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City Profile — Manchester

Updated on June 2, 2016

Culture in Manchester

The city’s splendid architecture ranges from the iconic Town Hall to the beautiful St Mary’s Catholic church, known as the Hidden Gem. There’s a wide range of museums, too, from the Manchester Art Gallery to the Museum of Science & Industry.

Manchester has traditionally been second only to London for theatre, and your visit to the city can take in a trip to the Royal Exchange, the Opera House and many more. You can also visit iconic sites connected with Manchester’s television industry, from Media City to a tour of Coronation Street.

Manchester Culture

Music and Nightlife in Manchester

While the heady days of “Madchester” are gone, the city offers plenty of music venues, from the vast Manchester Arena to the legendary Roadhouse. Manchester’s rich nightlife ranges from the sophistication of the Cloud 23 bar to clubbing at Gorilla, or the vibrant, varied bars of the Northern Quarter. There’s excellent nightlife within easy reach of most Manchester hotels.

Music & Nightlife

Albert Hall
Albert Hall

Shopping in Manchester

Manchester has all the major shops you’d expect, but it’s also rich in specialist and boutique shops. The Arndale, the Trafford Centre and the Lowry Outlet Mall leave you spoilt for choice, while Afflecks offer quirky, independent fashion stores. The best area, though, for independent shops is the Northern Quarter, offering everything from crafts and design to classic vinyl records.

Shopping in Manchester

Triangle Shopping Centre
Triangle Shopping Centre

Sport in Manchester

Many visitors to Manchester come for a trip to either Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium, depending on their preferences, but the football fan can also enjoy the National Football Museum. Old Trafford is also the home of Lancashire Cricket Club and has hosted memorable Test Matches, while the Manchester Velodrome is Britain’s earliest indoor Olympic cycling track.

Sport in Manchester

city of manchester stadium
city of manchester stadium

Eating Out

You can find whatever type of restaurant you’re looking for in Manchester, whether it’s The French by Simon Rogan, with two Michelin Stars, or the informality of Northern Soul Grilled Cheese. You can also find almost any ethnic food you might want, and Manchester’s Chinatown, reputedly the biggest in Europe, is well worth a visit.

If you want to stop off for lunch or afternoon tea, Manchester is well supplied with first-rate cafés — Moose Coffee and Home Sweet Home are both excellent choices.

This has only scratched the surface — Manchester’s attraction range from parks to trips on the Manchester Ship Canal. And the city’s Metrolink tram system can take you anywhere and back to your Manchester hotels for just £5 a day.

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