Some of the most stunning views of the city centre can be seen from Beetham Tower on Deansgate. Halfway up at Cloud 23, there is a section of the floor in glass if you are brave enough to look down!
Deansgate Locks, under the railway arches, is one of the city’s busiest night time destinations.
On Deansgate you will find Spinningfields, a business, retail and residential development built with the aim to enhance Manchester’s position in the global market. The Financial Times has said: “London has Canary Wharf and Paris has La Defence, Manchester has its own modern financial centre in the form of Spinningfields”.
At the other end of Deansgate, towards the shopping districts, you will find high-end stores such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. There is a wide variety of restaurants and bars to choose from including chains.
Just off Deansgate in St Ann’s Square is The Royal Exchange Theatre. One of the city’s most beautiful and iconic buildings, it is one of the largest theatres in the rounds in the UK, seating 750.
Spinningfields is bustling in the evening with bars such as the Oast House, a rustic style pub serving food, craft ale and beer. The neighbourhood is the City’s latest celeb haunt and Australasia serves and outstanding range of cocktails.
Deansgate no1 was home to Manchester’s first million pound apartment and Beetham Tower is a significant landmark in the City Skyline. Like its neighbour Castlefield, residential development in the area is limited to apartments and flats, predominantly new build. The population tends to be more professional renters or owner occupiers and the prices in Deansgate are amongst the highest in the City.
There is a free Metroshuttle bus service throughout the city centre with Stops around Deansgate. There is also a train Station and Metrolink stop by Deansgate Locks.
Just off Deansgate, between Lower Byrom Street and Quay Street is St Johns Gardens. The area was previously occupied by St Johns Church and was redeveloped into formal gardens in 1932. In 2012 the garden won and Green Flag award for promoting a “welcoming, safe and well-maintained” environment.
Next door to Kendals department store is Parsonage Gardens part of the Parsonage Gardens Conservation area. Both gardens are popular with office workers looking for green space to relax at lunch time.
There is a lawned area in the centre of Spinningfields where they hold outdoor cinema in the summer months.