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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Boutique Hotels

Some of the most unique places to stay in Manchester. We pick out the top upscale accommodations with a twist.

Culture Guides

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Theatre

The spring/ summer theatre season is in full swing, we’ve got the pick of the performative crop. Read it, pick it and book in.

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Literature

It’s raining poetry and prose this April in the Rainy City, and there’s plenty to catch from both established and emerging writers. Fill your wellie boots – and your mornings, afternoons and evenings, weekdays and weekends.

Music

From death-themed musicals to day-long explorations of the current freakscene, via rising country stars and a fresh look at an art gallery’s collection, the musical calendar for Manchester and the North is packed to the rafters.

Cinema

It’s festival season at the cinemas of the North this month and we’ve got the low-down.

©Viviane Sassen, Ra, series Mud and Lotus 2017. Courtesy of Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Viviane Sassen: Hot Mirror at The Hepworth Wakefield

Exhibitions

Featuring a giant ‘art hammock’, the mesmerising photographs of Vivian Sassen, and a unique exploration into the use of digital technology by indigenous communities in north east Brazil; check out or latest exhibition highlights from across the North West.

Families

Out of this world free festivals of making, magical dance experiences and theatrical adventures for all the family.

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