Manchester England, for a day

Manchester England for a day

Our lovely friends in Preston are having Explorason for a sleepover. So Explorafriend and I head to Manchester. First off is High Tea at Cloud 23 at the Hilton Hotel.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester Hilton

It is a bleak and rainy day and the view is grey, but we love the skyline.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester #1

To us, it doesn’t matter if it is wet outside, as this is the way to see a city in the rain.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester #2

The Hilton boasts of having a glass window – on the floor.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Cloud 23 Floor window

Here you can see the street below.

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Exploramum and Explorason – surfing on the glass

So we are dare-devils and balance on it like surfers. So many can’t even stand on it.

The afternoon tea is delightful with whatever and however many hot drinks we desire included.  I think I was jumping around like a coffee bean after 2 hours of countless coffee.  Thanks to Explorafriend for this special time together!

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Exploramum and Explorason – High Tea

Make sure you visit the toilets if you go there too. The view is incredible with window decals that are fun.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hilton toilet view

We wander around the old part of town and end up at the Palace Hotel to wait for a friend.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester City #1

On the way, we pass the square.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester City #2

We all then head out for a drink and dinner and the first stop is a toilet that is now a bar!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester Toilet Bar

We head to another old workers’ bar. Tiled walls and lead-light – it is a lovely place.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester tiled Hotel

We cross over locks and head down to the nightclub and restaurant area.  It is beautiful.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester City walking along the canals

They really have done a good job with Manchester in restoring it and modernizing what once was a very industrial city.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester classy barges

Barges on the canal are no longer for cargo – now homes with flower pots.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester barges

This area is a real mix of old and new.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester City canal bridge

I am so glad we decided to call into Manchester. It is not as I expected!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Manchester pub dinner

We finish off at a lovely pub for dinner. I love the fact that the old feel is not all gone.  We have spent tonight with a colleague to Explorafriend. Jay, you are lovely and we so appreciated you being our guide!

The pub is warm and the food is good.  We don’t have a late night, but we really enjoyed exploring Manchester!

 

 

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