Why Come to Manchester?

Manchester is Britain's 2nd largest city and one of the most interesting in Europe.
It was the cradle of the industrial revolution and is the birthplace of many famous scientists and artists. Today with a number of major universities and many polytechnics and colleges of further education, Manchester is the largest educational centre outside London and one of the largest in Europe.

There is something in Manchester for everyone. Many museums and art galleries exhibit works by the Old Masters, Pre Raphaelites, Impressionists and modern artists including the city's own L.S. Lowry. There are also extensive collections of costumes, furniture and sculpture. Manchester Museum of Science and Industry has the largest collection of stationary engines in the world. Liverpool Road Station is the world's first passenger railway station. You can also visit the Air and Space Museum, the Manchester Roman Fort, The Manchester Craft Village and no fewer than 96 parks and gardens. Manchester Cathedral and Manchester Town Hall are amongst the city's many interesting and illustrious buildings.

Manchester because of its central location, is an ideal base from which to explore the whole of the country. The Roman cities of Chester, York and Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace) the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District, the city of London, Blackpool with it's famous illuminations, fairgrounds, beaches and amusement arcade, Scotland with its beautiful lochs and mountains are all within easy reach of Manchester. Manchester is closely linked to the whole of the country through a network of motorways and railway lines. All major destinations in the world are directly accessible through Manchester International Airport. There are also flights to and from Heathrow Airport (London) almost every 30 minutes and there is a frequent train service to and from Euston Station (London).

For the shopper Manchester is a paradise. It houses the largest shopping arcade in Europe together with hundreds of other shops and stores from the modest to the most exclusive. There are also numerous markets for the bargain hunters. They all offer excellent value for money. The prices generally are considerably less than in London and other southern cities.

For entertainment also Manchester is hard to beat. There are many famous theatres featuring top stage plays with world famous actors and actresses. Amongst these are the Palace Theatre, the futuristic Royal Exchange Theatre, the Opera House, the Library Theatre, the Contact Theatre and many others. There are regular classical concerts at the famous Bridgewater Hall, home of the celebrated Halle Orchestra and at the Northern College of Music. On the other hand the MEN Arena & the Apollo Theatre are the major venues for world famous pop stars, singers & artists of every nationality. There are also a large number of cinemas showing the latest releases from the movie world.

Eating out is what Manchester is renowned for. The City boasts a comprehensive & varied international cuisine of the highest calibre including Armenian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Greek, Indian, Iranian, Italian, British (of course), and many many more. From fast food to gourmet cooking you will find something to suit every taste and every pocket. The City also offers an exciting and varied nightlife. In Manchester you will find some of the best traditional public houses (Pubs) and wine bars with a long history and many sophisticated and ultra modern piano bars, night clubs and discotheques.

Manchester offers value for money. The vast majority of activities on offer in London are available in Manchester at much less expense. You will see that this applies to almost everything from your tuition fees, transportation costs and family accommodation to the price of goods in the shops and the cost of leisure activities such as concerts, cinemas, theatres and sports facilities.

For those of you who like sports, there are few places that can match what Manchester offers. Spectator sports are a big attraction! Association football at its best can be seen at the world famous Manchester United and Manchester City Football Clubs. Cricket fans can enjoy world class cricket at Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford. There are also speedway, stock car, go cart and motor racing. For those who enjoy participating in sports the choice is extensive:- skiing, water skiing, tennis, table tennis, football, swimming, wind-surfing, golf, snooker, pool, and many more.

So what ever your taste or interest you should be able to enjoy your stay in Manchester...


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