NORTH­ERN POW­ER­HOUSE

We’re mad for Manch­ester. Here are three rea­sons to visit now!

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The grass is greener. The City of Trees move­ment, which aims to plant a tree for ev­ery per­son in the city (that’s three mil­lion) over the next 25 years, is now well un­der­way (city­oftrees.org.uk). There are new hot ho­tels. Top of the mini-breaker’s list should be The Prin­ci­pal (right): a glo­ri­ous Gothic re­vival build­ing de­signed in 1891 by ar­chi­tect Al­fred Water­house (also the brains be­hind Lon­don’s Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum). It has been trans­formed by 3D Reid Ar­chi­tects and in­te­rior de­signer Michaelis Boyd, but the orig­i­nal Vic­to­rian tiling re­mains, as does the domed stained-glass ceil­ing above the lobby (dou­bles from £119 per night; thep­rin­ci­pal­ho­tel.com). Mean­while, on the river­side is five-star The Lowry, housed in a vast glass build­ing. It has a clutch of ex­tremely chic newly re­freshed suites (right) by in­te­ri­ors prac­tice Ar­ney Fen­der Kat­sa­lidis. Ex­pect to find light­ing by Flos and Santa & Cole, fab­rics by Rubelli and ab­stract art­works by Man­cu­nian painter Alan Ran­kle (dou­bles from £169 per night; th­elowry­ho­tel.com). It’s bloom time at the Whit­worth. There’s no bet­ter month to check out the GROW project at the Whit­worth Mu­seum (far right). Wan­der around The Art Gar­den in the gallery’s grounds. Funded by sales of Jo Malone’s char­ity can­dle, the lovely ‘Peony & Moss’ (£46; jo­ma­lone.co.uk), it has been de­signed to cel­e­brate tex­ture, colour and scent, and plays host to a pro­gramme of well­ness events (whit­worth.manch­ester.ac.uk).

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