Manchester Travel Guide

Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre

Introduction and Overview

The Manchester Travel Guide takes a closer look at local visitor attractions, places of interest and offers useful tourist information for visitors to Manchester. The historic city is situated in England's North West region in Lancashire, it is the third largest city in England after London and Birmingham and is known as the capital of the north.

The city of Manchester has a rich history and has been an important centre since it became the world’s first industrial city.

The winding down of heavy industry in the city meant a period of decline and challenging times for locals. However from the dour pessimistic picture has emerged a new vibrant and modern Manchester, the city has had a huge amount of regeneration and modernisation.

The city has transformed itself and this new positive vibe and outlook is very much in evidence when visiting the city.

Manchester has a reputation for being at the cutting edge when it comes to the arts and culture, like neighbouring Liverpool there has been evidence of plenty of creative talent that has been produced in the city over the years.

Manchester city centre includes the Northern Quarter, known for its quirky and alternative culture and includes a number of cafes and bars along with clothing and music stores. The area is home to a number of creative and artistic industries and maintains its trendy vibe.

The Millennium Quarter includes historic Manchester Cathedral, the Exchange Square development including the iconic Wheel of Manchester and Cathedral Gardens, an area of open space that includes walking areas and a water feature.

The historic Castlefield area is located in the south west of the city, the area is popular among visitors with a number of bars and restaurants located in the area and a number of live music events held here. The area is well known for the historic Roman Fort, canals, warehouses and bridges that are located here.

Piccadilly Gardens is very much at the heart of Manchester, the public square includes gardens, paved areas and is located next to the shopping areas.

The central location means the area is an important transport interchange for both trams and buses. The area includes a number of listed buildings and statues reflecting the historic important of the area.

Chinatown is located around the Faulkner Street area of Manchester, it is one of the largest Chinatowns in Europe and includes a range of Chinese and Oriental shops, restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets.

The Gay Village area of Manchester is located around Canal Street that includes a number of restaurants and bars catering for the gay community, the area runs alongside the Rochdale Canal and is popular with visitors especially in the summer months.

Salford is located a few miles to the west of Manchester, here visitors will find Salford Quays that is home to the Lowry Theatre, the Imperial War Museum North and a range of leisure and entertainment facilities.

Manchester is a city with a range of attractions for visitors, there is plenty to see and do, it makes for a great destination for those all over the UK given the good transport links the city has.

Easily assessable by road, rail and air via Manchester Airport, the city is a popular destination for weekend and short breaks. The city has new found confidence and there is the promise of good times ahead for the city.



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