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“Piccadilly hangout” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Piccadilly Gardens

Piccadilly Gardens
Manchester, England
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Ranked #74 of 81 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: This massive central square with its picturesque gardens is surrounded by large hotels, shops and restaurants, and presents a bustling and vibrant area of the city that is full of shoppers, business people, tourists and party-goers, day and night.
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“Piccadilly hangout”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Seems like piccadilly gardens is magnet for anti social aggressive issues as at least ten bookies are clustered around this area. When damaged addicts descend from bookies from early morning to late evening they feel that it is there right to mug, beg or take excessive alcohol to compensate of having had their lives destroyed by CRACK COCAINE FOBT ROULETTE MACHINES. If these machines were taken away from clustering piccadilly gardens area , more family's & visitors here would come back time & time again. You bet on it.

Visited February 2014
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“City centre haven turned concrete cesspit”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Not sure Piccadilly Gardens warrants the 'attraction' tag. It's just a concrete mess in the city centre.

There's a photo in the images of Piccadilly Gardens back in the day, when it actually was a garden and it looks quite beautiful. Yeah, it looks nothing like this now. It's a shame - it could be a city centre haven like Sheffield's peace gardens, but it just isn't.

These days it's a concrete cesspit with some dodgy grass and the pestiferous 'Berlin wall', my least favourite feature of a city I have ever seen. It's an unnecessary monstrosity of no real purpose. I've never met anyone who likes it and I can't really understand why it's still there.

Piccadilly Gardens is the first real thing you see when you hop off a train and walk into the city centre and it gives a less than idea impression - it could be so much more. Gets one star because the fountains look alright when they're lit up at night if you're not too close, and they are good fun for the kids on a summer's day.

Visited February 2014
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“Hideous Monstrosity”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I was alerted to this site by a chance reference in the letters page of the Manchester Evening News, so I thought I'd add my opinion.

As a resident of Greater Manchester for the best part of 40 years I have watched in dismay as the once attractive (if somewhat neglected) central square of this vibrant city has been turned into a dystopian nightmare consisting of a paltry square of sorry looking grass, a concrete wall reminiscent of a World War 2 fortification and an office block which looks as if it's escaped from an industrial estate. This last feature completely obscures the frontage of the Portland Hotel, one of the more attractive buildings in the City Centre.

I understand that the city fathers are at last starting to sit up and take notice of the negative publicity which is appearing on sites such as TripAdvisor. So I would urge more visitors and residents to pass comment so that hopefully we will in time see Piccadilly Gardens transformed into the the kind of central square that is in keeping with Manchester's international status.

Visited February 2014
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“Access & Egress”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Not a place I would usually hang about. The title of this review simply means that I'll use the Gardens to pass through on my way to the Arndale, Norther Quarter from the Village or Oxford Road etc.

I vaguely remember the old Picadilly gardens, with flowers, bushes and a fountain in the middle. I also remember the homeless sleeping on the benches around the edge so it wasn't all rosey and colourful.

When they tore up Picadilly gardens and re-built it they probably did ruin it. I'm not nostalgic as I can just about remember the old one. But the new Gardens for all it's minimalism, lighting and occasionally operational fountain gysers doesn't feel any safer.

Picadilly gardens at pretty much any time from around 3pm onwards, through till 6am is a "watch your bags, wallet, pockets and suitcase affair. It's constantly filled with loiters and suspicious looking groups simply standing around with intent but no apparent purpose. With that I'm not referring to teenagers or groups or young friends simply hanging out on the benches with little to do, I'm on about adults and people on phones, handsfree and working in tandem with others with signals and head nods.

Picadilly Gardens has a strangely ill feel to it. The feeling of being stalked, monitored by groups and watched by people so obvious that they're not there to enjoy the open space that they may as well be wearing bright orange in a crowd of people wearing nothing but grey.

The grassed areas are typically worn, muddy and the litter is a problem. I don't feel relaxed enough in Picadilly Gardens to enjoy it. Having to be on constant watch in case your pick-pocketed or some random stranger casually walks along and makes a grab for your shopping bags before running off in to the crowds makes this place uneasy despite it's openness and volume of people in it.

The Garden isn't a garden anymore. It's a slab of concrete with cigarette and joint dimps. There are nicer places in Manchester city centre to relax and enjoy the sun, such as Spinningfields, Sackville gardens etc. It's cold, uninviting and after dark it's downright forbidding and littered with drunks.

Visited February 2014
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“Piccadilly gardens seen better days”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Many years ago Piccadilly gardens was beautiful site to see as you entered Manchester city centre and it was also very convient to meet up with your friends as a meeting place but nowdays its just a eye sore,its been left to ruin.Its a real shame really.

Visited January 2014
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