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City Guide: ManchesterManchester is a city of the North West Region of England. England is composed of 9 administrative regions. Admired as the Capital of the North of England, Manchester is one of the centers of art, media, higher education and commerce. It is the pioneer for free trade. Manchester is the first industrial city where the industrial revolution spread from Britain to all over the world. Developing from a small market town into the world's first and most industrial city, Manchester was named as the Cottonopolis during the 19th century.
Tourist AttractionsThe main geographical features of Manchester are its climate (a damp climate, a rainy city), its vicinity to the seaport at Liverpool, the existence of waterpower from its rivers (River Irwell, River Medlock, River Irk, River Mersey) and its nearby coal reserves. Witnessing a plenty of skyscrapers, public monuments, a great deal of museums, industrial heritage constructions, gardens and nature, you will contemplate the industrial past face of the city. In addition, the postindustrial aspect of the city pushes itself forward through sport (especially football, Manchester United and Manchester City football teams), broadcasting and education.
Castlefield Urban Heritage Park at Castlefield is the reflection of the urban history. Constructed in 79 A.D., this Roman castle was the hearth of the industrial Manchester with its viaducts, bridges, canals and market buildings. Now, it is an Urban Heritage Park including the Castlefield Basin, the Bridgewater Canal, and a science museum. This unique park is also very popular with its pubs and restaurants.
Skyscrapers are one of the modern faces of Manchester. Beethom Tower, CIS Tower, City Tower, Arndale Tower, Manchester Town Hall and Civil Justice Centre are the first six tallest and the main examples of these splendid structures of the city. Beethom Tower located at the junction point of Deansgate and Great Bridgewater Street is the tallest building in the city.
Pankhurst Centre (Pankhurst Parlour Museum), Greater Manchester Police Museum, Manchester Museum, People's History Museum, Manchester Jewish Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Urbis Museum are the fundamental ones among a great range of museums of Manchester. Urbis at the Cathedral Gardens is the reflection of the industrial urban life. Here, you will be able to find a three-floor museum with its frosted glass walls and interactive videos inside. People's History Museum at the center of the city exhibits the social life of the working class in the last two centuries.
You will encounter a great deal of parks, gardens and nature sites at the city. Alexandra Park at the Whalley Range was established in 1870. You should visit this park serving as a recreation area for workers throughout the history in order to live nature and history at the same time. Chorlton Water Park at Maitland Avenue is one of the most popular natural sites in the city. The park is situated around the central lake. In addition to its wildflower meadows, the park is an ideal place for fishing and water sports (sailing, windsurfing).
Culture & EntertainmentManchester has a pretty rich and diverse culture, which is the reverberation of an important international metropole. Visual and performing arts, music, sport, architecture, theater, art galleries and seasonal events play a big role in the constitution of the city culture. Standing as the third most visited city of England after London and Edinburgh, the city is one of the major centers of creative industries (the manufacturing sector of mainly intellectual property products such as arts, films, games, fashion designs, advertising).
The Athenaeum, Cornerhouse, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Withworth Art Gallery and Cube Gallery are among the main locations of visual art in Manchester. Manchester Art Gallery at the center of the city exhibits a collection of the civic art of the city. Including the country's best collection of pre-Raphaelite art, the gallery boasts with its excellent collection of paintings from the European masters.
Music is one of the integral parts of the city culture. From jazz, pop to classical music, Manchester has a culture offering a satisfactory music potential. Classical music is the most popular music genre in the city. Halle Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra are the two city orchestras. Free Trade Hall at the Peter Street, Bridgewater Hall (a unique international concert venue), RNCM, Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Cathedral are the main examples of classical music performance and concert locations. Manchester International Festival (28 June-15 July) and Manchester Jazz Festival (July) are the worldwide popular events held in Manchester.
Manchester harbors all kinds of entertainment. While parks and gardens are ideal for natural recreation a great range of bars, discotheques, clubs offer live music, dance parties, performances and shows.
Food & Drink
Manchester teems with markets, restaurants, cafes and clubs. A plenty of fast food retailers are prevalent throughout the city. You will be able to find everything on behalf of international cuisine. The beer of the city is famous.
Curry Mile is the main high street of Rusholme along which a large number of South Asian restaurants and the biggest Indian concentration other than Indian Subcontinent. Innumerable take-aways, kebab houses and restaurants are gathered here. Chinatown is a section of the urban area with a great deal of Chinese outside the Chinese countries. Here, you will find a paradise of Far East, especially China delicacies. You should taste the delicious duck in Chinatown.
Manchester's foodie pubs and most of the city restaurants are the best places for relaxation and a delicious lunch meal.
Organic, traded, seasonal, Dutch, French and local markets are popular at the city. Also, there are lots of breweries and some of them are old style cask.
ShoppingManchester is the major shopper's paradise in the country. You will find elegant, classy, fashionable, funky, local shopping alternatives offered by this major retail center. Deansgate, the West End, the Manchester Arndale, Shambles, King Street, Exchange Square and the pedestrianized Market Street are among the main shopping locations of the city harboring many shopping malls, specialty stores, department stores, boutiques, city markets and international shops. Especially the city markets and streets are piquant places for shoppers.
Harvey Nicholas at Millennium Quarter is the most fundamental department store in the city. This temple of high fashion contains all the major of local and international brands. It is an haute couture store including a splendid department store and jewelry shop.
Manchester Arndale is the largest shopping center located at the city center. The city center has a great deal of smaller shopping centers such as The Triangle and Royal Exchange Centre.
Ticket Sales Offices: Manchester
|Manchester Administration Office|
|Address||Olympic House, Room 2015-2016, Manchester Airport M90 1QX|
Reservations: 0844 800 6666
Global Baggage Solutions: 0844 3754258
|Fax||+44 (0) 161 489 5291|
Saturday : Closed
Sunday : Closed
|Manchester Airport Ticket Sales|
|Address||Terminal 1, Room 12-14, Level 5, Manchester Airport, M90 3AL|
Reservations: 0844 800 6666
Ticket Desk : +44 (0)161 489 5287
|Fax||+44 (0) 161 489 5293|
Weekdays 08.30 - 16.30
Saturday : 08.00 - 16.00
Sunday : 08:00 - 16:00
Manchester: Airport Map Information
Address : Manchester Airport, Manchester M90 1QX, United Kingdom Phone : +44 161 489 3000
Manchester: Airport Map Information
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|Phone Code||:||+44 61|