A modern place packed with historic buildings, Manchester is a city built on industry, science and technology. Visitors can take their pick from countless concerts, festivals and art exhibits, and a trip to Manchester wouldn’t be complete without taking in a football game or two. Mancunians are a lively and friendly bunch who love a spot of shopping and partying, so don’t miss the city’s famed shopping and nightlife scenes.
Manchester’s makeover started in the 1990s as part of its bid to host the next Olympic Games. However, it was the devastating IRA bomb blast during the Euro ’96 football tournament that made way for an intense period of town planning, renovation and new facilities. The city can be explored easily on foot and boasts an excellent public transport network, including the free Metroshuttle buses.
Head back in time by exploring some of Manchester’s historic haunts, including old converted warehouses, Victorian Gothic halls and the beautiful Manchester Cathedral. There are some beautiful examples of historic architecture in Manchester, including Albert Square, Manchester Town Hall and the imposing John Rylands Library.
Manchester is not known for its great weather, but rainy days shouldn’t put you off, as there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you amused. Head to the wonderful Manchester Art Gallery, or learn all about the local textile industry at the Whitworth Art Gallery. A must-visit is the Museum of Science and Industry, where scientists split the atom for the first time and where the city’s fascinating role in the Industrial Revolution is explained through interactive exhibitions.
Manchester’s dining scene has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with a dazzling array of stylish bars, international restaurants and typical English pubs offering up the latest in tasty food and drink. Head to the charming Manchester Opera House to catch a comedy, a ballet performance or some musical theatre.
Located 320 kilometres north of London and less than an hour away from Liverpool, Manchester is a great base from which to explore famous country estates like Arley Hall and Gardens.