manchester: tips for the perfect weekend away

Over the next few days we will be doing a special focus on how to have a weekend away in Manchester. In this comprehensive guide you will get great tips on all the best places to eat, drink, visit and see.

Manchester is an excellent city to visit. Young and vibrant, the old mixes with the new, as an historic centre for industry mixes with today’s modern shopping malls, offices and architecture. The city centre’s atmosphere has a constant buzz of youth it, and there is always so much going on. On the main shopping street you can experience all the high street brands. You will walk past street buskers, hot dog stands and many interesting passing faces.

During the day you can go shopping, visit one of Manchester’s many museums and art galleries, or simply relax and enjoy a coffee and cake as you watch the busy city go by. By night, the city just glows with life as the many bars and clubs tempt you in, offering trendy cocktails and tasty bar snacks, lots of live music, DJs, dancing and parties. Here, the bright lights of the stage light up some some of the best of theatre and dance performances the UK has to offer. Manchester is truly a great place for short weekend breaks, which is why I have constructed this comprehensive guide to having the perfect getaway here!

Popular activities & Sightseeing: Manchester has many exciting things to do, with interactive museums such as The Museum of Science and Industry in the city centre and Quarry Bank Mill, a historical factory and 19th century industry museum, which is a little further out of the city centre in the beautiful surrounding countryside, you will never be bored! For a truly fascinating and moving experience, head to The Imperial War Museum which is entirely funded by donations and tells the story of global conflict.

Dining: With something to suit every taste, there is no shortage of fine dining in Manchester. For a multi-award winning Punjabi style curry head to: East Z East Riverside. For steak and seafood, head to The Grill on the Alley and experience a great atmosphere and excellent service. At The Northern Quarter, you can experience the best of the regional produce that the North West has to offer. Sam’s Chop House is another Manchester favourite. Here you can sample traditional Corned-beef hash cake, followed by an Eccles’ cake with ice cream.

Join us here again tomorrow to read about going out, shopping and music, culture and events in Manchester.
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