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    Secret Hidden Gems You Need to Discover in Manchester

    From enticing art to secret bars, there’s always something waiting to be discovered as you study English in Manchester, whether you’re new to the city or not.

    If you’re looking to study English on our English language course in Manchester, then you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore the city. After enrolling at our English Language School, you’ll be in the prime location in the city centre, ready to seek out these secret hidden gems!

    Keep in mind, some are so secret, even many Mancunians themselves haven’t yet uncovered them…

    The Ancoats Peepholes

    As you explore the area known as Ancoats, keep an eye out for hidden spy holes, around some of the older buildings in the former industrial suburb. These curious little brass holes are known as “The Peeps”, and can be found in ten unusual locations, including a bell tower, inside a former mill, and a tunnel.

    They were originally installed by artist and architect Dan Dubowitz, and they allow explorers of the city to to glimpse permanent public artwork, which has been placed within the hidden locations.

    Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

    It’s a house that Charlotte Brontë once described as “a large, cheerful, airy house, quite out of the Manchester smoke”, and to this day, anyone in Manchester can visit the Grade II listed property. The former home of the famous author Elizabeth Gaskell, the renowned and influential Victorian novelist, underwent a painstaking multi-million pound renovation just a few years ago.

    Now the home of the author who wrote classics like North and South, and Cranford, can be seen in all its former glory. Boasting picturesque period rooms, grand gardens, a quaint tea room, and even a book shop. If you’re in Manchester, make sure you take the chance to discover this rare surviving example of an elegant Victorian villa.

    The Hidden Gem

    Yes that’s right, there’s a hidden gem on our list that’s literally called “The Hidden Gem!” At least that’s the name that the oldest Catholic church in Manchester is better known by. Founded in 1794, its official name is St Mary’s Catholic Church, and it was actually one of the first churches to be built after the Reformation.

    Visitors who venture inside will be able to take in artwork from the painter Norman Adams. Considered one of the greatest ecclesiastical art commissions of the 20th century.

    Sculpture Hall Cafe

    The Grade I listed Manchester town hall, is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Gothic revival architecture, and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city. However, many people aren’t aware that there’s a little hidden oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city inside the town hall.

    This hidden gem is called the Sculpture Hall Cafe, were guests can partake in some afternoon tea below beautiful arched ceilings and perfectly polished granite columns. Also, you’ll be dining amongst statues of some of the city’s best and brightest, such as Charles Hallé and John Bright.

    St John’s Gardens

    St John’s Gardens is hidden away in central Manchester, and is a small but perfectly formed park. Situated in a spot that was once occupied by St John’s Church, it was redeveloped into a public garden in 1932.

    If you happen to find yourself looking for a beautiful outdoor location to sit and study English in, and you’re close to the Museum of Science and Industry, then this could be ideal for you. The gardens feature an urban orchard, flower beds and plenty of benches of course.

    The Washhouse

    From the outside you’d probably mistake this secret bar for a humble little laundrette, but hidden behind the facade is a delightful drinking den. In order to sample the wonderful cocktails inside this curious and cosy enigmatic space, you’ll need to make a reservation.

    Once you’ve booked in and specified how many ‘loads’ you want for a service wash, (which of course really means tables) you’ll need to make your way past the washing machines and tumble dryers before gaining access to the hidden entrance. Everyone from local residents, to students in Manchester, are welcomed to give the secret bar a spin.

    Let us know how many hidden gems in and around Manchester that you’ve visited, on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

    And if you’re looking to study English at our English Language School in Manchester, then please Apply to study at NCG today, or contact us for more information.