A tour of the parts of Manchester City Centre that people often miss...
by Blue Badge Guide Jonathan Schofield
Photos by Aidan O'Rourke
can be slippery. You've visited a place for a couple of days and found
a bar you've liked, seen a couple of principal buildings and think you've
done it. Another time zone later and you're talking to someone who's been
to the same place. You say, "it was all right but I didn't really see
what the fuss was about." The other person says in surprise "but didn't
you see such and such." " Er, no"..you stammer, starting to redden,..."
it was a business trip, I didn't really get time to leave the hotel room....honest"
Well , this is your chance
to be the smart alec in control of the above situation and find some of
the parts other people leave out when visiting, or indeed, whilst living,
in the city.
But even this selection is
a mere taster, the best way to find hidden Manchester is to go out and
discover. This article confines itself to the city centre.
As a caveat, the word hidden
is used cautiously because, in many ways, the items listed below are not
so much hidden as missed; many are features of important buildings which
are easily disregarded. Remember the key is to always look above the shop
fronts, up and around at the buildings. Treat this advice with discretion
when crossing busy roads.