Brace yourself; this is going to be a very gushy post about how much I LOVE Manchester. I mean, it’s definitely a close second to London. I just bloody love the accent, its rich musical and industrial heritage and the Northern Quarter is just beautiful. So I’m very excited to share with you some photographs I took recently when I ventured up North for my birthday.
Where we stayed
We spent the night at the recently refurbished and stunning Palace Hotel. Conveniently located next to Oxford Road train station, the hotel is brimming with original features including tiled floors and walls, sash windows and loft-style bedrooms.
What we did
With only a mere 48 hours to spend in Manchester, we tried to cram in as much as possible. After dumping our bags at the hotel we headed to Salford Quays to visit Imperial War Museum North, which I highly recommend. It tells the story of war chronologically and how it affects people’s lives. The Big Picture Show in the main exhibition space was incredibly moving, as projected images and sound fill the entire space focusing on personal testimonies of war.
We were incredibly lucky with the weather over the weekend (Manchester is notoriously famous for its miserable weather) so we embraced it and had lunch by the Quay.
We then headed to the Whitworth Art Gallery which was named Museum of the Year 2015. It features beautiful textiles, wallpapers, prints and artworks and the space itself is stunning. Their gift shop alone is well worth a visit – any shop that sells Aesop gets a thumbs-up from me.
We started day two off with a hearty fry-up from Gorilla which is located under a railway arch. Walking off our breakfast, we made our way to the Northern Quarter where we spent most of the day exploring, searching for street art, shopping in the independent stores and admiring the architecture.
A few places in the Northern Quarter that I loved:
Fred Aldous; a family run, arts and crafts shop over three floors for all your crafting and stationary needs.
Foundation Coffee House; if you’re a coffee / juice / tea / cake / interiors lover this place is for you.
Fig and Sparrow; a coffee and lifestyle store – is there anything more perfect?
With plenty left on my Manchester to-do list, I know it won’t be long before I’m back in the North West again.
To quote Tony Wilson who said it best: ‘This is Manchester. We do things differently here’.
Photos by yours truly, taken on a Nikon EM 35mm, 28mm 2.8, Fujifilm Superia 200