Manchester is a lively, multicultural city filled to the brim with things to see and do and there’s incredible history to the city too. Many books have been written on the music of Manchester, the historical significance of some of it’s most amazing buildings and even the gangs that have populated the city over the years. However, where do you go if you want to escape the hustle and bustle, and settle down with a good book? Well, in no particular order, we have some recommendations for you.
2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN
[Insert corny joke like – “well what if I don’t live in the city!”]. No, we’re not talking about not travelling to the city at all. Home is an incredible complex that boasts a cinema, exhibitions and a brilliantly quirky bookshop. There’s also a great little cafe, so head here to grab yourself a coffee, find a seat inside or outside if the weather’s nice and soak in the arty atmosphere whilst enjoying your latest read.
19 Lever Street, M1 1BY
Heading across the city and into Manchester’s lively and exciting Northern Quarter – home of some of the city’s best pubs, bars, record shops and alternative retailers like Aflex Palace – we have Chapter One Books. Located right on the edge of the NQ, Chapter One is a fantastic, well stocked bookshop. However, they also sell amazing cakes, tea and coffee, and have one of the most relaxed atmospheres I’ve ever encountered in a bookshop. Sit down, grab a cuppa, read and relax with the sound of the fountain as your soundtrack (yes, there’s a fountain!). Chapter One also hosts a plethora of events, so check out their listings too.
Nexus Art Cafe
2 Dale St, Manchester M1 1JW
Just around the corner from our last stop, Nexus Art Cafe is one of the most unique spaces in Manchester. Again, a cafe with an amazing selection of vegan and veggie cakes, you just don’t know who you’ll run into here. Students hastily writing an essay, a theatre group practicing a new scene, or a social media manager of a local publishing house writing a blog. Who knows? Everyone is really respectful though, and you’ll still be able to curl up on one of their couches and lose yourself in whatever you’re reading. There’s also an excellent zine library too if you’re into that?
St Peter’s Square, M2 5PD
Heading back out of the dead centre of Manchester now, we have one of the most incredible buildings in the city. Central Library is a landmark that dwarfs St. Peter’s Square and is just as amazing inside. Recently renovated, it’s one of the best libraries in the country and definitely worth taking a look even if you’re not thinking of stopping or checking out a book.
John Ryland’s Library
150 Deansgate, M3 3EH
In keeping with the theme of our previous location, we have another library. However, John Ryland’s is unlike any other. Built by his wife to commemorate his death, the gothic exterior stands out against the glass-fronted modern architecture that surrounds it and the reading room inside will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. Students will be used to this as it’s a base for many of the city’s university students. Be sure to take a look around too, John Rylands often has exhibitions taking place and the incredible statues of John and