Manchester

Introduction

England - Manchester

Canal Street (in "Gay Village")

Largely dismissed by many in the south, Manchester is becoming a vibrant and alive city with many attractions. People are very pleasant and the city itself is easy to get around with fantastic public transport including trams, buses and trains.

Town Hall

Attractions

Canals

There are many things to see and do throughout the city. The Manchester Visitor Information Center (Manchester Central Library St. Peter's Square M2 5PD) is definitely worth a visit offering accommodation services as well as a number of brochures and other information (including an absolutely essential city map). It is located in the Central Library in St. Peter's Square.

Manchester City Hall

  • Albert Square - The heart of the city, this concrete square is dominated by the Manchester City Hall.
  • The Lowry - Arts and entertainment - An interesting building near the Manchester United stadium (a short tram ride then walk from the city centre).

The Lowry

  • Manchester Art Gallery - A small but quite pleasant Art Gallery located right in the middle of town near St. Peter's square.

Manchester Cathedral from the Wheel of Manchester

Manchester Cathedral

  • Manchester Cathedral - A fantastic old cathedral with incredible medieval carved wood choir. Not as large as other cathedrals it is definitely worth a visit. Guided tours available.

  • Manchester Central Library - A short distance from Albert Square, the library building is an amazing piece of architecture. Well worth dropping in and having a poke around.

Piccadilly Gardens

  • Piccadilly Gardens - As well as being a big tram transport hub, the large open space and fountains attract many from the city on a sunny day with a large number of nearby restaurants and pubs.

Shopping

Arndale Shopping Center

A local pass-time seems to be shopping and there are certainly a lot of choices including the truly massive Manchester Arndale shopping centre located near URBIS and the cathedral. Surrounding Arndale are a number of shops including Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. New to the shopping scene is the Lowry Outlet Mall near The Lowry art complex in The Quays.

Eating Out

I have not visited many places but did manage to hit a few highlights, see here.

Curry Mile

The famous (infamous?) “curry mile” is located quite some distance to the south of the city center in Rusholme on Wilmslow Road. There are more than 50 Indian restaurants all lit up like a Manchester equivalent of the strip in Las Vegas all vying for your trade as you walk down the street offering better and better deals…Definitely a cultural experience.

Chinatown

Chinatown Gate

It is quite surprising at how large this area is and how good the quality of the food available. Located immediately adjacent to St. Peter's square (a block to the south, basically) this area can get a bit rowdy in the evening so take care.

Transport

Tram Stop

The whole of greater Manchester is served by fantastic bus and train service though the tram service provides limited but very efficient transport throughout commonly accessed areas. The core area is also served by a very frequent and free Metroshuttle bus service.

See the official Transport for Greater Manchester site for further details.

Further Information

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