Exchange Square, Manchester, United Kingdom
Exchange Square Manchester Reviews
A draw for locals and tourists alike Sep 11, 2011
One, if not ‘the’ most attractive of Manchester city centre’s pedestrianised squares, Exchange Square is a magnet for tourists and locals and as such it is somewhere I always take visitors. There are lots of public sitting places, which makes the square a good place to people watch and rest your feet; its main attractions though are:
Manchester’s Big Wheel – bit like the London eye, with views over the city and outlying areas.
The Old Wellington Inn and Sinclair’s Oyster bar - both historically picturesque. Sinclair’s was rebuilt following the 1996 IRA bombing, which destroyed part of the city centre, and moved brick by brick 300 yards to its present location. A bit tatty inside, its large outdoor seating area is very popular especially in good weather, but you have to get there early to get a seat. A walk down a nearby side street leads to Manchester Cathedral, which sometimes doubles as an unusual concert venue.
The Printworks – a unique entertainment complex, housed in a converted old Printworks, this is worth a look in just to wander through, even without stopping at any of the bars and restaurants inside. Visitors are always impressed by its novelty.
The Triangle Shopping Centre - worth a look in, though it is not as large as it appears to be from the outside and you won’t want to spend much time there. For the ladies, they have a very popular Bravissimo store.
New Cathedral Street, a shopper’s idyll - just off the square, right near the Big Wheel; home to Harvey Nichols (café and cocktail bar on the top floor), Selfridges and various designer/higher-end of the market stores. Just behind the Wheel there’s an entrance to the Arndale Centre with all the well known branded retail outlets. Adjacent, there is very large Next Store.
The square is particularly lively and attractive in sunny weather, but worth a visit at any time of year. It also hosts part of the Christmas Markets that have become so popular in recent years.
Marked free, as costs nothing to just wander around. Ride on the Big Wheel costs about £6.50.
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