Greater Manchester Police Museum

#8 in Best Things To Do in Manchester
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Key Info

57A Newton Street

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Greater Manchester Police Museum traces the history of policing in the Victorian era. There is a replica court where mock trials are held and a charge room, not to mention numerous artifacts dating from the era, including old police uniforms. The volunteer tour guides are founts of knowledge, filling out the museum experience much more with their accounts of crime from yesteryear. (Parents should keep in mind that the museum is not recommended for children 5 years and younger because of the nature of the exhibits, especially in the crime room.)

Many visitors are pleasantly surprised with this museum. One TripAdvisor user said: "The quality of the exhibits was superb [and] the volunteers were very helpful and informative. The reconstructed Victorian cells [are] an experience."

Keep in mind that the Greater Manchester Police Museum is only open on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but admission is free. You'll find it on Newton Street, just a few blocks from Afflecks. You can easily walk to the museum from the Market Street or Piccadilly Gardens tram stations.

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The University of Manchester's John Rylands Library is known as much for its beautiful architecture as it is for its collection of rare books and manuscripts. The impressive gothic structure took 10 years to build — after plans were drawn up in 1889, the library finally opened to the public in 1900. Among its vast collection are medieval illuminated manuscripts, featuring a copy of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales;" the personal letters and papers of notable figures like Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell; and even a Gutenberg Bible. There are also a handful of rotating exhibits."

One TripAdvisor user compared the ambiance of the John Rylands Library to the library from Harry Potter's Hogwarts with its own restricted section and dragon carvings. This user also had some practical advice: "If you need to nip into the loo, use those on the second floor rather than the basement — fine old Victorian craftsmanship on display, with lovely comfortable wooden seats!"

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