In Manchester powerhouse, it is surprising to find a Ferris wheel. It is very reminiscent of London Eye, London's spectacular building, and it also allows you to see the city from a different perspective: from the air. The funny thing is that it is located in a strange place for an "attraction" of this type, almost embedded in a triangle between buildings, and next to two of the most important buildings of the city: The Ubis and Printworks. You can visit it either during the day or at night, if you want to see the city in two different ways, awake or asleep.
With the arrival of Media City UK which is the new home of the BBC, this area full of canals, stores, restaurants and the famous tram. It´s in one of the newest and most recently renovated areas in Manchester.
The Beetham Tower is the only skyscraper in Manchester, and is the 7th tallest building in Britain. Completed in 2006, it has 48 floors and stands over 160 meters high. The famous Hilton hotel chain is housed on the first 23 floors of the tower, the rest being occupied by luxury apartments. It is impossible to miss in Manchester as it towers above the rest of the city. Of course, a night at the hotel is not within the reach of every budget. Prices cost about 250 GBP per person, so most of us will have to make do with looking up at the tower!
Located between the MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) and the great Hilton tower, Castlefield was home in the late eighteenth century to the first industrial canal in the world and, in 1830, the first passenger rail line in the world. This former industrial area, where iron bridges, roads, railways and canals intertwine, was in decline until it was declared as an "Urban Heritage Park" in 1982. Now restoration has helped it become one of the most pleasant places in Manchester to have a drink, eat at one of the trendy restaurants or go for a stroll in summer.
Manchester city center, the area is usually visited by tourists and is not very large. If you do not fancy walking or if the end of the day you want to go to the other end, you can always take one of the trams that connect the city. Individual tickets cost about 2 pounds per person in minutes you arrive at your destination. Picadilly Gardens and Market Street are perhaps the closest thing to an exchange point: The place where you can jump on whichever tram you like. For those unused to seeing trams in cities, it is always interesting to see them operating on the streets with vehicles and pedestrians. It is not a city that suffers from car congestion, helped by the trams.
Located between Deansgate and the River Irwell, in the late 90s several buildings around the John Rylands Library were bought, in order to make a business area. It is one of the most modern parts of the town. Allied London Properties spent £ 1.5 billion on this project, constructing 20 new buildings over a total of approximately 430,000 square meters of commercial, residential, and retail space.
The former central railway station was built in 1876, designed by John Fowler. Today it is a modern international convention and exhibition center, the G-MEX. With a theater, hotel and lots of facilities, this is an excellent center.
This brick building was erected in late 1820. It has four floors, and was used for loading lumber and other goods from the canal. The holes allowed barges into the loading bays. It avoided demolition when the industry began to wane, and was renovated as part of the Castlefield redevelopment project of the 1980's.
This modern building, located in the trendy Spinningfields area, has been praised for its environmental credentials and high quality design. It was nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007 and named one of the "best British buildings of the century" by Blueprint magazine in 2011.