Manchester has been a centre for textile manufacturing since Flemish weavers first moved there from the Continent in the 15th Century. This activity reached its peak during the Industrial Revolution, with the invention of steam-powered spinning machines by Richard Arkwright. The legacy of those energetic and heady days lie all around the city, and Manchester's industrial heritage is now a great tourist attraction. You can see it in the canals, railways, warehouses and mills, and the wealth it brought to the city laid the foundations for many civic buildings and institutions. Stay at a Manchester hotel or guesthouse and explore the industrial past while enjoying every modern convenience.
Hotels in Manchester for the Northern Quarter of the City
Manchester's Northern Quarter is the area in the centre of the city around Oldham Street, between Victoria, Piccadilly and Ancoats. It's a boutique district with lots of designer outlets, and many of the workers here are involved in design and music. Close to busy Market Street, the Northern Quarter is distinguished by its vinyl record shops, vintage chic boutiques and curry houses, and is for the most part chain-free. It's an area characterised by its picturesque, small independent shop fronts and narrow alleyways, and you'll find it a pleasure to stroll around from your hotel on Manchester when you're out here for the day. Many of this area's warehouses and alleys date back to the glory days of textile manufacturing in Manchester, so it's full of a bitter-sweet nostalgia too.
Discover the Northern Quarter from Manchester Hotels
Apart from the cultural heritage on show here, the Northern Quarter is packed with a great variety bars and restaurants. It's the sort of chic place you come to just hang out with friends, and if you're a fan of coffee and cakes you'll absolutely love it here. Most of the shops are to be found along Oldham Street, which is also home to live music bars, and in the evenings the whole district really comes alive. While taking a break at a Manchester hotel, the Northern Quarter is the place to come for charm, atmosphere and boutique shopping.