With the six-week holidays stretched ahead of you following the stress of exams, it’s easy to fall into a routine of days filled with Netflix. Whilst I’m sure that everyone will agree that vegging out is necessary from time to time, it’s also important to keep your brain stimulated over the summer break. However, it can be difficult to make plans when you’re governed by the budget of a part-time wage, or no wage at all; consequently, I have devised a list to help ensure your summer in Manchester is far from an empty one – nor your wallet:
The John Rylands Library:
A Grade I listed building, the John Rylands Library was commissioned by Enriqueta Rylands as a memorial for her husband, John Rylands – giving the building a certain romantic element. The library is worth visiting simply for its stunning Gothic architecture, however, it also boasts a massive collection of books. Finally, there are various exhibitions and activities at the library, find them on its website: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/
The Northern Quarter and Manchester’s Street Art:
A much more modern area of Manchester is its Northern Quarter. Home to many independent clothing and homeware stores, this neighbourhood is great if you’re partial to a spot of window-shopping. Afflecks Palace offers four floors of wonderful weirdness; Pop Boutique is a haven for lovers of vintage clothing; and Piccadilly Records is the place to be for music fans.
If you find yourself in the Northern Quarter, it’s also worth checking out Manchester’s street art, which brings to life many walls and buildings.
Information regarding Afflecks Palace can be found on its website: www.afflecks.com, its Instagram account: @afflecks_manchester, and its Twitter account: @AFFLECKS.
Manchester’s Art Galleries:
In addition to its street art, Manchester has two art galleries: Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth art gallery. Manchester art gallery’s 13,000 paintings, drawings, and sculptures mean it is easy to spend a whole day there, and the gallery also offers free exhibitions all year round.
Venture further into the city and you’ll find the Whitworth art gallery. Also a home of English artwork, the Whitworth displays the works of painter, William Blake, amongst its 55,000-item collection.
Exhibitions and events held at Manchester Art Gallery can be found on its website: http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/
Exhibitions and events held at the Whitworth Art Gallery can also be found via its website: http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/currentexhibitions/
With these examples of the free activities that Manchester has to offer, and many more, now the only thing you’ll be stuck for is free time – happy exploring!