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From gritty industrial realism to cool, urban chic, Manchester has had a drastic makeover since the heady, revolutionary days of its 18th century cloth trade. Unofficially known as ‘the Capital of the North’ Manchester boasts not only great historic achievements but contemporary, modern contributions to the world of music and sport.

Nestled between Liverpool and Leeds, this active, dynamic city draws visitors to its many attractions. Sports fans flock to watch Manchester City or Manchester United battle it out on the football field, while George Street and Faulkner Street’s famous Chinatown pulls in the crowds hungry for Asian delights, sights and sounds. The Curry Mile provides an authentic Indian eating experience in heart of the UK with its 800 meter long stretch of restaurants before the colourful, late night culture of Canal Street keeps clubbers up until dawn.

Historic Manchester boasts some beautiful sights for those seeking more sedate pursuits. The impressive two meter high walls of Castlefield stand as a commanding reminder of former Roman settlement, while the stunning neo-gothic beauty of the Cathedral and the Town Hall are more than worth a peek. Museums and galleries from the Lowry, the Whitworth, the Jewish Museum and the Cornerhouse Art House Cinema are testament to Manchester’s artistic flair. For those with a passion for shopping, Manchester cannot be beaten. Home to the famous Arndale Centre with its 280 stores, it the largest city centre shopping centre in Europe!

Fly In

Visitors can fly into Manchester Airport. Just 8.6 miles from the city centre it is the city’s closest and busiest airport. Alternatively, John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, which is served by budget airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet, offer a coach service to and from John Lennon Airport to Manchester, taking just 45 minutes, making it easily accessible. It is also possible to take a train from Liverpool Parkway to Manchester Oxford Road. Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds and Doncaster airports are alternative airports.

What you need to know

Currency: The British Pound Sterling (GBP) £

Visas: No visa is required by British or EU citizens to enter Manchester. Any non-British citizens may require permission to enter the UK. This primarily applies to Commonwealth citizens, visa nationals,

those that are stateless, hold a non-national travel document or a passport issued by an authority unrecognised in the UK. Please check with your local embassy or the Foreign Office website for more information.

Laws: The legal age for consuming alcohol in the UK is 18. Those aged 16-17 may drink alcohol if accompanied by an adult and only on licensed premises. Using a mobile phone while driving will incur a fixed penalty notice, 3 penalty points and a fine of £100. A smoking ban is in place in all public places.

Best times to Visit

There is so much to do in Manchester that it makes a perfect weekend city break any time of the year. From flower markets and arts and crafts to the hip Northern Quarter with its Soho style bars and boutiques, there’s never a dull moment in Manchester. The city’s lush green parks and outdoor pub culture are best enjoyed during the spring or summer months while the Pride Festival draws thousands to its streets every August. September boasts the culinary spectacle that is the Manchester Food and Drink Festival; one of the biggest food and drink festivals in Europe. For cosy nights in comedy clubs and basement bars, or a spot of frantic Christmas shopping, winter sees the traditional Christmas markets come to town.  

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