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7 things to do in Manchester

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Manchester is the fourth largest city in the UK after London, Birmingham and Liverpool. Its population is more than 2 million people, and its rich history goes back centuries since the Roman Empire. Manchester is also an attractive destination for tourists. The electronic edition of Wanderlust has compiled a list of 7 interesting offers for guests of the city:

We can’t talk about Manchester without mentioning its football culture. The city is home to two of the most successful football clubs on the island – Manchester United and Manchester City. Their stadiums, Old Trafford and Etihad, organize special tours for football fans. The National Football Museum in Manchester is also a must-visit destination for sports fans. It contains collections dedicated not only to local grandees, but also to the entire football culture of the island.

As for culture, you should know that Manchester was declared the cultural capital of Great Britain in 2015. The Museum of Industry and Science is dedicated to technological inventions that the city boasts – from splitting an atom to the first computer with built-in internal memory. The textile industry is an important part of the city’s history, which is also represented in the museum’s expositions. The Art Gallery and the Manchester Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology are also interesting. Manchester also has a specialized Jewish museum that tells various stories related to the city’s Jewish community.

Manchester is home to many famous historical figures. Among them is the home of the Victorian writer Elizabeth Gaskell, as well as the suffragette political activist Emeline Pankhurst. Some buildings in the city are also associated with recent celebrities. Among them is the house depicted on the cover of the Oasis album “Definitely Could Be” in 1994, as well as the apartment in which the albums Joy Division and New Order – Factory Records were released.

In Manchester, you can sit at a table with the words “Capital” by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It is located in the Cheltenham Library, the oldest in English-speaking countries. The John Rylands Library is one of the examples of European Neo-Gothic architecture, resembling a castle or cathedral. The Portico Library, opened in 1806, complements the historical trio, which houses some of the richest literary collections in the UK.

Manchester’s neighborhoods are colorful and diverse, each with its own spirit and atmosphere. For example, the famous Afflecks Shopping center is located in the northern quadrant. Manchester is also home to one of the largest neighborhoods in Europe. Most of all, it comes to life in winter, during the holidays dedicated to the Chinese Lunar New Year. Castlefield contains the remains of an ancient Roman fort. The Lowry Arts Center brings together all kinds of stage events – from opera to comedy.

No matter where you are in Manchester, you will never go hungry. Mackie Mayor in the North Quadrant is a favorite place for artists who like to show their food on Instagram. The GRUB Beer and Street Food Festival is held every week from Wednesday to Sunday, and in the medieval quarter in an Edwardian building there are 12 gourmet restaurants under one roof. To the south of the city, an interesting place for culinary visits is Launderette with its “cocktails and carbohydrates”.

It is hardly possible to visit Manchester without tasting the local beer. The city boasts a rich history in the field of brewing.
In the restaurants of the city you can order all kinds of amber drinks – from traditional British ale to modern craft beer.

Sightseeing tours in Manchester with local guides are found here