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  • 1. History of Manchester

    Manchester began its life as a district of Salford – medieval Manchester began to grow in the area that now houses the cathedral. There are plenty of listed buildings showing the city’s heritage over the years – ranging from manors to pubs. Trafford Park was the world’s first industrial park in the late 19th century, and this area of the city has a great history to tell...Read more. Companies began moving in and major names such as British Westinghouse Electric Company, Hovis and Guinness were located at the site. Read less

  • 2. Now in Manchester

    Manchester is famous across the world for Manchester United Football Club. Manchester City Football Club is also a big part of the city’s identity. The area of Trafford Park has been transformed and now houses The Quays, an area with entertainment venues; a museum; The Lowry Centre, containing theatres, restaurants and galleries; shops and water sport facilities. It is a live...Read morely city with a strong identity and has a mix of modern and historic buildings Read less

  • 3. Events in Manchester

    The two major football clubs ensure football fixtures are at the top of the events calendar. There is always plenty of other major sporting events taking place in Manchester thanks to its Sportcity – this area houses Manchester City Football Club, the National Squash Centre, the 6,500 seat Manchester Regional Arena, English Institute of Sport, Manchester Velodrome and the Ten...Read morenis Centre as well as a state-of-the-art gymnasium. Festivals take place throughout the year to celebrate the arts and music – including the Manchester International Festival. Pride Games, the UK’s annual gay sports festival, takes place in Manchester. The National Cycling Centre, also known as the Velodrome, also stages many major sporting events. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Manchester

    Ancoats is the area of Manchester that still houses its historic mills and industrial buildings. This area was once known as the “workshop of the world”. The historical area of Castlefield houses the site of the 79AD Roman fort of Mamucium and the 1761 Bridgewater Canal – the world’s first true canal system. The People’s History museum does what it says – it tells t...Read morehe history of ordinary people in Manchester over the years. The museum’s building is a former Edwardian Pump House. Manchester Cathedral is a magnificent structure with impressive modern glass. A visitors’ centre at the site gives tourists all the information they need about this historic building. The John Rylands library is a Victorian Gothic building and its architecture wows visitors. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Manchester

    Guided walks, audio tours, ghost walks and canal tours are a great way to see the city of Manchester, and there are plenty of these to choose from. The Legoland Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre has fantastic Lego structures of well-known buildings, a hands-on area where visitors can explore and take part in activities, talks about Lego and a cinema. The Manchester Museum...Read more is four floors of exhibits that include a fossilised Tyrannosaurus Rex. Read less

  • 6. Business in Manchester

    There is no shortage of shopping facilities in Manchester. Among the main shopping centres are Manchester Arndale, The Trafford Centre, the Crompton Place Shopping Centre and the Market Place Shopping Centre. There are designer stores, high street names and vintage shops to choose from. Manchester’s Spinningfields is said to be one of Europe’s biggest city centre commercial...Read more developments and the city council says Manchester is ranked top in Europe for its business competitiveness. Manchester City Council says almost half of the North West’s Top 500 businesses are based in Manchester, as well as many FTSE 100 companies. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Manchester

    There are trains to most major UK cities from Manchester’s four main train stations - Deansgate, Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Manchester Airport has flights all over the UK and worldwide. Manchester’s ring road connects to motorways leading in all directions and coaches run to all major cities in the UK.

  • 8. Entertainment in Manchester

    Music venues in Manchester include the Manchester Evening News Arena (MEN), Band on the Wall, Manchester Apollo, Manchester Academy and The Royal Northern College of Music, among many others. Theatres include the Palace Theatre, Contact Theatre and the Abraham Moss Theatre. There are also plenty of venues for comedy and the arts.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Manchester

    Manchester Town Hall is right in the city centre and one of its most significant landmarks. It was built in the 1870s and has amazing architecture, including a magnificent clock tower. The cathedral, John Rylands Library and Central Library are other important and well-known buildings in the city.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Manchester

    More than 15 world records have been set at Manchester Velodrome since it opened in 1994.

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