Welcome to part 7 of our free virtual tour, where we’ve decided to explore somewhere a little different. It’s getting to that time of year where thousands of students head to the area to study at Manchester University. For many people, this will be their new home for the next few years – and we wanted to help them explore it.
Free virtual tour of Manchester University
Manchester University isn't the same as just any other, and has some incredible history behind it. One of the most notable events in the history of the University of Manchester is the "splitting of the atom" by Ernest Rutherford, resulting in a huge scientific breakthrough and the development of nuclear power.
Other famous faces ingrained in the history of Manchester University include Catherine Chisholm, the first female graduate of medicine, philosopher Samuel Alexander and the creator of modern computing, Alan Turing, who along with a team of mathematicians, went on to develop the first electronic computer.
Things to do - Manchester University
As well as exploring the fascinating history of Manchester University, there's plenty to see and do around the area, and with it's amazing location in the city centre, you're never too far away from something to do. Students of Manchester University are lucky to be studying in such a central location. For living day-to-day life, there’s a great selection of café’s, restaurants, shops, bars and a buzzing nightlife right on your doorstep. For some of the more ‘one-off’ activities to participate in in Manchester though, here’s a list of some of our favourite things to do for a day out in the area.
The Manchester Museum
No trip to Manchester would be complete without a visit to The Manchester Museum. The museum displays an array of classic art, treasures of the natural world and plenty to see in the way of archaeology and anthropology. There's always different interesting exhibitions and events on at the museum, so it's a good idea to keep an eye on their website to stay up-to-date.
You don’t need to walk far from the University of Manchester for some live music entertainment, as Manchester Academy is right around the corner. Composed of four music venues all located on the University campus, Manchester Academy hosts an array of concerts from up-and-coming bands and artists.
With around 55,000 items in its collection, Whitworth Art Gallery is definitely worth a visit. Not only does the museum display a beautiful collection of art, but after a £15 million redevelopment in 2015, the venue itself boasts some stunning must-see architecture. Not just your standard art gallery, Whitworth is integrated with the great outdoors, with a fully bespoke designed art garden, sculpture terrace and orchard garden which is a welcome addition to the venue.
The Bridgewater Hall is one of Manchester’s most architecturally stunning venues for shows, concerts and events, with a thriving entertainment calendar which is packed full of great shows all year round. If you get the chance, be sure to check out a show here.
The University of Manchester is the largest single-site University in the UK
It was formed in 2004 after the merge of the University of Manchester Institute of Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester
A total of 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied at Manchester University
They currently have four Nobel laureates among their staff
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