1. Rylands Library
”The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.”(Information taken from the Library website.)
It is opened 7 DAYS A WEEK. The entrance is completely FREE and you are welcome, whether you want to use the actual library or just enjoy the XIX century vybe, which is in my experience absolutely amazing, if you are looking for a quiet oasis amidst the noisy city. The library is situated in the heart of the Manchester City. The information about its location and what is currently on, you can find here.
2. Chethams Music School and Library
This beautiful building is situated in the North East part of the city centre and besides being a library it is still used as a Music School. How amazing it is, to have your lessons in such a building! ”It was built in 1421 to accommodate a college of priests and remains one of the most complete medieval complexes to survive in the north west of England. Chetham’s Library, which was founded in 1653, is the oldest surviving public library in Britain.” (Information taken from the library website). More information about its history if you are a history geek like me) you can find here.
Besides paying a visit for FREE (donation suggested, totally worth it) you can also GET MARRIED in this historic building from XV century. How ROMANTIC is that!!
3. Ordsall Hall, Salford Greater Manchester
Anybody up for a GhOST HUNT? Look no further! This hidden gem is said to be a home of few ghosts. They even have organized Ghost Nights.
”Ordsall Hall has had a long and interesting history with many different uses since it was first mentioned in records in 1177! Today, it is a welcoming and friendly historic house telling the story of the Hall and some of the people who made it their home.
There is so much to do and discover! Dress up as a Tudor, try on some chainmail, discover some of the foods that would have been cooked at the Hall in the 1500s, pretend you are having a feast around the table in our Great Hall, find out about the Pre-Raphaelite artist who lived here, listen to the story of the 450 year old Radclyffe bed, chat to our friendly staff and volunteers, visit our allotment and herb garden, explore the sculptures in the gardens and much, much more.” (Information taken from the website.)
Another absolutely stunning place with NO ENTRANCE FEE. Besides ghost hunting, you can have a drink or a snack in an authentic coffee shop, enjoy spending time in a beautiful garden, buy a gift in a Gift Shop or Get Married.
Hope you enjoyed this little time travel. Thanks for stopping buy!