Manchester Cathedral dates from 1421 although the medieval church has been continually expanded upon over the years resulting in a cathedral that is mainly in the perpendicular gothic architectural style.
Despite being a major cathedral, it does not have the historical significance as many other English cathedrals and it is not a major tourist draw.
What to see at Manchester Cathedral
It is a beautiful cathedral that is a lovely place to visit, but because it is not a major tourist attraction it has a more authentic feel to other, more visited, cathedrals elsewhere in England.
The visitor centre to the south of the cathedral features displays about the cathedral and in the basement, you can find the 15th-century Hanging Bridge, which was buried for over 100 years. The medieval bridge originally spanned the Hanging Ditch between the Rivers Irk and Irwell and formed the main approach to the cathedral.
Visiting Manchester Cathedral
The cathedral is located at the northwestern corner of the city centre, with a five-minute walk from the Arndale Centre, the Corn Exchange, the Central Retail District, the National Football Museum and Manchester Victoria railway station.
The visitor centre also has a tearoom and gift shop.
A visit to the cathedral shouldn’t take much longer than half an hour.