Home to the epic Christmas Markets and our beautiful medieval Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

Standing tall and proud in Albert Square, this beautiful Gothic-style revival structure has been the place where Mancunions gather to share their joys or to grieve together side by side. You may recall this spot was where locals gathered after the horrific Manchester Bomb attack back in May 2017 to show solidarity against hatred. However, for me and many other proud Manc’s (pronounced Mank!), we will always remember this area for the happier times, such as the epic Christmas Markets, which are just magical.

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The front façade viewed from near the front entrance
The wonderful Christmas Markets at the Albert Square in Town Hall Manchester. I must when visiting the city at this time of year

Every year they take place in front of the Town Hall. German-style taverns, a talking reindeer bar, and multiple other vendors come together to provide a fantastic array of food ranging from the well-known crepes with Nutella and banana through to the traditional and Italian treats. Yum!

The interior of the Town Hall looks like a medieval church

The building’s interior is full of Kingly looking statues and beautiful tiled floors, making it look more medieval than Victorian. There is a navy-blue ceiling painted with gold stars which looks considerably like King Henry VIII’s Chapel at Hampton Court Palace (>>>>> CLICK HERE <<<<<) on the main staircase. It really is stunning.

The ceiling you see here looks very similar to The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, London
We were lucky to visit on a very quiet day

A word of advice, if you’re looking to visit the interior while the Christmas Markets are on, please be aware that the crowds will be unbelievable. This is often the town hall’s busiest time of year. If you are not fussed with what the Christmas Markets have to offer, then you should go another time of year, as the crowds may ruin the experience for you. You should also be able to admire the exterior until 2024, as the interior is currently undergoing massive renovations. I cannot wait to visit in the future to see the changes.

Parts of the ceiling had such incredible detail

Lloyd Street Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA

Thanks so much for reading my post today on our beautiful Town Hall in Albert Square. I hope you’ll add this gem to your bucket list. Just bare in mind that the interior is closed for renovations until 2024, but it’s definitely worth checking out the exterior. I can’t wait to return in the future and see what they’ve done with the place. Manchester is a wonderful city to explore with so much to do, that I doubt you will be able to fit everything into one weekend. That just gives you the perfect excuse to go back though, doesn’t it? Have I inspired you to check out my old home town? Are you planning a future trip to Manchester? Leave me a comment below as I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. Great post and photos! This looks absolutely gorgeous, and I’d love to visit the Christmas markets there someday – I’ve added it to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Me too! I used to go every year before we moved abroad. I love the alcoholic hot chocolates with piles of whipped cream! If you go, I highly recommend the pub in the middle with the talking moose head! LOL It’s there every year and it’s awesome 🙂

  2. Oh wow……I used to stayed in Manchester for two years. I had my BSC Hons there. Yeah, Albert Square is an interesting place to visit in Manchester. Oh boy…..reading this post makes me miss Manchester. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Wow, I love all types of architecture so this is a day out I would adore. The interior of the town hall is gorgeous. I definitely will be adding this to my travel bucket list, I’d love to go to Manchester. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Yes definitely head down to Manchester it’s a cracking city 🙂 so much to see and do and great nightlife! The town Hall is stunning. I can’t wait to see it after renovations. 😀

  4. Wow! I didn’t know about this. It is on my bucket list now for sure! The Christmas market sounds fun, too. I just love stuff like that. 🙂

    1. Me too Heidi! It really is stunning. The xmas markets are truly magical! I used to look forward to them being here every year when I lived in Manchester. I hope you get to see them one year!

  5. I was just about to ask you if the town hall was back open, it seems to have been closed for so long!! We have so many great places with great architecture in Manchester, can’t wait to get back out there now we’re getting back to normal after lockdown. Salford has great places too (I’m a Salfordian, often mistaken for a Manc 😂) x

    1. Sadly it’s closed for a few years, but it’s still well worth having a wander around the outside. You’re right there’s heaps of lovely places. Have you visited the Manchester Museum on Oxford Road? It’s in a lovely building. I’ll be posting about it soon 😀

      1. I practically lived in Manchester Museum as a kid! As well as Salford Museum and Art Gallery (Peel Park Museum). Manchester Carhedral is awesome too and John Ryland library x

        1. That’s awesome. I promised my Mum when I’m back in the UK I’ll take her to some museums, as she’s lived there her whole life and never been to any lol. Love the JR Library. Never been to Salford Museum, but I’ve heard it’s really good 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

          1. I hope she enjoys it, yes Salford Museum and Art Gallery is fab! The old street (Lark Hill Place) is awesome and one of only a few in the country, great photo ops in there. The Gallery still has some great pieces but I really miss the LS Lowry pieces that were moved to Salford Quays, I loved having those on my doorstep as a kid x

          2. It’s a shame they couldn’t keep a few of Lowry’s pieces here, hey? I’ve seen pics of Lark Hill Place online and it looks fab. Defo on the list!

          3. Yes, I was saying the same to my sister yesterday, we think it’s a political move haha! Lark Hill place is great! Let me know if you need a guide x

  6. Those Italian treats and vendor food overall sounded yummy. I love the idea too. And the media element setting is also a bit common in our historical places too. The busiest hour and crowds I often like to avoid. Less gathering helps you absorb everything. Great and detailed you did it. Xx
    Isa A. Blogger

    1. I so agree with you Isa. I’m not a big fan of crowds either. Though I know the next time I visit family in Manchester, it will probably be around Xmas time, so everywhere will be packed with crowds. Boo! I much prefer to head somewhere on a weekday and outside holidays. Thanks for reading and commenting. Very much appreciated xxx

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