This is the Winter Gardens - it is attached to the Millenium and Ruskin Museum and is very nice, but I struggle to spend more than an hour in here. You would have to read absolutely everything about all the exhibits to make time spin out. The art gallery above the library across the road is far more interesting - However they often have art exhibitions by local artists in the Winter Gardens, and these are brilliant.
This is the roof of the Lyceum theatre (my daughter took the photo's hence the arty angles!!). The dancing queen and I are regular visitors to the Lyceum. It is an old style theatre and for many years was left derelict. They revamped it in the 80's and restored it to its former glory, and I think it is far nicer than any theatre I have been in in London (the ones in London have all been a bit scruffy). So far this year, we have been to see Evita and Cabaret, and we have tickets for Flashdance and West Side Story which are coming shortly. The Lyceum stands next to the famous Crucible theatre (currently being revamped, but they will have some of it done for the snooker). The style of the Crucible is very modern in contrast to the Lyceum. I think we are really lucky to have these 2 theatres side by side on our doorstep.
These are part of the Peace Gardens. They stand in the heart of the city next to the old Town Hall (very beautiful building on the left) and in the middle of all the modern offices, hotels and apartments being built. In the olden days, the gardens used to get full of drunks and was'nt a nice place to be, but nowadays they have "City Ambassadors" on guard and it is usually a lovely atmosphere here. I'll take more pictures when I regain control of the camera!!