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Town Hall


Manchester's most impressive building is the Grade I–listed town hall, completed in 1877 after a design by Alfred Waterhouse. The Great Hall is decorated with murals by Ford Madox Brown and mosaics incorporating Manchester's worker bee symbol. Visitors are usually able to go into the building on a tour but it closed for a six-year refurbishment in 2018.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Manchester attractions

1. Central Library

0.09 MILES

Britain's largest municipal library was built in 1934 to resemble the Roman Pantheon. A major refurbishment has seen the addition of a wonderful Children…

2. Manchester Art Gallery

0.11 MILES

A superb collection of British art and a hefty number of European masters are the highlights at the city's top art gallery. It's home to the best…

3. Midland Bank

0.13 MILES

The year 1935 saw the opening of Edwin Lutyens' stunning art-deco Midland Bank, now home to a branch of Jamie's Italian – even if you don't eat there it's…

4. John Rylands Library

0.18 MILES

Less a library and more a cathedral to books, Basil Champneys' stunning building is a breathtaking example of Victorian Gothic, no more so than the…

5. People's History Museum

0.39 MILES

The story of Britain's 200-year march to democracy is told in all its pain and pathos at this superb museum, housed in a refurbished Edwardian pumping…

6. Alan Turing Statue

0.39 MILES

A statue of the noted mathematician, code breaker and gay martyr Alan Turing, who taught at the University of Manchester from 1946–52, when he lost his…

7. Science and Industry Museum

0.44 MILES

Manchester's rich industrial legacy is explored in this excellent museum set within the enormous grounds of the old Liverpool St station, the oldest rail…

8. National Football Museum

0.46 MILES

This museum charts the evolution of British football from its earliest days to the multi-billion-pound phenomenon it is today. One of the highlights is…