Manchester Travel Guide

The following short travel guide of Manchester got me to the final stages of a job interview so I thought I’d share it. It’s an example of how I can make something extremely average sound much better than it is – Manchester!

Manchester – Moving on from the Mills

Manchester is the old mill town that’s thrown off an industrial image to become England’s second most visited city.  Come to visit Manchester and you’ll be charmed by a city famous for its music, football and world class venues as well as a lively nightlife, spicy culinary specialities and endless shopping opportunities.

A little bit of history

Manchester started as the Roman fort of Mamucium but really came to prominence in the nineteenth century as an industrial powerhouse spinning the world’s wool. This new-found wealth enabled the city to adorn its streets with the grand Victorian architecture that still sets the tone for the city’s streets.

Nowadays, Manchester is better known for its reputation as a football powerhouse, cultural hotbed and musical innovator.  Alex Ferguson, Oasis and the ‘Madchester’ scene have become synonymous the world over with the exciting Manchester of the Nineties which continues into the present day.

Fun Fact #1

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, responsible for “The Communist Manifesto”, frequently visited Manchester which helped them form the building blocks of their Communist ideology. Find out more with a New Manchester Marx and Engels walk on selected days.

Things to do in Manchester

Old Trafford tour – A trip to the home of the all-conquering Manchester United Football Club is a fans’ ultimate pilgrimage.  Book a guided tour and explore behind the scenes of ‘The Theatre of Dreams’.

The Trafford Centre – This shopping Mecca boasts an abundance of shops from classy boutiques to almost every High Street brand.

Concerts and comedy – With popular venues like the Etihad Stadium and MEN Arena, Mancunians are spoilt for choice when it comes to live gigs and comedy acts.

The Lowry – Delve into Manchester’s burgeoning cultural scene with a visit The Lowry. This interesting gallery boasts a fine collection of L.S Lowry’s distinctive paintings depicting industrial life in the area.

Coronation Street – From April to October 2014 is your last chance to visit the set of Coronation Street, the world’s longest running soap opera. This famous cobbled street is loved from Australia to Canada and beyond and is an unforgettable day out for any fans of the show.

Fun Fact #2

The city is widely thought of as one of the UK’s wettest spots but this is slightly unfair as it receives less rainfall than the UK’s average.

Eating Out

The Curry Mile – Never heard of it? Well, it is a colourful and aromatic 800 metre stretch of road filled with Indian restaurants offering Britain’s newest national dish to connoisseurs and late night revellers alike.  Ask any local and they will recommend their favourite!

The French – For a more sophisticated experience why not try the cuisine of award-winning chef Simon Rogan at The French fine-dining restaurant in The Midland Hotel.

Fun Fact #3

Manchester is one of the world’s leading gay-friendly cities. The Gay Village – centred around Canal Street – is a thriving LGBT community with an abundance of lively and welcoming bars and restaurants.

Getting around

Most of the major sights and attractions can be reached on foot in twenty minutes and along the way you can peruse the city’s striking Victorian architecture. Alternatively, if you are constrained by time (or it’s raining!) there are the frequent and free Metro Shuttle bus services that run all over the city and trams that are of the last surviving urban tramway networks in England. This fairly compact city centre is easily navigated by bus, tram and foot.  The city is also served by a major airport, Manchester Airport, and is well connected to its neighbouring cities Liverpool and Leeds by train and bus.

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