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Places to visit in Manchester
  • Manchester’s Museum of Transport is based in one of the city’s oldest bus garages and aims to promote public interest in passenger transport. The museum has one of the largest collections of its kind and illustrates Greater Manchester’s rich transport heritage with an extensive collection of restored vehicles from the area. Visit gmts.co.uk for more information. 
  • The Manchester Jewish Museum can be found in a former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue and is the only Jewish Museum in England outside of London. This classic example of Victorian architecture also boasts stunning stained glass windows and cast-iron fittings. The museum serves to chronicle the lives of the Jewish population of Manchester and explore their impact on the city today. Visit manchesterjewishmuseum.com to learn more. 
  • Founded in 1653, Chetham’s Library is the oldest public library in the English speaking world. The collection at Chetham’s is one of both international and national importance and some of the books on show date back as far as 1655. The library isn’t just home to books; they also have manuscript diaries, letters, prints, paintings and much more. Visit chethams.org.uk for more information about the library. 
  • Manchester's Victoria Baths opened in 1906 and was described as a 'water palace' with swimming, bathing and leisure facilities. The building boasts many stunning period decorative features including stained glass and mosaic tiled floors. The Victoria Baths was open to the public of central Manchester for a total of 87 years before it was closed in 1993. Visit victoriabaths.org.uk for more information.
  • This Victorian police station is a showcase for the history of the police force in Manchester. The museum was opened in 1981 and it is still home to the station’s original cells, offices and Magistrates Court rescued from Denton Police Station. Visitors also have the chance to take a look at a display of the police uniforms and equipment that has been used over the ages. Visit gmpmuseum.co.uk for more information. 
  • The Working Class Movement Library was started by Edmund and Ruth Frow in the 1950s as a personal collection but then in the 1980s the collection became too big to fit in their house. At this point Salford Council arranged for the artefacts to be moved to Salford. Now visitors are welcome to experience the range of work on display including moving accounts from the front line of the Spanish Civil War, the story of the Suffragettes and real life details of tradesmen and women in the UK. Visit wcml.org.uk for more information about the library. 
  • The Pankhurst Centre was the birthplace of the Suffragette movement. The house was the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family and was the site of the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union. The centre is home to a small museum and heritage centre dedicated to the Pankhurst family and the Suffragette movement and it also serves as a women's community centre. Visit thepankhurstcentre.org.uk for more information. 

  • Author Elizabeth Gaskell's house is a Grade II listed property that was built in the 1830s. The elegant, Regent-style property was where Gaskell wrote some of her most famous works including Cranford, North and South and Wives and Daughters. Other famous visitors to the house were influential authors Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë. Visit elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk.