Claims to Fame:
The first modern city: In the 18th century Manchester was the cotton making capital of the world. The city was one of the breeding grounds of the industrial revolution and its entrepreneurs and industrial tycoons endowed it with museums, galleries, theatres and libraries as well as outstanding civic architecture. A devastating IRA bomb in 1996 created the need for city center regeneration resulting in a new, dramatic 21st century cityscape.
Music central: Manchester is an innovative music city producing leading indie, pop, folk, punk, rock and dance groups. An exciting place to make and hear music.
Frequent trains between Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly station in the heart of the city take less than 20 minutes and cost less than £3.
Principal Train Stations:
- Trams:Metrolink operates trams throughout the city center, connecting the main train stations and most visitor attractions.
- Free Shuttle:The Metroshuttle is a free city center bus service with three, color-coded circular routes that connect the main train stations and car parks as well as many bus and tram stops. The orange route runs every five minutes while the green and purple routes run ever 10 minutes.
- Buses: GMPTE operate buses in throughout Greater Manchester.
- Taxi companies
Bands that began in Manchester:
- Elkie Brooks
- Take That
- Freddie and the Dreamers
- Hermans Hermits
- Happy Mondays
- The Hollies
- Badly Drawn Boy
- The Buzzcocks
- The Charlatans
- Sad Café
- Simply Red
- The Smiths
- The Stone Roses
A Great Night Out in Manchester:
Five More Cool Things to Do:
- Watch and buy at the Manchester Craft and Design Centrea tempting combination of artists studios and retail shops.
- Give power to the people at the People's History Museum, the only museum devoted to the history of working people.
- Get interactive at Urbis, a unique exhibition about city life in one of Manchester's stunning new glass buildings.
- Admire international architect Daniel Libeskind's new Imperial War Museum of the North, another masterpiece from the chief designer of the new World Trade Center in New York.
- Chill out with classical music. Take in a performance of Manchester's renowned Hallé Orchestra at its modern glass lantern of a venue, the Bridgewater Hall.
Don't Forget Retail TherapyTry the new Trafford Centre about five miles from the city centre. It numbers the first Selfridges outside of London among its 230 shops. Bring good walking shoes -- there are three miles of marble and granite boulevards full of shops.
And if you're heading for Manchester in the winter, check out the great, city center Manchester Christmas Markets. There are five of them and they go on for nearly a month.