Home to its most ubiquitous and iconic design, Manchester Town Hall and the Manchester Bee are inseparably linked. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse and built between 1868 to 1877, the Hall features the bee both outside and inside the building. Standing outside the main entrance on Albert Square, look up past the statues and you’ll see a large version of Manchester City Council’s coat of arms, with the date 1873 incorporated into it’s design. Five bees can be seen hovering over the globe, as opposed to the seven that appear on the normal coat of arms. A similar coat of arms can be found above the Cooper Street entrance to the Hall, with the date listed as 1874.
Inside the Great Hall, look up and you’ll see the coat of arms of countries and cities that were the principal trading partners with Manchester during the Industrial Revolution. Around each one you’ll notice bees flying around them.