Manchester is one of the most important cities in England. It’s known as the most gay-friendly city in Europe and is home to incredible architecture and vibrant nightlife.
Manchester is located in the North Western part of England and is considered “The Capital of the North”. It’s the centre of the wider Greater Manchester Urban Area, UK’s third largest conurbation. It’s also the third most visited city in the UK.
How to get to Manchester
Manchester International Airport is the second largest airport in England outside of the capital. Carriers from all over the world fly here. There are flights from most of the major European cities, as well as from Asia, North and South America and Africa.
There are two major railway stations serving the city: Victoria and Piccadilly. These link the city to the rest of the UK. If you arrive from London you’ll get off at Piccadilly. The journey takes about 2 hours and 15 min.
The outer ring road of Manchester is M60. If you come from Liverpool or Leeds, you need to take M62, while if you come from the South or Scotland you need to take M6.
There are several coach (bus) companies which link Manchester to the rest of the country. It’s, by far, the cheapest way to get to the city from anywhere in UK.
Climate and Temperatures
Manchester has a temperate maritime climate, with rather cool summers and mild winters. It rains just as much as in the entire country but the humidity is relatively higher compared to the rest of the big cities in England. Snowfall is not common in the city but it snows in the hills surrounding the city and some of the roads to the city might get closed during heavy snowfall. The coldest month is January and the hottest is July.
Jan avg high 6.4 C/ 43.5 F ; avg low 1.3 C/ 34.3 F
Jul avg high 19.6 C / 67.3 F ; avg low 12 C/ 53.6 F
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Things to do
Manchester is home to a variety of architectural styles. The old Victorian style blends in with the contemporary architecture, offering the visitors a lot of places to enjoy.
Castlefield is the site of the old Roman settlement Mamucium. It’s been designated Britain’s first Urban Heritage Site. The Museum of Science and Industry contains Liverpool Road station which is the first passenger railway station in the world. The area is also known for several pubs and is the only place in the city to see wildlife.
The University of Manchester is not only a beautiful building, but also the place where incredible science discoveries have been taking place over the years. The first computer was built here.
Manchester Cathedral and St Mary’s The Hidden Gem are two of the most important cathedrals in the city.
Manchester Town Hall is a fine example of new-Gothic architecture. The state rooms can be visited for free.
John Rylands Library contains the ‘Manchester Fragment’ the earliest known fragment of the New Testament, which dates from the first part of the 2nd Century.
Manchester’s take on London’s Eye is the Manchester Wheel (see photo right), located in Exchange Square. It’s a nice way to see the city from…high above.
Chinatown is set around George Street and Faulkner Street and has been a feature of the city since the 1970s. Yes, you will find people speaking Chinese and most of the signs are both in English and Chinese. It’s the place to go if you want to enjoy some authentic Asian cuisine.
The Village is an area around Canal Street. It’s very popular among people of all sexualities. It is home to an annual Mardi Gras and Pride Festival. Here you’ll find some of the most famous bars and clubs in the city.