Manchester has an excellent public transport network with the free Metro Shuttle, the Metrolink network (which is one of the most successful light rail systems in the UK, carrying around 22 million passengers every year) and the normal buses. The city is also built in between 5 railway stations. The Metro Shuttle runs three circular routes which links the train stations, NCP car parks, shops and businesses. The Metrolink looks really good but dogs aren't allowed on so that has been a no no for us :-(
We took one of the Shuttle buses up to Piccadilly station and then walked to the Tourist Office. We didn't find much that was dog friendly but we had thought that but they were extremely helpful. We walked to Piccadilly Gardens, had a coffee and watched the trams meandering round and people who just take them all in their stride. The trams are quite noisy and do hoot their horns a lot but they just seem to work.
|A tram at Piccadilly Gardens
From Piccadilly we walked up passed the Printworks which is now an urban entertainment venue. The building was constructed in 1929 and was the largest newspaper printing house in Europe. In 2000, as part of the redevelopment of Manchester following the 1996 IRA bomb, it reopened as a leisure centre offering clubs and eateries.
The next landmark was the Urbis Centre which houses the National Football Museum. I paid a quick visit inside to pay a quick visit (!) and it did look pretty amazing.
|The Urbis Centre
|Cathedral on the Street
|Herb containers outside the Cathedral on the Street
We had lunch at the Old Wellington pub which is a scheduled ancient monument. It was once home to some of the founders of Manchester commerce - the people behind its first bank, its first quay and the cotton industry. It was the family home of the Byroms, and it was John Byrom, born here in 1692, who invented an early form of shorthand. The building was moved 100 yards from its original site in a redevelopment programme in 1998.