Manchester is a City in the North West of England, UK. The City has a population of 2.5 million people, the United Kingdom's third largest conurbation. Manchester is a fantastic place to live and visit and hopefully this page will give you a flavour of the City and inspire you to visit!
Manchester is home to many sporting venues and clubs and is most famously known for its two UK Premier League football clubs.
Manchester United FC (also known as the red devils) are arguably the most popular football club in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. The club play at the Old Trafford stadium just outside the city in the borough of Trafford.
Manchester City FC (also known as the Citizens or the Blues) play at the City of Manchester Stadium in East Manchester. The ground has a capacity of 48000 and staged the commonwealth Games in 2002. The club have always been a force in UK football but unfotunately have not won a major honour since 1976.
Manchester boasts a number of areas that are frequented by late night revellers such as Castlefield, Deansgate Locks, the Printworks the Northern Quarter and the famous Canal Street, the centre of the city's gay community.
Music and Theatre
Manchester is home to two symphony orchestras, the Hallé Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. There is also a chamber orchestra, the Manchester Camerata. The main classical venue is the 2,500 seat Bridgewater Hall.
Manchester’s main pop music venue is the Manchester Evening News Arena, situated next to Victoria station. It seats over 21,000, is the largest arena of its type in Europe, and has been voted International Venue of the Year. Other major venues include the Manchester Apollo and the Manchester Academy. Smaller venues throughout the city are the Bierkeller, the Roadhouse, and Night and Day Cafe.
Bands that have emerged from the Manchester music scene include The Smiths, the Buzzcocks, The Fall, Joy Division and its successor group New Order, Oasis and Doves. Manchester was credited as the main regional driving force behind indie bands of the 1980s including Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, Inspiral Carpets, James, and The Stone Roses. These groups came from what became known as the "Madchester" scene that also centred around the legendary club Fac 51 Haçienda (also known as simply The Haçienda) developed by founder of factory records Anthony Wilson. Subsequently The Chemical Brothers, although from southern England, formed in Manchester. Ex-Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown and ex-Smiths Morrissey continue successful solo careers. Other Greater Manchester natives include Richard Ashcroft and Jay Kay of Jamiroquai.
Larger venues include the Manchester Opera House, featuring large scale touring shows and West End shows, the Palace Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester’s former cotton exchange, and the Lowry Centre, a touring venue in Salford. Smaller sites include the Library Theatre, a producing theatre in the basement of the central library, the Green Room, the Contact Theatre, and Studio Salford. The Dancehouse is dedicated to dance productions.
Manchester is regarded by most people as the second city of the United Kingdom. A 2007 poll by the BBC placed it ahead of Birmingham and Liverpool in the category of second city and whilst Manchester is not the second largest city in size or population it is argued that cultural and historical criteria are more important and so therefore it wins!
Flying to and from Manchester
Flights to Manchester are operated by many major airlines these days since Manchester Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the UK after the London main airports. In 2006 it handled 22.12 million passengers! It is use by many major airlines including Air France, British Airways, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, KLM, Aingapore Airlines, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic and many other budget and long haul carriers.
Hotels and Accommodation in Manchester
Manchester has a variety of hotels and accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. The fabulous Midland Hotel in the centre of town most is famous for being the meeting place of Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce leading to the formation of Rolls-Royce Limited in 1906. Or for a more modern feel and great views why not try the new Hilton hotel in the 49-story Beetham tower, Manchester's tallest building!
Come to Manchester!