Today’s Manchester is a far cry from the harsh industrial city of decades past that many still picture. Massive urban redevelopment projects have given the city a new face and reinvigorated its districts, making them cool, cultured and characterful enough to rival even the most hipster of neighbourhoods. ‘The Capital of the North’ is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with a rich musical history, a passion for sports, plenty of cultural offerings and personality to spare, and visitors will find much to keep them occupied, entertained and even fascinated among the refurbished and repurposed industrial buildings and pleasant canals.
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In the late 1990s a gigantic building project was started, which is still in progress today, renovating the city’s beautiful old buildings one by one. In parallel with this, young creative and/or wealthy Mancunians have begun to look for flats in town. As a result, the Northern Quarter suburb has become as hip as Hoxton or Soho in London, and luxurious flats have sprung up along the canals in Castlefield, to the south.
These days, Manchester is a lively and cultured city which can compete at any level with other international cities. Wherever you are, you’ll find yourself among the city’s historical waterways, including the Bridgewater Canal, the first man-made waterway, located in the Castlefield district. A trip along the Manchester Ship Canal, which runs from Salford Quays to Liverpool, is outstanding and displays locks and bridges that have been unchanged for 100 years.
Greater Manchester is made up of ten borough towns, from the East Lancashire steam railway in Bury to the pier and rugby league side of Wigan, each district adding to the city’s unique identity. With easy access to the Peak District and Lake District National Parks, you’re also within reach of the breathtaking English countryside.
Manchester is perhaps best known internationally for two things: music and football. Huge musical acts, including The Hollies, The Bee Gees, New Order, Oasis, Simply Red and many more, have hailed from Manchester, and the yearly ‘In The City’ music festival has launched many to international stardom. Football fans will want to visit the legendary Old Trafford stadium, museum and megastore. But Manchester has a lot more to offer than just music and sports. It is a young and creative city, with outstanding museums, food and nightlife, crisscrossed by canals which give it a unique atmosphere, and one of the greatest pleasures about visiting Manchester is exploring the various districts on foot.
National Football Museum
Whitworth Art Gallery
Flecky Bennett's Manchester Ghost Walk
City Centre Cruises
People’s History Museum
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Opera House
Imperial War Museum
Lake District National Park
The dining scene in Manchester is more interesting and varied by the day. All manner of new restaurants, gastropubs and bars keep popping up around the city, which now ranks among the country’s best and most diverse culinary destinations. A local speciality is the Manchester Egg, the city’s take on the Scotch egg, which is wrapped in black pudding and sausage, then breaded and deep fried, and should not be missed.
Alexandros Greek Restaurant
The Rose Garden
Manchester has historically been overrun with big chain coffee shops (49 Costa Coffees and 17 Starbucks), but a new wave of independent, high-quality, and often quirky cafes and tea houses has been taking over the city, offering more diverse alternatives and more original products. Give these cafes a try, support local entrepreneurs, and while you're at it, enjoy a truly delicious cup of coffee.
Hey Little Cupcake!
Bonbon Chocolate Workshop
Manchester boasts one of the UK's strongest and most diverse nightlife scenes, offering plenty of alternatives for drinking, partying and catching world-class concerts and performances. Hacienda was once perhaps Europe's most famous club (back in the 'Madchester' days), and though it is no longer in operation, the adventurous spirit of the city's nightlife remains intact in the numerous venues in the Northern Quarter, Castlefield and Gay Village.
Épernay Champagne & Cocktail Bar
Peveril of The Peak
The Comedy Store
Manchester has become northern England's shopping capital, offering variety, quality and bargains. From large shopping centres like Manchester Arndale and the Trafford Centre to the pedestrian boutique districts and markets dotting the city, to the unique items found at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, shoppers will be spoilt for choice with everything from designer fashion to local handicrafts on offer.
Manchester United Megastore
Manchester Craft and Design Centre
The Manchester Airport (MAN) is located 16 km south of the city. It has a combined railway and bus station, with departures to Manchester and the rest of the country. The train to Manchester Piccadilly takes about 20 minutes. Airport buses to Manchester depart every half hour. Taxis and car hire companies are also available at the airport.
Phone: +44 800 042 0213
You can travel around Manchester by bus, train or tram (Metrolink). For a tourist, the easiest and cheapest way is to buy a Day Saver Ticket, which gives unlimited transport inside the city on all modes of transportation. The largest of the city’s three railway stations is Manchester Piccadilly, on Fairfield Street, with connections to London and other big destinations around Britain.
Phone: +44 871 200 22 33
The taxis licensed by the local council are the big black ones. When the taxi sign is lit it means it is free. Taxi drivers are generally given a ten percent tip. Be prepared to pay cash. Some cars accept credit cards, but it is best to confirm this before you start your journey.
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Manchester Post Office:
Address: 26 Spring Gardens, Manchester
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Address: 7 Oxford St, Manchester
Phone: +44 161 236 1445
Country code: +44
Area code: 0161
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