Manchester Cathedral, Manchester

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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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  • August 19, 2017
    Not one of the world's great cathedrals, it's more of a big church. But the stained glass windows, the chapels, and magnificent architecture make this worth a brief visit on any trip through the Manch...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The tower was being renovated which removes a little charm to the building! The Interior is very nice but a lot of material (for renovation /chaises / miscellaneous...) are stored here and there. . The panels are arranged in different parts of the building. Free entry provide an hour!
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  • August 10, 2017
    Very beautiful and magnificent place, with a coffee to feel at ease. But is closed to make a tour all over the place. Recommend.
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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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