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Manchester

 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.

currency

British Pound, £1 = 100 pence

phone

112
999

newspaper

The Guardian
Manchester Evening News
Manchester Metro News (free)

hours

Shops are usually open Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

population

2.6 million

info

Visit Manchester
Manchester Visitor Information Center, Manchester
+44 871 222 8223
Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 10:30am-4:30pm

Media City at Salford Quays

The City

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.

Albert Memorial, Albert Square in front of Manchester Town Hall, United Kingdom

Do & See

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.

Chinatown

National Football Museum

Whitworth Art Gallery

Flecky Bennett's Manchester Ghost Walk

City Centre Cruises

Heaton Park

The Lowry

People’s History Museum

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Opera House

Manchester Museum

Imperial War Museum

Lake District National Park

scotch manchester eggs canape

Dining

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.

Yang Sing

Umezushi

Alexandros Greek Restaurant

Pacifica Cantonese

63 Degrees

Saray

The Rose Garden

The Wharf

Sapporo Teppanyaki

Al Bacio

Tampopo

Evuna

Young asian male drinking tea in cafe whilst looking out of window.

Cafes

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.

Teacup Kitchen

Sugar Junction

Hey Little Cupcake!

Bonbon Chocolate Workshop

Takk

Earth Cafe

Group of four friends laughing out loud outdoor, sharing good and positive mood. Making party outdoor with champagne and confetti

Bars & Nightlife

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.

Dry Bar

BrewDog Manchester

Épernay Champagne & Cocktail Bar

Bluu

Peveril of The Peak

The Comedy Store

Couple of tourists walking in a city street

Shopping

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 Arndale

Deansgate

Northern Quarter

Trafford Centre

Manchester United Megastore

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Light rail Metrolink tram in the city center of Manchester, UK in the evening. The system has 77 stops along 78.1 km and runs through seven of the ten boroughs

Essential Information

Airport

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

Website: www.manchesterairport.co.uk

Public Transport

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

Website: www.gmpte.com

Taxi

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.

Street Cars Manchester:

Address: 16 Chorlton St, Manchester

Email: talktous@streetcarsmanchester.co.uk

Phone: +44 161 228 7878

Website: www.streetcarsmanchester.co.uk

Post

Manchester Post Office:

Address: 26 Spring Gardens, Manchester

Phone: +44 345 611 2970

Website: www.postoffice.co.uk

Pharmacy

Cameolord Pharmacy:

Address: 7 Oxford St, Manchester

Phone: +44 161 236 1445

Website: www.nhs.uk/Services/Pharmacies/Overview/DefaultView.aspx?id=7858

Telephone

Country code: +44

Area code: 0161

Electricity

240 V, 50 Hz

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