Manchester Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 76%History Buffs
- 76%Art & Design Lovers
- 73%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 73%Budget Travelers
- 73%Business Travelers
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- ManchesterMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Jun 10, 2014
Manchester is one of the UK's oldest cities, dating back to 79 AD, when the Romans built a fort here. When you visit Manchester's Old Town Hall, there is a sculpture of the Roman General who founded Manchester, General Agricola, hanging over top of the Hall's front entrance. This majestic building was opened in 1877. Once you've completed your visit inside the Old Town Hall, make sure you visit the John Ryland Library, a block away from the Old Town Hall. The Ryland Library is considered to be one of the most beautiful building in all of Manchester. A vist to the Manchester Cathedral (sacked by Oliver Cromwell and his Roundheads during the English Civil War of the mid-17th century) is a must, along with the docks at Salford Quays.Recommended for:
- ManchesterMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jan 15, 2014
The city of the north. Birthplace of the industrial revolution and home to amazing football, among other things. The city centre has undergone gentrification in recent years so ignore the horror stories.Recommended for:
- ManchesterMember ofLGBTFirst to ReviewMay 10, 2013
Talk about exuberant! Mancunians (yep, that's what they are called here) are joined by LGBT revelers from throughout England and Northern Europe for 10 days of nonstop drinking and partying. It's a drinking city. (August 23-26; info: http://www.manchesterpride.com/
Insider tip: don't miss the George House Trust Candlelit Vigil, the most moving and poignant event in the 10-day celebration. http://www.manchesterpride.com/whatson/vigil
Recommended venue: Visit the statue to Alan Turing, the father of computing who was also a persecuted gay man. http://www.visitmanchester.com/discover/lgbt.aspx#/articles/lgbt/alan-turing.aspx
- ManchesterMar 27, 2013
Ok, conflict of interest. I was born in Manchester and have lived here for most of my life. Now I'm going to tell you how great it is. Music, football, friendly people, the start of the industrial revolution, culture, arts. Manchester has it all. It's not an obvious tourist city like London, with all the sights that you have to tick off. But there are great museums, art galleries, theatres. Fantastic nightlife and really easy access to the countryside, as it's not that big. You can easily walk around the city centre, and transport links to the suburbs are good, so you don't necessarily need to stay in the city centre.
- ManchesterJan 23, 2013
It's my home town, so I may well be slightly biased but Manchester is a fantastic city. It has everything London has in terms of culture, diversity, history and grandeur, but is more friendly. Museums, bars, top restaurants, sporting venues (the best in the country - Old Trafford, the Velodrome and more) and a lot more.
It's also handily placed to use as a base for visiting the rest of the UK if you're on a holiday over here, much better than London for location and better than Birmingham as a city as a whole. I love it.
- ManchesterCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Aug 14, 2012
Manchester is a nice small city, old but also very modernized. Walking around city center, you see new glass buildings peaking out from the older and low traditional monuments. The city has a good mix of history, culture, people, restaurants, food, and things to see and do.
- ManchesterMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Aug 02, 2012
You know those British period dramas on public television? I always liked the ones set in the English countryside, with rolling hills and Devonshire cream and stone cottages on windswept moors. I never expected to like the dreary north of England.
Except that I did. I'll still take Cornwall over Manchester any day, but I liked the vibrancy of a city going through so much renewal. For such an old city, so much is new in Manchester that it feels like a young city. It is demographically young; with so many universities, Manchester is filled with bars, nightclubs and 20-somethings. But the history and culture here is surprising: great museums, fascinating architecture, and a beautiful canal district (who knew?).
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