One of the UK's most exciting and rapidly evolving cities, Manchester has risen from the ashes of post-industrial decline and the IRA bomb to become a major leisure destination, as well as the much-loved home to millions of families. Redevelopment over the last couple of decades has given rise to the appearance of new attractions like The Urbis, Exchange Square – which hosts the
famous Selfridges – and The Triangle.
The city is notable for its architecture, culture, music scene, media links, scientific and engineering output and its social atmosphere.
Two universities, Curry Mile, Chinatown and the Gay Village provide the city with a vibrant
melting pot of cultures and nationalities. Tourists and students flock to the north for education,
night life and music. Manchester's hundreds of restaurants offer every choice of cuisine, but if it's not food you're interested in there are a variety of theatres, comedy clubs concerts, bars and clubs that may take your fancy.
Manchester is the shopping centre for the North West; prime locations include the pedestrianised Market Street and the Arndale Centre, one of Europe's largest shopping malls. Just outside the city centre, the Trafford Centre offers more opportunities for shopping and leisure.
Manchester is also home to two of the largest Football clubs in the world, Manchester United, and Manchester City. Manchester United holds tours around the stadium allowing fans to walk in David Beckham's footsteps. Manchester City is a very family orientated club, they hold regular events including circus and light shows and a pleasure beach fair.
Days out in Manchester send you on a journey of its heritage. Take a wander round the Town Hall with its sculptures and many features, the architecture is breathtaking. Most attractions – including the Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery and People's History Museum – are free to visit and offer great free activities for kids.
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