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Miniguide to Manchester: Manchester or Madchester. However you’ve come to know it, you’ll be sure never to forget it. The beating heart of the North West of England, Manchester is a city like no other.
Boasting two world famous sporting teams in Manchester United and Manchester City, the colours red and blue have never held so much significance. Take a stadium tour of Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium. Within the grounds you’ll find museums with plenty of football artefacts on display for you to enjoy such as jerseys, medals and trophies from seasons gone by. Exploring Man United’s rich history is hungry work. If you work up an appetite you can stop for a bite to eat at the famed Red Cafe and grab a pizza or one of their tasty toasties.
Manchester offers plenty for the non football fans too, of course. Manchester is home to some brilliant museums such as the Manchester Museum, which houses an array of treasures from the natural world. You can take a look at some Egyptian artefacts or if you’re brave enough, stand face to face with a T.Rex! There’s also the Science and Industry Museum where you can explore over 250,000 objects and archives. The Imperial War Museum North is one of five branches of the Imperial War Museum and the first branch to be located in the North of England. It’s a museum of modern war and conflict with over 2000 items on display for you to enjoy. Marvel at the First World War field gun that fired the opening British round on the Western Front, or take a look at the steel work left behind after the World Trade Centre disaster in New York. There’s even the National Football Museum - the world’s biggest and best football museum! You’ll find lots of football artefacts including a replica of the World Cup trophy. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in Manchester. For the art lovers, Manchester is home to the prize-winning Whitworth Art Gallery which houses over 50,000 pieces and exhibitions.
Manchester boasts world-class nightlife. There are loads of bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Why not head on over to the trendy Northern Quarter? Manchester’s creative, urban heart. You’ll find tons of independent fashion stores and record shops, quirky cafes and bars. As well as the world famous Afflecks Palace, a self-confessed emporium of eclecticism. The Printworks is a buzzing entertainment complex packed with plenty of bars and restaurants, and even a cinema where you can catch up on the latest blockbuster releases. A visit to Manchester isn’t complete without a trip to the famous Curry Mile. Situated in the popular Rusholme area, you’ll find plenty of delicious Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian restaurants and takeaways for you to enjoy.
If it’s retail therapy you’re after, Manchester is a shopper’s paradise. It’s home to the Arndale Centre which boasts over 200 stylish stores for you to explore, including Topshop and River Island. Whilst the nearby intu Trafford Centre boasts plenty of shops and restaurants too, including Zara and Selfridge’s. And with late night opening until 10pm, you’ll truly be spoilt for choice when shopping in Manchester.
Manchester is also home to MediaCityUK, on the banks of the famous Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford. It’s the home of the likes of the BBC, ITV and Kellogg’s. MediaCityUK even offers a BBC tour so it’s definitely worth a visit to walk the footsteps of some famous stars!
Manchester Travel Information: Manchester is a compact city which makes getting out and about really easy. Hop on a bike and clock up some mileage thanks to Manchester’s marked cycle lines which run throughout the city. You can also get around the city centre pretty easily on foot. But if you don’t fancy breaking a sweat on your trip, you can catch one of the commercial buses that run throughout the city. The famed Oxford Road is one of the busiest bus routes in the whole of Europe! Manchester also operates a light railway system, head to the closest Metrolink station and you won’t have long to wait for a tram. Manchester is served by 5 train stations. Manchester Piccadilly is the busiest and has tons of services to get you where you need to go. If you’re flying in, Manchester Airport is approximately a 20 minute drive from the city centre. The quickest and most reliable way of getting around is to hire a taxi, coach or minibus.