Discover Manchester's abandoned heritage

exploration - unexpected
Discover Manchester's abandoned heritage

Venture off the beaten track for an urban exploration amid abandoned and undeveloped sites.

In the north of Manchester, the remains of city's industrial past did not meet the same fate as in the city centre. There, fans of urban exploration can discover factories and warehouses abandoned for decades. Although the smokestacks still point to the sky, they spit no more pollution out. Here and there, trees and plants find their way into dilapidated buildings, through the windows. The contrast between overgrown greenery and intact red bricks is striking.

Closer to the city centre, other run-down spots are well worth seeing. Do not miss the Mayfield railway station, a disused parcels depot closed in the 1980s where weeds are rampant. As for the former public Victoria Baths, they would be worthy to feature in a Wes Anderson movie. However, Manchester's must-go-to remains the Victoria Arches, huge underground spaces dating back to the 19th century. This subterranean maze was first used for storage, and then as shelters during the WWII bombings. The expansive wall mosaic and Art Deco style are invaluable testimonies of this past. Given that some of the sites are in very rough shape, it is advised to check beforehand whether they can be visited safely. In any case, nothing prevents you from gazing at them all from a distance in order to bring some original pictures back from your trip to Manchester!