Manchester

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In the Northwest of England lays a city full of historical and cultural significance, Manchester. The city of Manchester is know for it's past industry, sports and music. Dotted with Roman and medieval buildings and structures, and boasting important establishments and landmarks, this city has a lot to offer as the “capital of the north.” This guide will help you get Manchester fully checked off the list of places to visit.

History

Evolving from a Roman castrum, this city began urbanizing on the fast track as the 19th century rolled in. It brought in textile manufacturing which helped with the push towards the Industrial Revolution. Immigration became a big part of Manchester as well and it's consider one the most polyglot out of all the British cities. The city is a thriving and lively place now and the third largest city in England.

Transport

Bus

There is a free metro bus call the Metroshuttle FREE city bus. There are three different services hitting the main spots and wait times are all under ten minutes.

There are other private companies running city buses around Manchester that go to a variety of locations and all cost different amounts.

Rail

There are two rail stations, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly.
There is also a Metrolink Rapid Transit System. It run around the city and provides connections through the city's centre and main destinations as well.

There are of course a network of integrated roadways to drive on, as well as the third busiest airport in the UK, Manchester Airport.

Places of Interest

The Town Hall

A Neo-Gothical structure and the main symbol of the city, is Manchester Town Hall. It's located on Albert Square and is free to roam. Tours are available for this historical and even a famous place. This spot is often hosted on famous TV sets. After all, it is beautiful and the centrepiece of the city.

Castlefield, Urban Heritage Park

This Medieval and original Roman settlement is in the main centre of the city's canal, which was a historically important route. There is a wall from 16th century that is over two meters high and still standing strong. This area also gives opportunity for wildlife spotting in the middle of the city. Here you will also see the oldest railway station on earth along with charming restaurants and cafes to lounge at.

Manchester Cathedral

This cathedral might not look big but it packs a lot. Uniquely designed, intricately detailed, and remarkably close to what it looked like in the 16th century, this cathedral and it's Gothic style is certainly worth a look at. The restoration is authentic and holds many wooden finishings from the medieval times like choir stalls and pulpits.

Manchester Museum

This museum is free to enter and holds a treasure trove of history and exciting discovery. There are mummies on display, dinosaurs to learn from and even live animals. There is a natural history collection and other events, programmes and displays at various times throughout the year.

The University of Manchester

Located on Oxford Road and not too far from the Manchester Museum is The University of Manchester. Here is where some significant occurrences have taken place such as the first probed atom and first computer. Besides the epic history at this university, the architecture is a mixture of modern and sharp buildings with buildings holding true to the Gothic period. A nice stroll through here will make for a lovely afternoon.

John Ryland's Library

Not your average library, that's for sure. At this library you will get the chance to explore a Late Victorian Gothic building which just so happens to house some of the most famed writings in history and the oldest fragment of the New Testament, Shakespeare first Sonnets, Caxton's work, and more. There are plenty of rooms and floors to check out, most of which are a must. Don't move to quickly through this beautiful and spectacular place. The entrance is free and the tour will only set you back 1 pound.

Chinatown

Teleport to China in this highly dense Chinese area of Manchester. Walk the streets and hear Chinese being spoken, eat Chinese food as if you're sitting in Shanghai, and shop the markets. There are great Chinese supermarkets and items from China imported directly available here too.

The Village

Also know as the Gay Village, this is the most recognized gay community in Europe and there are some mega famed bars and clubs that call this area home. The gay crowds like to party with everyone and these places are often a place for heterosexuals to attend because of establishments fabulousness. Posh, proud and pretty is the scene here and is also a spot that hold many charities and fundraisings for the gay community.