History and Heritage in Manchester
If you are a history aficionado you will find Manchester has a range of sites that fulfil your passion for history and heritage. From ancient Roman origins to the boom inspired by the Industrial Revolution to the big events of the twentieth century, the shape of the past can be seen in many of the attractions in the city.
The attractive façade of Thistle Manchester City Centre hotel, The Portland, is not just the front of an exceptional hotel – it is a testament to the history of the city. This attractive hotel represents the living legacy of exceptional Victorian grandeur. It is the perfect place for lovers of history and heritage to enjoy a trip to Manchester.
Tracing the history of Manchester
The area that Manchester now covers has a long history of human habitation, and there are archaeological remains going right back to prehistoric times in the region. The Romans were the first group to make a big impact on the area, establishing the Mamucium Fort. Today you can see this heritage at the remains of the fort in the city's Castlefield area.
After the Romans left, settlements in the Manchester area continued to slowly grow, becoming a flourishing market town in the 17th century. It retained this small town rank until the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century when it boomed and became the heart of the textile industry. This had a profound effect on the city forming much of its history and heritage.
Enjoying Manchester's past
There are many sites around Manchester where you can indulge in an exploration of the city's history and heritage. Museums such as the People's History Museum give a great overview of life throughout the ages while architectural marvels like Manchester Cathedral and Manchester University's main campus are spectacular, solid reminders of a fascinating history.
All of the main historical sites of Manchester are within easy reach of Thistle Manchester City Centre hotel, The Portland making our hotel a great choice for history and heritage lovers. You will find that our elegant hotel puts you right next to the excellent sites dotted around the city.