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Sometimes called the capital of the north or England's 'second city', Manchester is known for its prestigious sporting connections, outstanding museums and galleries, excellent shopping and entertainment and friendly locals. Historic landmarks like Manchester Cathedral are complemented by contemporary attractions like the award-winning Imperial War Museum North building at the Quays. The city's incredible diversity is a huge part of its immeasurable charm and Chinatown, Canal Street and Curry Mile are well worth exploring. Those famous football teams are a big attraction and fans travel to Manchester from around the world to see them play.
Quick Guide to Manchester
|Must Know||Manchester is one of the more popular cities in the country and has officially gained the title of the second city of the UK.|
|Must See||John Rylands Library, which opened in 1900, is a stunning Gothic style building and one of the most impressive places in the city.|
|Must Do||Known for its music scene, there are always live shows going on somewhere in Manchester.|
|Did You Know||There are more than 70 restaurants on Manchester's famous ‘Curry Mile’|
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How to Get to Manchester
It's easy to travel to Manchester from almost anywhere in the world and flights, bus and train services are all readily available.
Flights to Manchester
International flights land in Manchester Airport from almost anywhere. Manchester Airport is the second largest in the UK and is served by over 100 airlines. Notable carriers include British Airways, Lufthansa, Etihad, Cathay Pacific and United. The Skylink walkway connects the terminals to the airport's station where trains run to the city center every 10 minutes. Stagecoach and National Express coaches also serve the airport and taxis are available outside the terminal buildings.
Trains to Manchester
There are trains to Manchester Picadilly station from most UK cities. Service providers include Virgin, CrossCountry, Northern and Trans-Pennine Express. Trains from Yorkshire, Lancashire, Liverpool and Cheshire travel to Manchester regularly and terminate at Victoria Station. Both stations are in the city center close to excellent public transport links.
Buses to Manchester
National Express offer daily buses to Manchester's Chorlton Street Coach Station from all over the UK while Megabus runs regular buses to Shudehill Interchange north of the city center. Both stations have good bus and metro links.
Traveling around Manchester
Manchester's public transport system is extremely expansive and covers the entirety of Greater Manchester. The system encompasses tram, trains and buses and tickets are usually purchased immediately prior to travel. On buses you buy the ticket from the driver upon entering the bus; tram tickets can be purchased via self-service ticket machines on the platform and train tickets from self-service ticket machines or at a kiosk at the station.
Cycling is popular during the summer months in Manchester and there are numerous bike rental shops located around the city. There are fairly extensive cycle paths in Manchester; however, they can often be slightly unreliable- cutting off at random points.
The central shopping districts in Manchester are predominantly pedestrianized and pavements can be found almost everywhere. It is easy to see the main sites of the city by foot.
Top Experiences in Manchester
In Manchester you can find the second largest Chinatown of the UK, located in the city center close to Princess Street and Mosly Street. It's a great place if you're looking for some Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Nepali or Malaysian restaurants, shops, bakeries or supermarkets, or if you just want to walk around and enjoy the vibe.
John Rylands Library
This beautiful late-Victorian neo-Gothic building opened up to public in 1900 and is one of the highlights of the city. The John Ryands Library is home to one of the most unique collections of books and rare manuscripts and they often have some interesting exhibitions as well.
The Manchester Town Hall on Albert Square is one of the most iconic landmarks of the city, located near the Central Library and the Town Hall Extension. Visitors can go on the Clock Tower tour, where you can climb the spiral staircase of Manchester and see the iconic clock of Manchester.