Shambles Square is a historic square dating back centuries, though its current location offers iconic buildings and pubs in a new spot created in 1999. When you visit this square, you can relax among the quiet and tranquil environment while enjoying the rich history surrounding you.

This is a top destination for anyone looking to relax between their adventures throughout Manchester. Not only can you sit down and have a pint, but you can also take in the last remaining Tudor building in the city centre. Most people spend about 30 minutes to an hour here, but nothing is stopping you from staying longer if you like.

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Shambles Square highlights

One of the most iconic aspects of Shambles Square is the last remaining Tudor building in the Manchester city centre. This building is the Old Wellington Inn, and it's classified as a Grade II Listed Building with an alluring half-timbered facade that will make you feel as if you've stepped back in time.

In addition to the Old Wellington Inn, you'll find several other pubs around the square like Crown & Anchor, Sinclairs Oyster Bar and The Mitre Hotel. You may want to stop by each one during your visit, as they all have something special to offer.

Good to know when visiting Shambles Square

Getting to Shambles Square is fairly easy. Exchange Square has a tram stop, and it's just a few steps to the east from Shambles Square. Alternatively, you can take the bus to the St Mary's Gate stop and walk a few minutes north to reach the square.

When you visit, you'll probably notice the towering Manchester Cathedral just to the north of the square. This crowning architectural achievement is an essential stop for anyone trying to see the best that Manchester has to offer. Additionally, the Barton Arcade and Royal Exchange Theatre are nearby.

Shambles Square in Manchester

Location: 2 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW, UK

Open: 24/7