I’ve previously written about some of the harder-to-find bees dotted across Manchester in various articles, but I thought it would be nice to bring a few of them together in a single post, while also highlighting a few I’ve not featured on the site before.
Deansgate Tram Stop
If you happen to be standing on this station platform, look up at the overhead roof and you’ll see a pattern of differently shaped white leaves strewn along its surface. It’s only when you look closely that you find a number of small Manchester Bees flying in and amongst them.
Piccadilly Place Ice Box
I’ve wrote about this special hidden bee back in April 2018, but since so few people know about it, I thought it’d be nice to talk about it once again. Since the time of the original article, the Ice Box has been covered in triangular coloured shapes, but fortunately, the bee wasn’t covered over and is still easy to find if you know where to look.
While the clock tower gets all the glory, there are actually a few bees located inside the hotel, adorning the Director’s stairwell located under the tower, appearing as a running motif on each floors bronze banisters.
If you have a good old explore are the water feature, you’ll eventually find this shiny little bee, flying across the water’s surface.
Hidden on the back of the red choir stalls are 22 small, beautifully crafted, bees. In addition, there’s a small hive beneath an altar. The Hive is featured above, while the bees are below. Of course, these are just some of the bees dotted around the Cathedral.
Manchester Town Hall
Lastly, these are probably the best hidden of the bees on this page, as it won’t be possible to see them until the building reopens in 2024. The ceiling of the Great Hall features the coats of arms of cities and countries of Manchester’s main trading partners at the time of the building’s creation, and around each one, a swarm of bees can be found flying toward them. I believe it to be the largest collection of Manchester Bees in one location.