My Manchester on Instagram~ Part 2
I thought it was high time I shared another Manchester on Instagram post. A place to share some of my favourite Instagrammable locations in my favourite city and the surrounding areas.
The first one I wrote back in April- find it here.
As you probably know if you follow me on Instagram I do love a red brick! It’s such a big part of our heritage in Manchester. Below is one of my favourite shop fronts in Manchester’s Northern Quarter; Frog Flowers. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in New York with this industrial facade of bricks, metal and wood.
I love the way everything lines up in this photo, framing within frames. The Northern Quarter has so many excellent examples of a great shop front, but this is one of my most treasured.
Next up is another botanical spot, The Winter Garden inside Refuge and the Principal Hotel. I’m in awe of this place. Every single time I visit… Beautiful floors, green velvet seating, excellent cocktails and of course, the brilliant trees!
Head further on down Oxford Road and you’ll arrive at the highly Instagrammable Manchester Museum. I’ve been coming here for about thirty years.
It endures as one of my best-loved spaces in the city because its collections are so good, and the building is just incredible. As part of the university it has lots of red brick and sandstone and has had multiple extensions and renovations over the years, which happily are in keeping with the heritage.
I’m cheating a little here, but my next Instagrammable spot in also in Manchester Museum. It’s actually in the cafe which is now ran by the guys at Teacup Kitchen (of Northern Quarter origins).
This sweet spot has wooden floors, tiled walls, delicious cakes (including vegan ones) and lots of vintage botanical and educational posters and prints on the walls. It also has this cute little round window tucked in the back. I just love it!
Both of these spots in the museum have a calm, studious, historical atmosphere to them. Even if there’s kids on a school trip or its especially busy, they manage to retain that gracefulness that is only really found in old, educational spaces.
Last but not least I just had to include my much beloved yoga venue which is further South of the city in Didsbury. You can jump on a bus, train or tram to get to the Old Parsonage from Manchester, and I highly recommend you do. Another botanical beauty it was built around 1650 and has had a colourful history. Eventually becoming offices and then closing completely around 2011.
The people of Didsbury came to its rescue, along with the support of the council and a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund. Work was begun, and from 2011 to 2014 both renovations and continued fundraising helped bring it back to life. Find out more about it here.
I hope you enjoyed this post, what are your favourite Instagrammable spots near you?
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