On a trip to Manchester, I found a place that was warm and welcoming, filled with endless words and illustrations. That place was Chetham’s library, Britain’s oldest public library. Now it’s kept as a museum that I was fortunate enough to visit the day I arrived in Manchester.
The library reminded me of the Hogwarts library in Harry Potter. Needless to say, as a major bookworm, it felt like home; I never wanted to leave… well, a small part of me wanted to leave after the tour guide told us it might be haunted. I took a few pictures to see if anything would turn up and lo and behold, is that a ghost at the bottom left corner in the picture of the door, the entrance to the library? Or just poor photography skills? I’ll let you decide.
All in all, Manchester was fantastic! I drank a surprisingly delicious and tangy antipsychotic tea at my new favorite tea shop: Propertea. I explored Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Cathedral, and numerous other places. My roommate Erna and I ended the day on the bright Ferris wheel in the middle of the city centre. The architecture in this city is absolutely gorgeous and the air smelled so crisp and fresh. Manchester, you know how to make a girl happy…
Doesn’t this image just radiate warmth? The smell of the old books and wooden bookcases was so comforting for a bookworm like me.
The one disappointing thing was that access to the bookcases was closed off, but a collection from the 1600s deserves protection.
Goofy face to start off my day in Manchester!
I found this to be a cute, quaint assemblage of little shops near the cathedral and Chetham’s library.
Does this remind anyone else of Harry Potter?
This would have been a terrific place to sit, read, and study.
I love England because of the green grass and moss that covers the trees, making them look more vibrant and alive.
I was told by the tourist that the library was managed and housed priests, who dedicated their time to reading the numerous tomes.
I found the ghost of Chetham library! Or did I?
My favorite part of this picture is the open book with the drawing of a skeleton – Gorgeous.
We rode on one of the blue ones! Awesome view from up top.
When I first saw this, I shouted “Castle!”; People looked at me weird…
Beautiful gothic style cathedral makes me feel like I’m in another time.
This area contains a model of how these antique books were bound.
Just look at that huge building – It was even more imposing in person.
This is not the same as the Chetham library – this one is a regular library, available for study and check-outs.
A sign-in sheet commemorating my visit to the oldest library in Britain!
The wonderful place that gave me delicious tea and a pistachio cake on the house. I definitely recommend a visit it to whoever visits Manchester!
At Propertea, the blend I chose was an antipsychotic variety. It was nice and tangy, and I think I felt less psychotic? :P
The bare trees and lovely bed of flowers combine to give this cathedral in ethereal and eery look – my favorite kind.