Tuesday, 29 September 2009

View from the top

A visit to the stunning Anglican cathedral today - a building whose huge bulk still can't prepare you for the sheer volume of space inside. Apparently it's the fifth biggest cathedral in the world!
The trip to the tower, via two lifts and naerly 200 steps revealed impressive views of the city and its surroundings, despite the hazy weather. And there was more fun and games too when the top lift broke leaving us stranded up the tower. We had to be escorted down the stairs instead, passing normally unseen spots like the bell ringers chamber and the mounted bells themselves (the largest peal in the world - the biggest bell takes two men to rung).
More culture p.m. with a visit to the Walker Art Gallery, founded by the man who made his fortune from Walkers beer (not Walkers crisps!). A wonderful collection of paintings and sculpture including Titian, Rembrandt, Turner, Constable, a big selection of pre-Raphaelites and many more.
Tonight a farewell pint in the beautiful interior of the famous Philharmonic pub.

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