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Discover Manchester
A football capital of England

The motherland of Oasis music band, vegetarianism, and a steam engine

City districts

Manchester is divided into 9 districts: City Center, Cheetham Hill, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Burnage, Didsbury, Withington, Blackley, Wythenshawe, Ringway. Surely, City Center is the most saturated with sights, establishments, and district hotels. There is the Museum of Transport in Cheetham Hill, and all tourists, who travel by air, start their acquaintance with the city from Ringway district. Didsbury district stands out for its environmental friendliness. Here you will find Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden and Didsbury Park with sport and playing areas.

Map Manchester

Population

Most of the population (66.7%) are Europeans ㅡ the British and the Irish. On the second place are Asians (17.1%) ㅡ Pakistanis, Indians, Chinese, and others. In the third place are Africans (8.6%). There are also the Arabs, Bangladeshi, and the Gypsies in Manchester. Among religions, the most popular is Christianity (48.7%), whereas 25.3% of Manchester citizens consider themselves as atheists. 15.8% of the population are Muslims.

A brief history

The first reference to the city is found in the chronicles of the 10th century. The town was built at the place of Mamucium settlement. In the Middle Ages, the main holding for citizens was trading and workmanship. Everything changed with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. In 1769 Richard Arkwright invented a water frame, and in 20 years, he retooled these devices into steam engines. Because of that, in the 19th century, Manchester became a leader in the global textile industry.

In 1940 during World War Two, Manchester suffered from bombing by the Luftwaffe, which was also targeted against non-military places (this is how the Manchester Cathedral was damaged), and industrial factories working for military needs. The biggest air raid took place during the “Christmas Blitz” on the nights of 22-24 December 1940.

It took a long time to restore the city after war consequences, up to 1960, but it was no longer able to reach its former industrial level. In 1963 the UK’s third-largest port was opened in Manchester, but in 1982 it was closed due to unprofitability. From 1961 till 1983, the population lost 150 thousand of working places in the industrial field.

In 1996 Manchester city center suffered from bombing again, this time carried by IRA. It was the impetus for the major reconstruction of the Manchester city center. That’s how large shopping centers, loft apartments, and the highest skyscrapers in Britain appeared, which overtook only London buildings.

Trip budget

Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:

Hotels
booking

Apartment
rental

Taxi
fare

Gasoline

Average bill
in restaurant

from 66 €/nightfrom 120 €/nightStart - 3.51 €, 1km - 1.76 €1.49 €/liter58 € for 2 person

Best time to visit Manchester

The period from May till July is the most comfortable in Manchester. It has minimum precipitation and the pleasant temperatures from +10 °С to +15 °С. You’d better plan your trip so that you can go to Manchester United or Manchester City match, tickets for which are best to be purchased online in advance.

Useful notes

There is a Tourist Information Center behind the City Hall, where you can get a free town map, City Guide, and various brochures. Here you can also buy bus tickets on National Express, and book city tours. You will get some help with booking accommodation and learn about discounts and special offers at establishments.

Free busses run daily in Manchester city center, and you can get to suburbs on the Metrolink. Trams run with 5-15-minute frequency, and you can purchase a ticket at Metrolink Ticket Vending Machines at the stops.

Visiting sights (museums, City Hall, and Cathedrals) is free. The exceptions could be for individual presentations and exhibits.

Things to do in Manchester

  • Peep into Chinatown surrounded by Princess Street and Mosley Street to taste traditional dim sum, purchase the Maneki-neko figurine for good luck, and take a picture against traditional gates background.
  • Take a look at Gay Village, not far from Chinatown, inhabited by the LGBTQ+ community. Feel free to visit numerous bars, pubs, and restaurants. You will be full of vivid impressions for sure.
  • Try a traditional ale and Fish and Chips in one of the oldest pubs (Peveril of the Peak, The Ox) in the evening.
  • Learn all about the English humor in the stand-up club The Comedy Store, where local comedians perform every night.
  • Take part in the competition for eating traditional pies with meat and potatoes. For more than 20 years, this unusual competition is held annually at Harry’s bar.
  • Upgrade your style with vintage clothes sold in the Northern Quarter. Here you can find clothes, shoes, accessories and household goods.
  • Have a glance at Manchester Victoria station, inside of which preserved ticket booths in art-deco style and a map of Lancashire and Yorkshire railway of 1920.

Hotels in Manchester

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