SUNDAY 4TH MARCH.
being a tourist in Manchester….again!
The exit from Manchester Picadilly train station has much improved on the past few years.
Not least of all with the addition of a Greggs baker, very popular with the lunchtime crowd.
Ah nobody makes pies like Greggs!
My mission was to take a guided walk from the tourist centre at Picadilly gardens. This is the third one I have taken and they have all been excellent and informative. Todays walk was about Charles Dickens. 2012 was the 200th anniversary of his birth on February 7th.
Our guide for today was Ed. A passionate and knowledgeable historian. He explained Dickens links with Manchester. where Dickens was a frequent visitor and public speaker. Some think his novel Hard times was based here.
Ed, our guide.
Our walk took us to the Portico Library.
To Manchester Art Gallery.
The Town Hall
Pointing out interesting buildings where Dickens gave speeches and stayed.
The old and the new. The Hilton Hotel in Beetham tower in the distance. The tallest building in Manchester.
Thomas Chop house
To the Hidden gem. The first post refomation catholic church allowed to be built in non conformist Manchester. Built in 1794.
John Rylands Library.
To the old free trade hall, where Dickens made speeches, which is now the 5 star Raddisson hotel.
Manchester is very good at renovating the old. This former Railway is now a leisure complex.
Just the place for a cup of tea and delicious carrot cake. in Bake Station!
And more views of Deansgate and the Beecham Tower.
Love from Bolton.
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Lovely photos Denise, I didn't realise you had taken so many. Looking at these it makes me realise that Manchester has such great variety in its architecture, some beautiful, some ugly but all worth looking at. The carrot cake was good too!
Ah you can post! how did you do that? Thanks for a nice day and the carrot cake! We must make a date so you can show me the art gallery.
I set up a google account, it was easy once I realised that would enable me to comment! Shall we sort out a date when I'm back from Belfast and you're back from London?
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