SmartTRAVEL: Manchester

From Scotland, we go back to England for Team India’s test tour, and bring you beauteous sights beyond cricketing fights

SmartTRAVEL: Manchester
What to SEE

Manchester Cathedral

On the banks of the Irwell, Manchester Cathedral dates mostly from 1422 to 1506 and was raised to cathedral status in 1847. The chapels on both sides of the nave and choir were built between 1486 and 1508, with further additions and alterations in almost every subsequent century. Particularly notable are the choir-stalls, with some of the most richly decorated misericords in the country.

Museum of Science and Industry

If you’re fascinated by science or intrigued by industrial life, this museum has a range of captivating exhibits for you to feast your eyes on. Learn all about DNA and how it is used to control crime and disease. Don’t miss the 4D theatre and see Victorian machinery in action. Afterwards take in the spectacular views of the stars within the planetarium.

John Rylands Library

Built by the wife of the successful cotton merchant John Rylands to commemorate her husband, this library first opened to the public in 1900. The imposing neo-Gothic building and its interiors -- with moulded plasterwork, elaborate vaulted ceilings, stained glass and a beautiful, still-in-use reading room -- are impressive. Regular events and exhibitions take place throughout the year.

Where to EAT

Cloud 23

Enjoy fabulous European food and cocktails at Cloud 23 located in the Beetham Tower, the tallest building in Manchester. This contemporary restaurant and bar provides stunning views through its floor-to-ceiling windows across the ever changing skyline of the city. Try the fresh crab salad, warm grilled scallops, spiced lamb and mini sugar cones.

Where to SHOP

Lowry Outlet Mall

Perfect for the fashion savvy and bargain hunters alike, this shopping arena has shops offering discounts on apparel, homeware products, luxury gifts and more. Located near the waterfront of Salford Quays, Marks & Spencer, Molton Brown, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and more are available.

THE PICK: Old Trafford

The Theatre of Dreams held its first game in 1910 and visitors can take an 80-minute tour around the historic ground. Manchester United fans will love snooping in the players’ dressing room and walking through the tunnel on to the pitch. If you want to look around the stadium, buy a museum and stadium ticket.

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