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Manchester might be most famous for being home to two of the main heavyweights of English Football – Manchester United and Manchester City – but it is also known to be one of the most important cities in the UK. Popularly known as the Capital of the North, the city is known for its down to earth locals, friendly atmosphere and an excellent sports, music and arts scene. The city has had its share of problems during the World War II and the IRA conflicts, but it has managed to overcome its industrial decline and become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country.

The city is also home to the second largest airport in the UK (outside of London) and is famous for hosting a number of world famous landmarks such as Affleck's Palace, the Lowry art complex and the Canal Street gay village. Central Manchester is also home to two of the most famous universities in the UK – the Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester. Together, they boast of a full time student population of 86000, i.e., these two universities account for 86000 students living full time in the city.

The presence of a vast student population helps to add a unique flavour to the city’s already beautiful culture and makes it even more enticing for travellers. The integrated rail and bus systems make it easy for tourists to travel from one place to the other. Football fans can simply ask for the direction to their favourite stadium while history and buffs can revel in the various museums and art galleries of the city. Manchester is also one of those few cities that allows tourists to have a tantalizing time while on a budget or while splurging on a world of luxuries.

History and culture might be famous for drawing travellers to the city, but what makes it truly special are its unique distractions and pleasurable delights. Drinking, dining and dancing away to glory are some of the best things to do in Manchester and tourists can also have a gala time exploring some of the most breathtaking locales in the UK.


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Manchester holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. Peak District

What is it? The Peak District was England's first national park. This beautiful region sits in the central and northern parts of England, largely within picturesque Derbyshire. Diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife and a rich historic heritage combine with busy market towns and thriving cities such as Sheffield and Manchester. With over 22 million visitors annually, the Peak District is a major UK tourist destination, and the Peak District National Park is the second most visited park in the world. The District is generally divided into three main areas, each with its own distinctive topography. White Peak in the south is characterised by its limestone landscapes with a blend of flat plateaus and gentle valleys, while the South West Peak is a mix of hay meadows and moorland. The most sparsely populated area is Dark Peak in the north, where dramatic gritstone plateaus, craggy edges and ridges contrast with deep valleys. The whole region is rife with quaint towns, majestic historic homes, old mills and museums, as well as plenty to please the outdoor enthusiast, including top-class rock climbing, caving and fly fishing. Visitors can enjoy an authentic Bakewell pudding in Bakewell, take a leisurely hot air balloon ride for a bird's eye view, mountain bike in the Hope Valley near Charleston or travel back in time in an impressive country manor. It is not hard to see why the Peak District is so immensely popular and it is well worth spending some time exploring its many treasures. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 

2. Urbis
Corporation Street, Cathedral Gardens
www.urbis.org.uk
What is it? Nestled in the heart of Manchester, Urbis is a unique and interesting concept - an exhibition centre of city life across the globe, created as part of an urban regeneration project. Featuring interactive exhibits and fascinating exhibitions, the uber-modern glass building, sometimes described as a 'glass ski slope,' is an immediate Manchester landmark and visitors are drawn not only to the exhibits, but also to the building itself. The gallery on level one hosts different exhibitions, while levels two, three and four house permanent exhibits and displays. Levels five and six house Le Mont Restaurant, providing incredible views of the city, as well as fine dining, and there is also The Social, a restaurant and late night venue that features live bands, DJs and more. Hours of Operation: Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm; Thursday to Saturday 10am to 8pm Phone:(0)161 605 8200

 

 

3. Old Trafford
Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford
www.manutd.com
What is it? Nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford is home to one of the premier English football clubs, Manchester United and since 1878, has been the heart and soul of the club. More than 200,000 visitors come each year to marvel at the home of the likes of Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo, and share in some of the Man U magic. Guided tours of the stadium run every 10 minutes and the award-winning museum is chock-full of fascinating trivia, memorabilia and interactive exhibits, guaranteed to delight fans and perhaps even win over a few new ones. The Red Café, in the North Stand of the stadium, is open daily and serves up delicious food for those needing replenishment, while the Megastore in the East Stand sells every conceivable type of Man U branded item. Hours of Operation: Guided stadium tours daily 9.40am to 4.30pm; Museum daily 9.30am to 5pm Phone:(0)870 442 1994

 

 


Manchester holidays - Top Events

 

1. V Festival Staffordshire

From 2007-08-01

To 2007-08-31
 

What is it? Richard Branson's answer to the popular music festivals during the British summers offers many of the biggest live acts from around the world. The festival is noted for its professionalism, and low queuing times ensuring its sold-out status every year. Like the Carling festivals, this one has a sibling festival too, with acts playing on alternate days, held in Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Where is it? Weston Park, Staffordshire

 

 

2. Eurocultured

From 2007-05-01

To 2007-05-31
 

What is it? The city of Manchester hosts a celebration of European Culture throughout the city with an array of live performances over two massive days. DJ's from all over Europe descend on the city to entertain the tens of thousands of gatherers all night long while a variety of other live music performances including cabaret and dance captivate during the day. Where is it? New Wakefield Street, Pure Space, The Font, Thirsty Scholar, Greenroom

 

 



 

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