The City of Manchester is often referred to as the Capital of the North England. It is the third largest city in the whole of the United Kingdom. With its ever increasing yearly tourism numbers, Manchester is currently a centre for education, arts, media and commerce. It is no surprise then that it is the third most visited city in the U.K which can boast a host of parks, museums, cultural neighbourhoods and historical sites. If the city of Manchester is your choice of destination, you certainly will not be disappointed.
To get a true feeling of the historic culture that Manchester has to offer, you should visit the Manchester Cathedral. Located on Irwell River banks and constructed in a Perpendicular style, the majestic building was promoted to cathedral status in 1847. We advise that you have a look around the choir stalls, along with the chapter house, which displays many murals.
Another place that you must surely visit is the City Art Gallery on Mosley Street. This museum can boast one of the largest art collections in the United Kingdom with only London having a greater choice. It is another one of the great features Manchester has to offer, where tourists may find works of famous German artists such as Max Ernst, Flemish artists of the 17th century, a host of French impressionism as well as British artists such as Constable and Stubbs. This is a must visit for any tourist wanting to feel some of the exquisite art exhibitions that the United Kingdom has to offer.
For those of you looking to unwind, Manchester has a fantastic variety of parks to choose from. The Castlefield Urban Heritage Park is one of those places that is perfect for relinquishing the stress from your everyday life. With a wide selection of Victorian homes, as well as modern structures, it gives the park a very whimsical and interesting look. Also on site is a Roman fort as are a number of old canals. If it is a slice of Mancunian history that you are after, this is definitely the place to be.
The Manchester Evening News Arena is a very popular attraction that is used to host a large range of sporting and entertainment events. It is situated next to the Victoria train station and is just a short walk from the main shopping area. We highly recommend that you check the events calendar for an evening at the M.E.N arena, as the atmosphere that accumulates inside is something that doesn’t come around too often.
Another famous attraction that Manchester has to offer, and arguably the most popular, is the location of the Manchester United football stadium: Old Trafford. Also known as ‘The Theatre of Dreams’, Old Trafford can boast a 76,000 seating capacity to possibly one of the greatest and most successful football teams to have graced the country of England. Old Trafford is just 15 km’s from the Manchester international airport; and if football is a sport that interests you, then this fantastic venue is a must visit for all ages.
Within a short walking distance from Old Trafford lies ‘The Lowry’. This is the place to be if performing and visual arts are something that inspires you. Having an architectural flagship with a unique dynamic identity, The Lowry home to two main theatres presenting a full range of opera, drama, dance, ballet and musical shows. Set in the magnificent waterside location of Salford quays in Greater Manchester, we strongly recommend a visit whilst staying in this vibrant yet beautiful city.
The University of Manchester lies in the heart of the city centre. With unprecedented student nightlife, it has a wide range of attractions for visitors to experience and relish. It was formed in 2004 when the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST merged together after receiving Royal Charter from the Queen on 22nd October, 2004.
Chinatown in Manchester is where you can experience Chinese culture in United Kingdom. This is where you can get tasty Chinese cuisine, arts and crafts.