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To visit Manchester and do it justice takes some days; a former industrial city, now a thriving area with an exciting air about it. A multitude of places chronicle the city’s past, including the cathedral, the Town Hall, and the John Rylands Library, all of which welcome visitors. Chetham’s Library also houses a wonderful collection of rare books. The Museum of Science and History incorporates an old railway station, and the Imperial War Museum North commemorates war on the home front and the battlefield. Another notable collection is the Jewish Museum, and a proliferation of other galleries and museums await the tourist with an enquiring mind. Various areas of Manchester are associated with different groups in society; The Village, around Canal Street, is the gay centre of the city – converted cotton warehouses now reverburate with music as they form the centre of the Manchester clubbing scene, while Chinatown centres around George Street and contains many restaurants and shops, now patronised by the English community as much as the Chinese. The Curry Mile is self-explanatory, heaven for fans of this kind of food. Festivals bring the city to life even more – examples include comedy, jazz, Gay Pride and the Irish Festival.

 

 

Manchester is often cited as being the UK's second city, and in recent years much has been accomplished to make this major urban area a great destination for visitors. Music forms the underlying theme of modern, trendy Manchester, with a great selection of top rate nightclubs and live music venues for the more energetic visitor to enjoy. For something a little more cultural Manchester offers a taste for the arts in the form of its excellent art galleries and several well recommended theatres. Manchester exhibits an intriguing cityscape, a combination of old and new, with recently constructed buildings in modern style sitting alongside carefully restored industrial buildings from a past era.

Manchester is located in northern England between the cities of Liverpool and Leeds. Settled by the Romans in A.D. 79, Manchester experienced a boom in the 18 th century and served as a center for shipping and industry. It is often regarded as England's "second city," next to London. Today, Manchester has built a strong identity as a center for history, culture, and sports.

A good starting place for a trip to Manchester is the Manchester Wheel. Although it may not be quite as grand as the famous London Eye, the Manchester Wheel is still an impressive structure that offers stunning views of the city.

Manchester is home a number of museums dedicated to its industrial past, including the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Other museums and galleries include the Imperial War Museum North, the Gallery of English Costume, the Manchester Jewish Museum, and the Whitworth Art Gallery.

 

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Manchester, like London, is a melting pot of cultures, and a number of ethnic restaurants are available within the city. Indian food is by far the most popular cuisine, and there is no shortage of curry restaurants to choose from. The Curry Mile is a mile-long stretch of road lined with curry restaurants and shops selling saris and Indian jewelry. Manchester even has its own Chinatown, full of Chinese restaurants and specialty shops.

Manchester hosts a number of unique markets and festivals. The city is particularly abuzz at Christmastime, when its Christmas markets attract large crowds with a wide variety of British and continental Christmas food and crafts. Other festivals include the Manchester International Film Festival; the Manchester Comedy Festival; the Manchester Jazz Festival; the Manchester Irish Festival; and Gaypride, which reflects the city's liberal scene.

Most of Manchester's main tourist attractions are within easy walking distance of each other, but the city also has a system of buses, trams, trains, and taxis.

 
 
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