Good Morning in Manchester!
After a long day yesterday, I woke up today feeling nice and refreshed. We had a full breakfast at Mr. Cooper’s House & Garden restaurant which is located in the lobby of The Midland Hotel in Manchester. There were several traditional offerings to choose from, I had poached eggs with a Hollandaise sauce served over a vegetable mash. Needless to say we were good and fueled up for our walking tour of Manchester.
Taking a city sightseeing tour of Manchester
We met our tour guide in the lobby and I was surprised to learn that she had some historical facts about the hotel to share with us. Apparently, The Midlands Hotel is where the makers of the Rolls Royce first met up and came up with the concept for the car. Also, The French, another restaurant at the Midland, is known for having some of the best afternoon tea in Manchester. This is something that I really wish we would have had time to try.
As we were walking through the city, our friendly and knowledgeable guide kept pointing out all the buildings that have stood for many years and continue to be re-purposed. There were old warehouses, which actually looked like beautiful apartments, that were transformed to restaurants, then to theaters, and so on. It’s pretty incredible how a single building can be known for so many things.
The town hall, located in Albert square, was such a beautiful building. We would have been able to walk through but it was closed for a movie filming! Apparently it is common for movies to be filmed there, especially since it can appear as being in London but is more accessible.
As the tour continued, we were surprised to find a large statue of Abraham Lincoln in what is known as Lincoln square. This statue came about due to the fact that Manchester had a huge role in cotton trading, which at one point associated them with Lincoln.
One of our other big stops that our group was excited about, on our tour of Manchester, was the National Football Museum which was so new and modern looking.
Taking the train from Manchester to Liverpool
After our tour, we took a taxi over to the Manchester Piccadilly train station, grabbed a quick lunch, and then hopped on the TransPennine Express and headed to Liverpool! We rode in first class on the train which was so comfortable. Again, we had outlets at our seats, which also reclined, and in general we found that the train was very spacious and clean. A very nice ride.
City Sightseeing and Beatles Story Tour in Liverpool
We arrived at the Liverpool Lime street station and met our tour guide. He walked us through a great city sightseeing tour, which was made even better by all the sunshine we got today. We first walked through Liverpool’s city center. The city center had lots of shops and just felt so alive with all of people walking around. There were even a few people set up playing live music.
Our guide told us that it is only about a 25 minute walk from one end to the other, so it is not very large. We continued our walk down to Albert Dock, which possesses a lot of history and is beautifully laid out. Then it was on to The Beatles Story Tour! When you begin the tour you are given headphones and an audio set. As you walk through the displays, you just enter the number that coincides into your audio set and you get a whole background on that part of the story, which includes different interviews along with interesting facts about the band. It was really fun and interesting! I am a Beatles fan so it made it even more exciting. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is.
At the end of the Beatles Story Tour, we left Albert Dock and continued walking through different parts of the city. We made a stop into the The Cavern Club, where it is said that the Beatles got their start. It had a really cool atmosphere, with a live musician performing and lots of people having drinks and enjoying themselves. The whole block that the Cavern Club is on, Mathew Street, has an assortment of pubs and lots of places to listen to music. Our guide told us it is one of the biggest nightlife spots in Liverpool. I would have loved to spend a night here and check out some of the different places with live music, it’s one of my favorite things to do.
Back to Manchester, just in time for dinner!
After all the sightseeing, we headed back to the Liverpool Lime Street station with our BritRail Passes and took a Northern Line train back to the Manchester Piccadilly station. As soon as we got back to The Midland, we quickly got ready and met Emma and Peter, from Visit Manchester, for dinner.
We walked to Yang Sing for dinner, which, from what were told, is the place to go for good Cantonese food in Manchester. We had such a great time sampling an assortment of Cantonese food. Everything was so delicious. After dinner we walked back to the hotel and stopped into Mr. Cooper’s House & Garden, the same place we had breakfast the morning. The design and layout was so gorgeous, modeled after a home with each area representing a different room of a house. Our hosts were so wonderful, we really had a great night to end our time in Manchester. I already want to come back!