Greater Manchester Police Museum#5 in Best Things To Do in Manchester
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The Greater Manchester Police Museum, which sits in a restored Victorian police station, traces the history of policing in the Greater Manchester area. Visit the courtroom, the old cells (complete with wooden pillows) and see numerous artifacts dating from the era, including police uniforms and old police vehicles. The volunteer tour guides are founts of knowledge, ready to answer questions about policing.
Recent visitors said the museum holds fascinating artifacts and is larger than you would expect. They also reported that volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable.
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 Piccadilly Gardens tram station. For more information, visit the museum website.
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#1 John Rylands Library
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 and opened to the public in 1900. Among its vast collection are a fragment of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" manuscript, as well as the personal letters and papers of writers, military generals and more. There is even a papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John from the Bible. The fragment is believed to be the earliest part of any New Testament writing ever found.
Recent visitors said that the architecture is stunning, likening it to a scene out of the world of "Harry Potter." Though tripods and flash photography are not allowed, reviewers suggested snapping several photos of the interior (with no flash). Others recommended a stop in the restroom to have a look at the Victorian toilets, which have remained largely unchanged since 1900.
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