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Manchester Town Hall, Manchester

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Government Building Landmark
Manchester Town Hall is considered one of the best examples of Gothic revival architecture in the world. The ominous walls have seen many a mayor pass under their stone and stained glass. Names of the mayors who have taken office since 1838 are inscribed on the skylight in the landing. Look down at the mosaic floor depicting cotton flowers visited by bees. The Great Hall is decorated with the Manchester Murals, which illustrate the city's history. The building's most recognizable feature is the Great Abel clock tower, rising over 87 m (285 ft) above the rooftops. Put Manchester Town Hall into our Manchester trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It's such a nice place to visit! Very nice building and surrounding area with a lot to see and visit.  more »
  • lovely building to look at many trevelers taking photos and we also go at chritsmas lovely fire work disply never been disapointed you can have your wedding thier and a certin times of the year DIFFER...  more »
  • Manchester City Hall is a nice and interesting thing to visit. It has great architectural quality, there are a lot of things worth seeing both outside and inside. It is kind of important spot in a cit...  more »
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  • I have been coming to this building for the past 10 years in various capacities. Its a wonderful Historic building with some great architecture. The staff are always friendly and accommodating.
  • You seldom see the building with Renaissance style in manchester but luckily the town hall still has its touch
  • Lovely wedding venue. Beautiful building with so much history. I'm sure we'll return.
  • Historic building built by Alfred Waterhouse, often used in TV and movies as a double for the Houses of Parliament. Great event venue, especially for weddings, or just pop in to the cafe.
  • Amazing gothic interior.

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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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