Manchester is one of the main cities in Great Britain
, situated in the north-west of England, in the county of Greater Manchester, more or less half way between Leeds
Manchester, which now has about half a million inhabitants, was originally a Roman colony, founded in 79 AD.
The city was once one of the main centres of the Industrial Revolution
in England, but in the twentieth century it was severely affected by the crisis of the textile industry. Nevertheless in recent years it has been able to recover , investing huge sums in the regeneration of the neighborhoods hit by the crisis and on the development of new activities related to art and culture. In this way Manchester has become a very attractive tourist destination.
Historical and cultural Manchester.
Manchester is now a modern and vibrant city, offering several attractions.
Among the more traditional attractions is Castlelfield
, the place where was located the ancient Roman settlement of Manucium that gave rise to the city, and theUniversity of Manchester
, in Oxford Road, which is really famous for some important innovations like the experiments on the atom made by Rutherford.
The Manchester Cathedral
, located in the central area calledMillennium Quarter
and built in Gothic style, is dedicated to St Mary, St Denys and St George.
Interesting is Manchester Town Hall
, in Albert Square, built in Neo-Gothic style, that during the Industrial Revolution was the symbol of the economic power of the city.
The John Rylands Library
also worth a visit: it houses the oldest known fragment of the New Testament in the world.
In Manchester there is also the Chetam's Library
, the oldest England's library, once frequented by Marx and Engels.
Modern and cosmopolitan Manchester.
There are several areas in which you can try the modern and cosmopolitan soul of Manchester; among these has to be mentioned Chinatown
, located near George and Faulkner Street, that is one of the most characteristic places of the city.
In Manchester there is also The Village, the district known as the Gay Village
, because it hosts the largest gay community in Europe; here there are some of the most famous pubs and clubs in the city.
If you are looking for an oriental restaurant, you can not miss the curry mile
, a street full of curry restaurants, sari shops, and even jewelers .
Museums and art galleries in Manchester.
In the city there are some great museums, every of which focuses on a specific area of interest. Among these, the Manchester Museum
, which hosts one of the most important collections of Egyptian art in the United Kingdom, and also numerous ancient artifacts and other collections (zoological and botanical)
Interesting is the Museum of Science and Industry
(MOSI), located in an old train station and dedicated to the relationship between the city and the development of science, industry and technology.
To be seen is the Imperial War Museum
, built in one of the areas most affected by the bombings of 1940, which now houses many war artefacts.
It should be also mentioned the Manchester Art Gallery
, located in Mosley Street, inside which you can find many works of the English school, as well as some works of the main painters of French Impressionism.
Music and events in Manchester.
Manchester has a very good relationship with the world of music, in fact over the years many famous bands emerged in this city, including The Smiths and the Oasis. The city, very lively with regard to the music and in general the nightlife, is thus often called Madchester
In the city is the Manchester Arena
, that, thanks to its 21,000 seats can accommodate great concerts and musical events.
You can easily explore Manchester city centre on foot, having the chance to visit the various attractions present here.
In terms of public transportation, the city offers many buses and trams, whose line is here calledMetrolink
. They are able to connect the centre of Manchester with its peripheral areas.
Hotels in Manchester.
There are many 3 and 4 star hotels in Manchester, some of which in the city centre. Some of these hotels propose special offers, so you can find low-price accommodation in Manchester, and visit the city thanks to some special offers.
Our top hotels in Manchester
- Hotel The Midland Manchester
- 4 stars
- MacDonald Manchester Hotel & SPA
- 4 stars
- Hotel MacDonald Townhouse Manchester
- 4 stars
- Hotel The Palace Manchester
- 4 stars
- Hotel Mercure Manchester Piccadilly
- 3 stars