Manchester, founded by the Romans, later became a hive of activity during the 18th Century Industrial Revolution. Blake's 'dark satanic mills' no doubt created an unholy racket too, with steam-powered looms clacking away 24/7 as great fortunes were amassed by the lucky few. There wasn't much luck, or peace either, for the folk who did the actual work, but some of the wealth did cascade down the generations and find its way into noble civic buildings and endowments. The modern city is a fascinating blend of old and new, with relics like the Manchester Ship Canal bearing silent witness to the city's glory days. Stay at a hotel or guesthouse in Manchester and you'll be able to explore the clean, modern metropolis and much of its industrial heritage for yourself.
Manchester Hotels for Chic and Stylish Deansgate
Deansgate is the classy part of Manchester, full of high-end restaurants, bars and banks to pricey stores like House of Fraser. This area of Manchester is actually just one long road, but its hinterland covers everything between Granada TV Studios to Deansgate Locks and Cross Street to Selfridges. It's a shopper's and gourmet's paradise, and you could easily spend a whole day here from your Manchester hotel or guesthouse. It has not been unknown to spot one of the stars of Coronation Street sauntering around here, so keep your phone camera cocked and you might get lucky. Real celebrities often come here for the area's chic clubs and buzzing nightlife, but everyone is welcome. Deansgate is basically Manchester's answer to Sloane Square, and is populated by beautiful people and the seriously well-heeled!
Explore Upmarket Deansgate from Your Manchester Hotel
Manchester is packed with attractions from the city's industrial past, with many of the steam engines and original looms housed in venues like the Museum of Science and Industry. The trams are a great attraction too, along with the historic quays, docks and canals which brought wealth to the city. Explore all these and more, but try to get along to Deansgate as well from your Manchester hotel to see how much things have changed, in just a few years really.