Here’s our tribute to the ever-changing Manchester city centre skyline and its noteworthy buildings from across the ages.
The Manchester skyline is a melting pot of architectural styles that reflect the city’s long and diverse history.
You can find 19th century hotels next to towering skyscrapers, and black-and-white Tudor-style buildings just a stone’s throw away from glass-fronted office blocks. And while the city’s architectural tastes are constantly changing and evolving, there are certain buildings in the city centre that, no matter the era, will always be iconic.
Here is our celebration of the Manchester skyline, including new buildings, old buildings and some that have changed over the years.
1. Manchester Town Hall
Manchester’s Town Hall, built in 1877, is definitely the jewel in the city’s crown. It’s closed off to the public for refurbishments at the moment, but due to open to the public again in 2024. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
2. One Angel Square
This building is hope to the Co-op Group’s head office. Located in the city’s Green Quarter, One Angel Square has sustainable features that allow it to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon emissions and a 50% reduction in energy consumption. Credit: Google Street View
3. Manchester Cathedral
In 2021, the Cathedral celebrated its 600th anniversary. The north-eastern part of the building was destroyed during bombing in 1940, during WWII. Credit: Gary M. Prior/Getty Images
4. The Bridgewater Hall
The Bridgewater Hall, built in the 1990s, is a concert hall that is home to Manchester’s Halle orchestra and choirs. Credit: Google Street View