Architecture may not be Manchester's main feature, but
the city does possess many remarkable buildings, such as its famous Gothic Revival Town
Hall, which opened in 1877. Close by is the lovely cupola-topped central library, one of
the largest in Europe. Manchester Cathedral, for its part, was built in the 15th
century, and finally, the John Rylands University Library, which houses a beautiful
Gothic Revival building built in the late 19th century, showcases precious books and
The city also has its share of
noteworthy museums, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, which reveals the rich
industrial past of Manchester, considered as the first industrial city in the world. Its
15 exhibit rooms display such objects as weaving looms and locomotives. The Manchester
Museum showcases impressive collections of objects from all over the
The Pumphouse is a museum dedicated to the
relatively recent history (past two centuries) of men and women going about their daily
tasks, while those who wish to learn more about different means of transportation should
visit the Greater Manchester's Museum of Transport. The Jewish Museum, for its part,
tells the story of the city's Jewish community, which has been thriving here since the
Among the city's famous art
galleries are the City Art Galleries, which include the Princess Street Gallery and the
Mosley Street Gallery, as well as the Cornerhouse Galleries.
Football-lovers are probably already familiar with the well-known
Manchester United team, so why not take this opportunity to visit the Manchester United
Museum and Tour Centre at the Old Trafford stadium? If you prefer simply stretching out
your legs, Greater Manchester offers some 130 parks that are ideal for a leisurely stroll.
Music of all kinds, café-bars,
pubs and nightclubs are a top priority in Manchester. Revellers actually come from
faraway places just to party, bar-hop, or enjoy theatre here. Public sites such as the
Royal Exchange Theatre, the Palace Theatre, the Greater Manchester Exhibition and Event
Centre, the Bridgewater Hall and the Nynex Arena present shows almost every night. The
city also has its share of festivals, such as the Boddington Festival of the Arts and
Discovering everything Manchester has
to offer in terms of night entertainment can be as exhausting as it is fascinating, as
you dance the night away or watch a band that might one day make it to the Top Ten.
Indeed, Manchester, like its neighbour Liverpool, has always been a musical talent pool,
which is proven by the success of bands such as Oasis and The Smiths.
Where on earth
Manchester is located in the northwest region of
England and is crossed by the River Irwell, a tributary of the Mersey. It is home to
450,000 people, while Greater Manchester, the second-largest urban conglomeration in
Great Britain, has a population of 2,400,000 inhabitants.