Manchester is considered England's industrial capital. To not leave with the false impression that the city is gray, dull and stiff, help comes from the intriguing statistics showing that on Friday and Saturday the city center takes 10, 000 more tourists than usual, especially at late hours. Manchester is located in western England, the administrative center of large metropolitan Manchester area. In the city they live around 650 000 people and the number of residents throughout the metropolitan reaches 2 million people. Manchester is the fourth largest city in England after London, Birmingham and Liverpool. The river Irwell crosses Manchester, as does the canal Liverpool- Leeds, which favorably affects the economy of the city.
Manchester can be reached with a direct flight. Manchester Airport is considered one of the busiest in Britain. The airport is located 17 km from Manchester town, you can find it mostly in the area code MAN. Manchester Airport has three terminals and it is good to make sure you know where to check- in. From the airport to the city transport is non-stop every 10 minutes. By train, you reach downtown in less than half an hour. The bus travels around quite a bit longer, but in contrast, is cheaper.
The history of Manchester began far back in time when the Romans formed colonies in the region in 79, when Julius Agricola Gney based a fortification here, called Mamutsium. One of the first written documents mentioning the village Manchester dates from 1282 and testifies that the town has a market. In the 14th century, near Manchester settled quite a few Flemings, who traded wool for their livelihood and formed an image of Manchester as a small trading settlement.
Manchester reached its zenith in the 18th century and especially during the 19th century, when the area was rapidly developing a textile industry. During this period, along with hundreds of industrial enterprises, in the city center were built magnificent public and commercial buildings that let the city compete with London. The impressive City Hall was built in 19th century in the Neo- Gothic style.
As in central London, one of the top locations in Manchester is Piccadilly, however, here this indicates a square and a small park. Piccadilly is the most beloved meeting place in town. In Manchester you should visit the old industrial district, where you can best feel the history of the city. Here you can see the Museum of art that makes you look twice at many of the obscure inventions that are exposed. Quite attractive for a visit is the Museum of War, in which every 20 minutes a multimedia recreation of World War II takes place. To spice- up your tour to Manchester, you can add a visit to Chinatown, where we'll encounter a Buddhist temple.
It should be noted that the night life in Manchester is not to be missed. This is largely due to the local music scene, which goes back to the 80s with bands like the Stone Roses and the Charlatans. In the 90s comes time for DJ parties that actually continue to this day. There are numerous cult pubs in Manchester where you can explore the intricacies of the three types of beer - ale, bitter and stout.