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Albert Square (2006)

Like its geographical namesake in Eastenders, Albert Square is the epicentre of local life. Twas not ever thus. In days gone by, it was Piccadilly Gardens which served as the culinary hub. But despite various makeovers recently, it's pretty tatty and tawdry compared with Albert Square's Gothic Victorian splendour. There's also something to eat for...Read This Article

Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton (2006)

Barlow Moor Road, one of the major thoroughfares leading into Manchester, takes its name from the aristocratic Barlow family (no connection with Ken of Coronation Street fame.) whom once lived in stately splendour round these parts. Barlow Hall, their former home, is now a golf clubhouse. And the road, once surrounded by fields and open land, has s...Read This Article

Burton Road, West Didsbury (2006)

Burton Road is foodie heaven. Long before it was fashionable to eat out, this quirky corner of West Didsbury was awash with places to go - most fairly cheap, very cheerful, and catering for the students and bedsit brigade who lived in the area. Well, house prices may have rocketed, and one or two of the restaurants have gone distinctly upmarket, co...Read This Article

Canal Street (2006)

Canal Street - as immortalised in TV series like Queer As Folk - is the hub of Manchester's gay village. Or, "the village" as it's usually called these days. At one time, it was trendier than trendy. But that's changed a bit. Largely because noisy coach parties tend to turn up at weekends and these days many "straight" folk come to gawp and take a...Read This Article

Chapel Walks (2006)

Chapel Walks takes its name from the Cross Street chapel which, in various guises, has been a fixture for nigh on 200 years. Its alleyways and passages are a little bit of old Manchester -- one which thankfully escaped the IRA bomb which exploded only a few hundred yards away in 1996. Increasingly, it has become a focal point for restaurants and ca...Read This Article

Cross Street (2006)

Cross Street is full of history -- much of it pretty grisly. In 1996, it took the brunt of the IRA bomb which decimated the city centre. And more than 50 years earlier in the Second World War it was blitzed by the Luftwaffe. Hence the mix of old and new buildings in this area and that there is anything left at all is something of a miracle. Until t...Read This Article

Deansgate (2006)

Deansgate, the southwest gateway to Manchester city centre, has seen some changes in recent times. Step back a mere 10 years, and most of it was a bit flyblown. The Kendals/King Street area, with its upmarket shops, has always been posh but once you got past the Sawyer's Arms, pub, well, it all got a bit grotty. There were a few greasy spoons, some...Read This Article

Deansgate Locks (2006)

Deansgate Locks is a prime example of what can be done with a little imagination and a lot of government cash. Only 10 years ago, this was a derelict space where the grotty old railway arches were a dumping-ground for all kinds of unspeakable rubbish. Then the city centre-housing boom took off and the old arches were suddenly in demand big-style. O...Read This Article

Drake Street, Rochdale (2006)

Drake Street in Rochdale must once have been an important thoroughfare. These days, it is still a major road but a strange mish-mash of pretty derelict buildings and up-and-coming spots where new restaurants are doing good business. Once the long-awaited Metrolink arrives, expect business to surge. For now, there are quite a few interesting places ...Read This Article

Faulkner Street (2006)

Manchester's Chinatown is one of its greatest assets. This intriguing part of the city has everything from bargain basement buffet Chinese lunches to exotic seafood dinners and fine Cantonese dining on a par with the best in the world. Faulkner Street, in the heart of this fascinating quarter, epitomises the amazing range of cuisine which is now av...Read This Article

George Street, Chinatown (2006)

George Street would win no prizes for architectural merit. Like most of the area, it was once Victorian industrial premises and warehouses. Now it's part of Manchester's wonderful Chinatown. Indeed, along with Faulkner Street it's the epicentre of things Far Eastern. As well as the eateries, there are shops selling exotic wares, a pub, and commerc...Read This Article

King Street (2006)

King Street has always been Manchester's poshest street and was once also the hub of finance and commerce in the city Over the years, many of the old banks, insurance companies and finance houses have relocated - leaving their premises to be filled by upmarket retailers like Armani, Joseph and Whistles. Restaurants and bars nestle at both ends of t...Read This Article

Lloyd Street (2006)

Lloyd Street is easily missed. Tucked neatly away on the southern corner of Albert Square, opposite Manchester town hall, it's a pretty quiet sort of thoroughfare where on the surface not a lot is going on. But in recent years this part of town has perked up no end - without sinking into the booze-fuelled horror of places like Castlefield and The P...Read This Article

Oldham Street (2006)

Long ago, Oldham Street was home to lots trendy boutiques and High Street staples like C & A and Affleck and Browns (a branch of Debenhams) but in the early 1970s it suffered a sharp decline from which it is only now really recovering. But now things are looking up as the area finally emerges as a destination to rival the rest of town in terms of b...Read This Article

Oxford Road (2006)

Oxford Road heads due south-west out of Manchester city centre towards the now massive student village around the city's two Universities. Much of its impressive Victorian and Edwardian architecture has survived two World Wars and some pretty unimpressive 1960's redevelopment. The Italianate Refuge Building, now the Palace Hotel, is one of the city...Read This Article


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