Visiting Manchester this week became one of my favourite things. I managed to visit one Manchester Elizabethan house, three art exhibitions and two cathedrals. This was an impromptu visit, totally unplanned, it arose as the result of double booking a hotel. I was fortunate that they allowed me to change the booking.
Visiting Manchester is quick, easy and cheap from Sheffield. Last Tuesday I caught the train to Manchester for the bargain price of 5.90 return! Then I caught the Metro to Salford Quays. Yes, even if you did not see my Guess where? photos this week, you have probably guessed my first destination.
My first stop on my midweek trail was The Lowry to see Lowry’s art. I know some who describe it in less than endearing terms, but if you go to the gallery, you will see the classical nudes he drew when he was studying. Don’t say the man painted as he did because he lacked technical skill, he did not. Then I tried to walk to my second pitstop, but the body was not willing, so at 3pm, I had to go to the hotel.
Fortunately second on my list was just around the corner, although no-one seemed to know. Ordsall Hall deserves to be on everyone’s ‘to visit’ list. Not only is it fabulous, the staff are truly wonderful. Within a few minutes of my arrival I had to sit down as a migraine had started. The aura soon passed off with a couple of tablets and I really enjoyed this house, garden and the staff are so friendly and knowledgable, not to mention helpful. Two quilts were hanging in the Great Hall and there is a wonderful period bed. A map of how to get to destination three was kindly given to me.
Salford Museum and Art gallery
It was a bit of a longer walk than I had imagined, but hey, struggling with lack of sleep, vertigo and a migraine, I was getting there on sheer determination. So glad I did! Salford Museum and Art gallery is a little gem with an excellent printmaking exhibition entitled Transformations at the moment. I popped my head into Salford Cathedral, nosing into the small gallery on the way (GK Gallery and tearoom on Chapel St), which would have been great if I were not suffering nausea. Long walk back to the hotel and again I had to crash out at 4pm. https://salfordmuseum.com
My final stop was none other than the Whitworth Gallery to see the Goya prints. Very excited to see the small Andean textiles exhibition. Always worth a visit. I was lucky enough for the next exhibition on Islamic textiles to be set up too for the opening night. https://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk
All the venues and exhibitions were free entry. Visiting Manchester could also have included a trip to Mrs Gaskell’s House, Platt Museum of Textiles and the Lowry Theatre to name a few. I have not recovered yet, feeling under the weather and drained. Must get cracking with my quilts and writing. It’s awfully nice to be out and about, but it’s good to come home 🙂
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Words, images copyright Karen Platt 2019