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Steeped in history and cosmopolitan in choice
Manchester is a city with a rich industrial and architectural heritage, but it is the city’s new found confidence which makes it such a lively and cosmopolitan place to visit. New and innovative multi-million pound developments have transformed vast areas of the city, and its historic landmarks have been lovingly preserved and improved to take on a new status in this confident, modern city, offering visitors an enviable mix of multi-cultural and diverse attractions, theatres, high quality shopping, pavement cafes, canal side bars and restaurants.
Travel back in time at the many award winning museums, including the Museum of Science and Industry with its 15 galleries on themes including air and space, electricity, textiles, as well as Manchester’s history. The Manchester Museum is known for its Egyptian mummies and its archery collection, and the Whitworth Art Gallery has an excellent collection of British watercolours, prints and contemporary art. Football enthusiasts will certainly not want to miss the Manchester United Museum and ‘Theatre of Dreams’ at Old Trafford.
The city’s legacy of handsome Victorian buildings is much in evidence, and in Albert Square, the 19th century triangular town hall stands proud with its 280ft clock tower. Another fine 19th century edifice, the Free Trade Hall is the home of Manchester’s famous Halle Orchestra.
The city is a shopper’s paradise offering an unlimited and exceptional level of retail therapy like no other city. The main shopping areas are found around Market Street and the Arndale Centre, or you can shop ‘til you drop at regional centres, such as the stunning neo-classical Trafford Centre. And after an exhaustive day’s shopping, the host of pavement cafes and restaurants flying flags from around the world will satisfy palates with a great choice of fine cuisine.
Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city is easy too. In Salford, set along Manchester’s historic ship canal, is the Lowry Centre at Salford Quays, with its theatres and galleries, allowing visitors to enter the world of the city’s most famous artist – L.S. Lowry. To the east of the city, visitors will find glorious countryside comprising of Pennine moorland, upland reservoirs, river valleys and country parks.