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Manchester Cathedral, Manchester

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#1 of 12 in Historic Sites in Manchester
Architectural Building Religious Site
Despite its outward appearance, Manchester Cathedral is one of oldest churches in Europe with roots established around 700 CE. Hidden pieces of art give it a whimsical feel. For example, check out the quire stalls, which have hinged seats that you’re welcome to lift gently. Directly underneath are carvings of medieval morality tales. In one, a woman scolds a man for breaking a cooking pot; another depicts men playing table games. Call the church office before visiting to ensure there are not any conflicting events. Put Manchester Cathedral on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Manchester itinerary maker.
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  • We wanted to visit the cathedral but were delighted to find we had arrived at the start of choral evensong which is held in the Choir of this small but beautiful cathedral. The sun was streaming throu...  more »
  • Disappointed! If you wanted a quiet place to think or even worship I did not find it here. The Cathedral was ready for some sort of party with tables laid and a bar set up. Most areas were roped off. ...  more »
  • I was in and out in 10 minutes. Nice architecture and stained glass windows but they are also restoring some areas so theres areas corderened off for building work.  more »
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  • Wonderful architecture steeped in the history of the city. The 16th century carvings in the Quire are a must see. Entry is free, a £3 donation is requested. Well worth a visit, a quiet retreat in the centre of a bustling city centre.
  • absolutely gorgeous cathedral with a lot of hidden gems. look out for the stained glass windows, and the choir seats!
  • It's a really small cathedral. Actually, in other countries like Spain, Italy, Germany,... It will be a small church. So if you are from center or south Europe it's not going to be very impresive. However, it has a differe t style from the european cathedrals so it worth it spend some time there. Is a nice place and is free entrance.
  • Manchester cathedral dates back to the early mediaeval period. It was founded as a collegiate church. It withstood German bombing during the blitz of WWII. It is a wonderful and unexpected space in the vibrant post industrial City of Manchester.
  • Walk in. Have a look about. Try to time it for evensong. Beautiful church.

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Some of Manchester's finest hotels are located near the city center. Staying there will keep you close to all of the city's main attractions, as well as its main road and rail networks. Manchester's centrally located hotels boast modern rooms, good food, and friendly staff. From there you can easily explore Manchester's famous pubs, rooftop bars, and restaurants. For a more leisurely and quiet experience of the city, venture farther away from the central areas. There you can explore a world of relatively inexpensive boutique hotels and self-catering apartments, especially convenient for visitors using Manchester as a base for exploring northern England and North Wales. 
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