Merchants’ palaces, Gothic towers, Baroque fantasies and Classical temples: Manchester city centre is lined with architectural splendour, from the soaring spires of Manchester Town Hall to the mathematical purity of the Friends’ Meeting House; from the exquisite Renaissance effects of the Athenaeum to the Art Deco embellishments of Sunlight House.
No wonder the Builder magazine once described Manchester as “a more interesting city to walk over than London. One can scarcely walk about Manchester without coming across frequent examples of the grand in architecture. There is nothing to equal it since the building of Venice.
On this “Manchester Architecture Revealed” tour we take you through the city’s streets from the commercial heart of the city, through the Northern Quarter to the Chips Building in Ancoats, designed by enfant terrible Will Alsop, guided by enfant terrible John Alker.