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“Interesting but unspectacular”

Manchester Cathedral
Ranked #32 of 193 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Manchester Cathedral has been centre stage in its city’s history for nearly 600 years. In 1421 Henry V signed a royal charter granting permission for a collegiate church to be built. In 1847 a new Manchester diocese was created and this historic church became a Cathedral. The doors are open 7 days a week and the admission is free. Do not miss one of the most interesting churches in the land at the heart of one of the most exciting cities on Earth.
Reviewed 13 May 2014

For a city the size of Manchester, this cathedral is understated. It is interesting but unspectacular.

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

This cathedral is an imposing sight in the heart of Manchester. Its beautiful stained glass windows are newer than most but only due to damage from WWII and a bit from an IRA bomb. History reveals that the church goes back to 1215. Be sure to notice the misericords which are hinged seat arrangements in the stalls. On the back of them are interesting carvings from stories that carry a lesson or moral. There is a statue in the church that is collegiate in nature with a nobleman and a boy at his feet reading. The archetecture is marvelous and the choir area with its dark wood is impressive. There are memorials and tombs in the church that are impressive. Definitely worth a look!

Thank Piseu
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

It doesn't look that big from the outside but once you go in, you see its vastness and its beauty. It is very peaceful on the inside and worth a visit.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Magnificent, despite not huge, the peculiarity of this cathedral resides in its adorned elements in dark wood, and in its wonderful glass walls. Must see.

Price: Free
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 8.30-18.30
Sat: 8.30-18.30
Sun: 8.30-19

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

I came here on a Friday during the schools' half term holidays. Apart from a group of people setting up for a pop music concert in the nave, the cathedral was peaceful and empty. On asking a question about the stained glass windows, I was fortunate enough to be directed to the duty guide for that day who had just arrived. She was a fascinating source of information about the windows and all things to do with the cathedral and was happy to take me round and point out things of interest. Her knowledge and enthusiasm made my visit very memorable. Thank you!

Thank NorfolkHelen
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