About Manchester

Manchester is a major city in the north-west of England, the UK’s second-largest urban area after London. Known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, the city has a rich heritage as a cotton textile producer, exporter and shipping centre, with early canal and rail links to other parts of the UK.

The 18th-century canal heritage can still be seen in the Castlefield conservation area interactive Museum of Science & Industry. The revitalised Salford Quays dockyards now house the Daniel Libeskind-designed Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry cultural centre.

Politics, music, arts and sport have also played a part in making Manchester the city it is today.

Things to see and do

Modern Manchester is a vibrant centre for culture, nightlife, history, festivals and fun.

View the beautiful gothic architecture at John Rylands Library and Manchester Cathedral; see fine art at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth; or discover history, old and new, at Manchester Museum and the Imperial War Museum North.

Manchester is synonymous with football – visit the grounds of Manchester United and Manchester City, and discover the social history of the game at the National Football Museum.

Or visit The Quays, Greater Manchester’s unique waterfront destination, situated just 15 minutes by tram from Manchester city centre. Here you’ll find world-class entertainment, leisure and cultural facilities including Imperial War Museum North, Lancashire County Cricket Club, The Lowry, The Lowry Outlet Mall, Ordsall Hall and a range of water-based and sporting activities.

Further afield there are beautiful walks to be had in the surrounding countryside at Hollingworth Lake, Heaton Park, Sale Water Park and Haigh Hall.

For further information

For full details and further information , see the city’s official tourism website, Visit Manchester.