Manchester is a city in the NorthWest of England and lies north of the Cheshire Plains and is sheltered by the Pennines which are situated to the north and east of the city. Manchester grew in importance during the Industrial Revolution and also became a Port, even though it is situated 40 miles inland, this was made possible with the building of the Manchester Ship Canal. Manchester lies 34 miles from the City of Liverpool which is easily accessed along the M62 motorway. Just 5 miles outside Manchester is the shopping Mall ‘The Trafford Centre’ which gives visitors the choice of over 200 stores set along three miles of granite and marble boulevards. The Centre is also home to 60 restaurants, cafes and bars and a 20 screen cinema.
Manchester is a fun and engaging city where the warmth of the welcome is apparent throughout the hotels, restaurants, shops and many attractions. As it is a compact city it is simple to navigate and there is a first rate transport system with trams and buses making all areas easily accessible. The city has always been enterprising, at the centre of industrial heritage, the splitting of the atom and the modern computer, and it continuing to lead in scientific innovation, culture and creativity.
The cultural base is very strong, with a range of events and festivals including the biennial Manchester International Festival which features a variety of arts events, the Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester Pride and the Manchester Science Festival. HOME is a new centre for contemporary art, theatre, literature and cinema while several theatres which often showcase performances before they go to the London West End. Classical music, rock and pop are heard in several music venues including the renowned Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Arena, the Manchester Academy, O2 Apollo and many other intimate venues situated in the thriving university area.
Visit The Quays waterfront and enjoy a cruise round the canals before visiting the thought-provoking Imperial War Museum, The Lowry art gallery and theatre and Media City for the BBC Tour. The Whitworth is an award-winning art gallery and is situated close to Manchester Museum so both are easy to combine in an afternoon trip. The Whitworth’s café is worth a trip in itself! The Museum of Science and Industry, based at the world’s first passenger railway station is really interesting for all ages, or pop out to East Lancashire Railway, Chester Zoo or Tatton Park for a different view of the area.
You can eat your way around the world, with all varieties of food from fine dining to tasty street food. Manchester attracts top chefs from all over Europe, there are new restaurants opening up on a regular basis, which along with the variety of cocktail bars, craft beer pubs and independent coffee shops allow the visitor to find exactly the type of food they are craving. The nightclubs, jazz clubs and late-night bars allow the more energetic visitors to make the most of all that the city has to offer.
Sport is a massive draw for Manchester, showcasing the friendly rivals Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as the National Football Museum and its interactive exhibits. Other sports feature just as strongly including track cycling, mountain biking and BMX at the National Cycling Centre, skiing at Chill Factore, cricket at Lancashire County Cricket Club,
..and there is always shopping. With Intu Trafford Centre’s huge array of international stores and high street brands, Spinningfields’ luxury brands, the Northern Quarter’s innovative independent shops and Manchester Arndale Centre’s national shops there are lots of options if you fancy some retail time.
Take time out to visit this years Christmas Markets in Manchester‘s city centre. Take a stroll along the stalls selling a wide selection of gifts, decorations and foods from around the world. The streets are lit up with festive lights and decorations which transform the city into a Christmas wonderland.
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