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Town Hall Review

Manchester's imposing Town Hall, with its 280-foot-tall clock tower, speaks volumes about the city's 19th-century sense of self-importance. Alfred Waterhouse designed the Victorian Gothic building (1867–76); extensions were added just before World War II. Over the main entrance is a statue of Roman general Agricola, who founded Mamucium in AD 79. Just inside the entrance, the Sculpture Hall has a magnificent low vaulted ceiling; now used as a café, the walls are lined with Gothic-style alcoves and statues of famous Mancunians. The Great Hall is decorated with murals of the city's history, painted between 1852 and 1865 by the Pre-Raphaelite Ford Madox Brown. You can view the murals for free, so long as the room isn't being used; call ahead to check.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Albert Sq., public entrance on Lloyd St., City Centre, Manchester, M60 2LA | Map It
  • Phone: 0161/234–5000
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Weekdays 9–4, Sat. 11–4
  • Website:
  • Location: Manchester
Updated: 05-29-2014

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