Manchester was badly destroyed in the war and underwent a massive re-bulding during the 1960's so many of the most beautiful historic buildings no longer exist, but there are some historic sites still worth visiting in Manchester:
Manchester Cathedral is a medieval church is the very heart of Manchester located on Victoria Street and is the host to the Bishop of Manchester. It is open to the public every day of the week, and also hosts religious services several times a day, all of which are open free of charge to visitors. When visiting the cathedral, there are three special points of interest. 1) Angel Stone- The oldest object in the building, a mysterious little stone. 2) Misericords - Early sixteenth century carvings made from wood which can be found underneath the Quire seats. They are some of the best in the world! 3) Musical Angels - Located in the middle of the church, high above your heads, are carvings of magnificent fifteenth century angels playing musical instruments. The cathedral is family friendly and has a special Explorer's Trial which children can follow armed with their backpacks and spyglass, free of charge! There is a lot to see in and around the city centre Cathedral and is definitely worth having a look around.
Manchester Town Hall is a Victorian Gothic masterpiece, situated in Albert Square. The hall is the ceremonial headquarters of Manchester City Council and is also home to a number of local government departments. The entrance of the Town Hall is home to twelve statues including ones of Henry III of England and Saint George. There is also a 280 ft clock tower housing 23 bells which echo around Manchester on the hour, every hour. The hall makes a fantastic backdrop for a souvenir picture of your visit to Manchester.
Chethams' Library is housed in an old yet beautiful building in the city centre of Manchester. The library has a fine collection of early printed books, and is home to some fantastic rare titles, only available at Chetham's Library. The Library started to acquire book in 1655 and has been adding to its collection ever since. The interior of the Library has a magical feel to it, something similar to a Hogwarts common room. Chetham's Library of books collection has been designated as one of national and international importance, making a visit there even more compulsory. Unfortunately the first floor of the library is via stairs and wheelchair users and those who have difficulties managing the stairs will not be able to access it as there is no lift installed however, there are ground floor study rooms which are accessible to all. For visitors interested in the art of literature, Chetham's Library is a must.