Hotels

Creative Tourist

There are so many hotels in Manchester that it can be hard to pick the best. Many of the city’s oldest hotels come complete with their own back story, too. Take the former Free Trade Hall, built near the site of the Peterloo Massacre and itself the site of an infamous Suffragette protest, which is now the Radisson Edwardian Hotel. This is a building that saw both political reform and musical innovation (it was here, in 1966, that Bob Dylan was heckled as a ‘Judas’ for betraying his folk roots). Another historic hotel nearby is the Midland Hotel, which opened in 1903 as a monument to its owners, the Midland Railway Company. Recognisable by the pink and brown terracotta tiled frontage, the Midland boasts many famous guests: it’s where Charles Rolls met Henry Royce, where Winston Churchill dined and where Laurence Olivier stayed while filming Brideshead Revisited. But don’t get lost in history. To make life easy when it comes to booking, here’s our guide.

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