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Whitworth Street, Manchester

Whitworth Street, Manchester

Running for a mile from east to west between Manchester’s Piccadilly and Deansgate stations, Whitworth Street is one of Manchester city centre’s most historic streets. The long lane runs alongside a rail viaduct, cutting through the southern side of the city centre – becoming Whitworth Street West for the western half of its diameter. The street is named after local manufacturer and philanthropist Sir Joseph Whitworth, creator of the Whitworth rifle. His works building once stood on Whitworth Street, part of the Edwardian industrial heritage Manchester is known for, and which can best be seen along this avenue.

Whitworth Street is characterised by the grand, well preserved Edwardian warehouses which line its length. The area developed after the opening of Manchester’s Ship Canal in 1894, which opened the city up to international maritime trade. Many buildings constructed in the early 20th century still remain, including Manchester University’s Sackville Street building and India House, both of which are Grade II listed buildings. The street also has links to Manchester’s recent history, with the former Hacienda nightclub situated in the middle of the street, and the still active Ritz nightclub located on Whitworth Street West. Both venues helped make Manchester arguably the musical capital of the UK in the late 20th century.

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Sight Name: Whitworth Street
Sight Location: Manchester, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Manchester, England

Create Your Own Walk in Manchester

Create Your Own Walk in Manchester

Creating your own self-guided walk in Manchester is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Manchester Historic Architecture Tour

Manchester Historic Architecture Tour

Manchester’s architectural scene is rich in style variety. Throughout centuries, the city has evolved in phases, each of which left its own peculiar imprint on its tapestry. There are medieval red-brick buildings in Manchester coexisting with concrete-and-glass structures from the modern era. On this self-guided walk you will visit some of the most important historical architecture in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Oxford Road Tour

Oxford Road Tour

One of the main avenues of Manchester is Oxford Road. Locals and tourists find the area equally attractive as it features some of the city's main culture and higher education institutions like the Manchester Museum, the Contact Theater, the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Dancehouse. Take your this self guided walk to explore the attractions on Oxford Road.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Edwardian Architecture Tour

Edwardian Architecture Tour

A product of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is noted for its warehouses, railway viaducts, cotton mills and canals, reflecting the most ambitious and exciting phase of its past. Much of the city's architecture developed during the reign of King Edward VII, 1901-1910, which gave birth to the Edwardian architectural style so much popular in the United Kingdom at the turn of the 20th...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Top Religious Sites in Manchester

Top Religious Sites in Manchester

Manchester has many places of worship that serve different religions. Baptists, Roman catholics or other congregations have found their place in the city. Check out the listed religious sites of Manchester to appreciate their beauty on this self guided walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Manchester Museums Tour

Manchester Museums Tour

Filled with history and important in many domains including industry, economy and culture, Manchester is the city of heritage that is an attraction itself. If you’re interested in learning interesting facts about the city, take this self guided tour and have your questions answered.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Manchester Introduction Walk

Manchester Introduction Walk

The seventh most populated city in England, Manchester is an important cultural, industrial and historic center. Its name originates from the Latin word “Mamucium” or its variant “Mancunio”, owing to which the citizens of Manchester are still referred to as Mancunians. These names are generally thought to represent a Latinisation of an original Brittonic name in which mamm- means...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles

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Top 10 Cafes and Sweet Shops in Manchester

Top 10 Cafes and Sweet Shops in Manchester

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