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Chethams Library Is The Oldest Public Library In The English Speaking World
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: rare and antique books line the shelves at Chetham Library, which was founded in 1653, making it the oldest public libary in the English speaking world on February 14, 2011 in Manchester, England. Chetham's Library, which was established under the Will of Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653) and is the oldest surviving public library in Britain. Humphrey Chetham's Will stipulated that the Library should be 'for the use of schollars and others well affected', and instructed the librarian 'to require nothing of any man that cometh into the library'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

10 Striking Structures We Want to Visit in Manchester, England

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: rare and antique books line the shelves at Chetham Library, which was founded in 1653, making it the oldest public libary in the English speaking world on February 14, 2011 in Manchester, England. Chetham's Library, which was established under the Will of Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653) and is the oldest surviving public library in Britain. Humphrey Chetham's Will stipulated that the Library should be 'for the use of schollars and others well affected', and instructed the librarian 'to require nothing of any man that cometh into the library'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Home to Manchester United, Oasis, and the spot where Mr. Darcy emerged from a lake in Pride and Prejudice, oh, and not to forget the splitting of the atom and the building of the first computer, Manchester, England isn’t lacking in bragging rights, but it’s the architecture that’s pulling us in:

1. Chetham’s Library

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14:  rare and antique books line the shelves at Chetham Library, which was founded in 1653, making it the oldest public libary in the English speaking world on February 14, 2011 in Manchester, England. Chetham's Library, which was established under the Will of Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653) and is the oldest surviving public library in Britain. Humphrey Chetham's Will stipulated that the Library should be 'for the use of schollars and others well affected', and instructed the librarian 'to require nothing of any man that cometh into the library'.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Chetham Library, founded in 1653, is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

2. The University of Manchester

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Scientists at the University of Manchester are credited with splitting the atom in 1917 and the birth of the modern computer between 1944 and 1977. (Facebook)

3. National Football Museum

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  A general view of The National Football Museum  in the City of Manchester, on June 23, 2014 in Manchester, England.  Chancellor George Osborne announced today the possibility of HS3 high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds that would help build a "northern global powerhouse" linking cities in the North of England.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The National Football Museum exhibits the world’s greatest football collection—over 140,000 items—including the FIFA Collection. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

4. Manchester Town Hall

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12:  UEFA Cup Final signage is seen outside Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square on May 12, 2008 in Manchester, England. A big screen is due to be erected outside Manchester Town Hall where Rangers fans will be able to watch the UEFA Cup Final between Zenit St. Petersburg and Rangers at the City of Manchester Stadium on May 14, 2008.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester Town Hall, a grand Victorian building, was completed in 1877. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

5. The Lowry

MANCHESTER - FEBRUARY 9 :   The Lowry at Salford Quays in Manchester, England on February 9, 2003.  (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)
The Lowry, located in Greater Manchester, is an arts venue on the Salford Quays. (Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)

6. Canal Street

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  A general view of Canal St, the heart of the gay village in the City of Manchester, on June 23, 2014 in Manchester, England.  Chancellor George Osborne announced today the possibility of HS3 high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds that would help build a "northern global powerhouse" linking cities in the North of England.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Canal Street, which runs along Rochdale Canal, is topped up with bars, restaurants, and shops. It’s at the center of Gay Village, a gay-friendly community in Manchester. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

7. Old Trafford 

Jan 2001:  General view of Old Trafford, home of Manchester United FC , in Manchester, England.  Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior/Allsport
Manchester United F.C. plays out of Old Trafford, which hosts up to 76,000 fans. (Gary M. Prior/Allsport/Getty Images)

8. The Warehouse Project 

The Warehouse Project, a music and dance movement, travels to different venues like the one featured in the photo ... (Wiki)
The Warehouse Project, a music and dance movement, travels to different venues like the space underneath Piccadilly railway station seen in the above snap. (Wiki)

9. Old Fish Market

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  A general view of the old fish market in Manchester's Northern Quarter on June 23, 2014 in Manchester, England.  Chancellor George Osborne announced today the possibility of HS3 high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds that would help build a "northern global powerhouse" linking cities in the North of England.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Old Fish Market, located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, retains the original façade, but is now used for apartment living. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

10. Victoria Baths

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The Victoria Baths were opened to the public in 1906, but closed down in 1993. After receiving £3 million in funding from the BBC TV show Restoration, the baths were reopened in 2013. Here’s a look at the baths in full force.

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