- On August 22, 2017
If you’re heading to Manchester as a student, the chances are you’ve already marked out the main bits of the city: where to eat and drink, where you’ll be studying, where you’ll be staying and where you’ll be storing your extra bits and pieces (hint, hint).
However, there are a fair few hidden gems in Manchester that you might not be aware of. Here, we’re going to go through some of the best.
Head off the beaten track and you’ll find yourself at Redbank Co, a tasty mix of café, cocktail bar and photography studio set within the old railway arches. There’s a comfy whisky lounge full of sofas – heaven to scotch lovers – and their cocktails are delicious. Oh, and you can also head there during the day for your coffee hit. Recommended.
The Portico Library
We’re a sucker for an old-school library, and the Portico is well worth a visit. Set in a swish Grade II listed building, it first opened back in 1806 and still offers a great collection of rare books. It’s also got a reading room that any book lovers will absolutely love to spend time relaxing in. And if you decide to loan a few books, if you run out of space for all your text books, academic essays and novels, you can always store them at one of our specialist storage spaces.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s house
Another must for book lovers, Elizabeth Gaskell’s house was home to the great author whilst she wrote some of her best-known stories including North and South and Cranford. What’s more, Gaskell also played host to a number of names from the literary world, including Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte. Enjoy afternoon tea before having a stroll in the beautiful gardens.
The Hidden Gem Church
Art lover? Get yourself along to St Mary’s Catholic Church. As the first Catholic church to be built following the reformation, this 1794 building now contains one of the UK’s finest 20th-century art commissions, Norman Adams’ representation of the stations of the cross.
OK, high-end shops and the student lifestyle don’t necessarily mix. But trust us, there’s nothing quite like a morning spent mooching around Harvey Nichols, even if it’s just to pick up a few accessories. And remember, if you find yourself with too much stuff for your digs, you can always store the excess at one of our facilities without having to break the bank.
Need a caffeine hit but don’t want to deepen the pockets of the high street brands? Head along to Christie’s Bistro, which is now set in the University of Manchester’s Oxford Road Old Christie Library. Not the location you’d expect to find a hidden gem in, we’ll admit, but trust us: it’s a lovely place to grab a drink or a light bite. There’s even a more formal restaurant if you fancy a proper meal.
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