Guide to Manchester
|| It used to be known
as the city with everything except good looks.
But Posh and Becks changed all that when they moved into
town and now Manchester is firmly established as one of
the most stylish cities in the UK. With its mix of fashionable
stores, hip arts centres and trendy bars, Manchester is
the place to be – that is if you don’t mind
rubbing shoulders with pop stars and famous footballers!
Since the IRA bombing in 1996, which ripped through the
city’s retail centre, a brighter and more welcoming
Manchester has emerged. And, as it constantly reinvents
itself, the city is fast becoming the perfect fusion of
all things urban – a world example of 21st century
One of most notable changes has appeared in the city’s
old medieval district, the Millennium Quarter [map],
which is now home to Triangle, a shopping centre
situated in the old Corn Exchange.
Past and present continue to collide here as the shimmering
glass shell of the new museum, Urbis [map],
reflects the image of the historic Manchester Cathedral.
The city centre is a major attraction for shopping and entertainment and
includes Chinatown – the third biggest behind
San Francisco and Vancouver – and the famous Gay
But there is more to the city centre than shops and restaurants as the dramatic landscape of the viaducts and canals in Castlefield – the UK’s first urban
heritage park clearly shows.
Away from the hub of Manchester’s centre there’s
a lot more to see.
To the north you’ll find Sportcity [map] – comprising of the City of Manchester Stadium (now home to Manchester City Football Club), the Velodrome and the Aquatics Centre – which was created
for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Situated southwest of the city centre are The Quays,
which were at the heart of the region’s 19th century
textile industry. They are now home to the glitzy Lowry
centre – a combination of designer shops, theatres,
restaurants and an art gallery.
Other neighbouring attractions include Lyme Park [map] in Stockport, were Mr Darcy’s infamous swimming
scene was filmed for the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
But no visit to Manchester would be complete without paying
a visit to Old Trafford [map] home of Manchester United Football Club, where
you can visit the museum and enjoy a tour of the stadium.
So whether you looking for culture, shopping, football
or a night on the town, Manchester has it all!