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Virtual Tour of Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, England
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Lois Ronberg says:
"Queen Victoria still reigns. Well she does over Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens near the centre of the busy shopping centre. There’s been an open space there for several decades but between 2000 and 2001 a ten million pound project saw a major facelift for this green space where shoppers, office workers, visitors and locals can visit to sit a while and enjoy the open area anytime of day. Statues commemorate the works of several people including the Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Steele but most impressive is the Edward Ford creation of an austere Queen Victoria in stark black, large and bold in the square. Transport plays an important role in Piccadilly Gardens as it is the main bus stop for many routes and two tram lines pass through here. Two major train stations are just a few minutes walk away: Victoria around 10 minutes and just up the main street to Piccadilly Station in five minutes. When you stand in the gardens you are aware of a mix of old and new: in the buildings, the old statues and the stunning, new and innovative fountain which is sometimes still and then spouts of water pop up in varying size plumes. It is a lovely show to watch and on a hot day the youngsters run around on the concrete base and you see them laugh and shriek as the water suddenly spouts up in random flows. Sometimes you see temporary stages set up for outdoor exhibitions, shows and other activities as this space is large and many hundreds of people visit at one time. Beside it you may well find market days so it really is an active ‘’heart of the city’‘ at times. Take a picnic or make use of the cafes, restaurants or pubs around the gardens: don’t expect plants and flower beds as this is a lawn and concrete space but well presented for sitting, reading or just ‘people watching’ as they go about their visit into this huge, cosmopolitan city. Just a short walk away you can visit Manchester Cathedral, the huge Arndale Shopping Centre or the city's museum - lots to do after a quiet, reflective break in Piccadily Gardens. "
 

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