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Victoria Street

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Free

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Free, Tours, Churches/Religious Sites Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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Manchester Cathedral, which dates back to the 15th century, has been through numerous conflicts and suffered damage both in World War II, as well as from an Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996. You'll want to take time to see the "Angel Stone," a stone found embedded in the structure that dates to 700. Also worth a look are the wooden carvings of medieval tales and legends under the seats of the quire stalls and the remains of a medieval bridge in the visitor center.

Past visitors said the cathedral is a beautiful building with fantastic stained-glass windows. Other said it's worth a visit even if you're not a religious person.

The cathedral is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can also opt for a guided tour of the cathedral; tours are available Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There is no cost to visit, though a donation of 3 pounds (about $4) is suggested. Additionally, there is a charge of 1 pound (about $1.30) to take photos using a camera or smartphone. The cathedral sits in the Medieval Quarter and is accessible via the free bus. For more information, visit the cathedral's website

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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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