Manchester is probably most famous for being the home of Manchester United and Old Trafford football ground, but you may not know it was also the site of the World's first railway station. Apart from sports enthusiasts, the city is equally popular with tourists interested in culture and industrial history or the wide variety of shops. Manchester is located in the North West of England, in the county of Greater Manchester. The name Manchester originates from the Ancient Roman name of Mamucium and inhabitants of Manchester are known as Mancunians or Mancs for short. Manchester is approximately 180 miles (290 km) north west of London and has excellent bus and train links with the capital. If you need a hotel in Manchester use the Yellow Search Box on the right to find the latest deals on Hotels in Manchester.
Manchester's bus and train stations are conveniently located in the centre of the city. Use the Travel to Manchester Menu on the left to find out the best travel deals for getting to Manchester. Manchester airport is located about 10 miles south of the city and connected by both rail and bus services. Manchester Picadilly, the main train station, is a 10 minute walk to the city centre and the bus station is 5 minutes walk from the centre. There is not a great deal of parking in the city centre , so if you are driving, it is easiest to use one of the Park and Ride facilities that are located on the major routes into Manchester.
The population of Manchester is approximately 500,000 of which around 90,000 are under-graduate and post-graduate students. With such a large population of students it is no surprise to find out that there are a great selection of places to eat and drink and accommodation to suite everyones budget. Explore the Manchester Pubs, Restaurants and Hotels Menus on the left for more details.Hotels Manchester also has a number of top end hotels including the award winning Radisson Edwardian Manchester which is renowned for its excellent service and located in a historic Edwardian building.
Manchester is also famous for being the home of the band Oasis, author Anthony Burgess, comedian Alan Carr and the UK TV series Coronation Street. Manchester University is also a big draw to the city as it has over 40,000 students studying 500 subjects and employs more than 10,000 staff, making it the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom. For tourists, the main attractions of Manchester University are the University Museum and the more famous Whitworth Art Gallery.
Outside London, Manchester is one of the most popular shopping centres in the UK and definitely the shopping capital of the North West of England. What makes it unique is the number of smaller individual shops rather than the chains that manifest in most other UK cities and towns. A good place to start any exploration is in the Lowry Centre, pictured left, located at Salford Quays. Shopaholics should also visit The Trafford Centre that has 280 shops including Selfridges of London.Explore the Manchester Attractions Menu on the left for the best things to see and do in Manchester.
Manchester has a good choice of museums and art galleries celebrating Manchester's Roman history, role in the Industrial Revolution, the textile industry and even football. A reconstruction of the original Roman city that lay the foundations of modern Manchester (known in Roman times as Mamucium) is open to the public in Castlefield. The Museum of Science and Industry has a large collection of steam trains, industrial machinery and aircraft. The Museum of Transport displays a collection of historic buses and trams and Trafford Park is home to the Imperial War Museum North and for football fans there is the Manchester United Museum in Old Trafford football stadium.
The Manchester Art Gallery houses a permanent collection of European painting, and has one of Britain's most significant collections of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. The Whitworth Art Gallery displays modern art, sculpture and textiles and the works of locally born painter L. S. Lowry, known for his paintings of industrial Manchester and Salford, can be seen in both the city and Whitworth Manchester galleries, and at the Lowry art centre in Salford Quays.