A city guide to Manchester

Manchester is situated in north west England and is part of the county of Greater Manchester. It is believed the population of Manchester is roughly 500,000 people. Manchester is additionally the 3rd most visited city in the UK by overseas visitors behind England and Scotland’s capital cities, London and Edinburgh. Manchester is also a favourite with UK tourists

Manchester was founded in 79 AD by the Romans. In the 1st century, following the Roman takeover of Britain, General Agricola ordered plans to construct a fort to make sure that Roman interests in Chester and York could be protected from any resistance offered by the Celtic tribe called the Brigantes that lived within the area during these times. This Roman fort and settlement was Mamucium.

The city of Manchester is recognised by having two of the most famous football teams in the world as well as having a assorted range of culture.


Manchester is home to various museums honoring the city’s rich historical past through the years starting with its Roman beginnings to its involvement in the Industrial Revolution.

The Museum of Science and Industry is located on the site of the world’s oldest remaining passenger railway station. The 7.5 acre site is can be found in five properties. This family friendly museum tells the story of Manchester’s history in science and industry through many galleries and collections.

The Manchester Museum is situated on The University of Manchester grounds. The museum has 4 floors of displays and exhibits in fifteen galleries. Here you’ll be able to encounter galleries of well-known Egyptology and the astounding wonders of nature which includes Stan the T-Rex, a skeleton of a sperm whale and also a host of live animals.

Manchester Art Gallery houses 1 of the UK’s best art collections. The gallery has undergone a £35 million transformation to bring the collection to visitors in imaginative new ways. A variety of talks, organised tours and hands on activities are available each day.


A host of the UK’s most popular groups of all time have emerged from the Manchester music scene. Popular bands including The Smiths, The Buzzcocks, Joy Division, The Stone Roses, New Order and Oasis all came from Manchester. Manchester has been acknowledged as being the home of indie in the 1980s when a host of groups burst on to the scene. This scene was identified as the ‘Madchester’ scene, centred around The Hacienda nightclub.


Manchester features a wonderful history in sport. Probably the most widely recognised is its two soccer clubs that ply their trade in the Barclays Premier League. Manchester United play at Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams and Manchester City play at the City of Manchester Stadium, which was also home to the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

There are a number of great sporting arenas to be located in Manchester such as the National Squash Centre, Manchester Aquatic Centre and The Manchester Velodrome, recognised as being one of the greatest indoor cycling tracks in the world.

Where to stay?

As Manchester is the third-most visited city in the UKby foreign visitors, you will find plenty of locations to stay whether you are on the lookout for hotels Manchester city centre or accommodation a bit further afield within the surrounding suburb regions.There are many luxury four and five star hotels in and around the city centre but not all of the accommodation has to becostly. Various of the best value hotel chains also have properties dotted across Manchester to fit everyone’s demands and spending budgets.

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