WHY MANCHESTER?

Manchester is an important city in the north west of England.

We are home to 3 fantastic Universities, 2 internationally famous football teams, numerous important scientists and musicians, and the first working computer!

The city has everything you need, but is smaller and cheaper than London.

With an international airport located very close to the city centre, and 3 large train stations, it’s an easy place to visit, and an even better place to spend your time.

Here are some of our favourite places to visit in the city

  • Central library – make sure you visit the first floor
  • The John Rylands library on Deansgate
  • The Museum of Science and Industry
  • The Football Museum located right next to us
  • The Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester
  • The Town Hall
  • The People’s History Museum
  • The Imperial War Museum North
  • Afflecks in the Northern Quarter

Go for a drink in Cloud 23 at the Hilton hotel 

 If you want more information about getting to Manchester, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

There are lots of places to visit near Manchester, too, if you want to go on a day trip. We have a list of great ideas available at reception.

Have a look at these 10 main reasons and then prove yourself that Manchester is the best city to live in the UK!

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1. Museums and cultural scene
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Whitworth Art Gallery (picture above) has been named museum of the year in Britain, but there are many other places to visit in the Manchester area. The best thing is that all of them are FREE! Click on the names to go to their websites:

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Manchester Museum

Manchester Art Gallery

National Football Museum

Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) 

People’s History Museum 

 2. World class universities

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With more than 80,000 students, Manchester has one of the largest university populations in Europe – and for good reasons.

Part of the elite Russell Group, Manchester University can count 25 Nobel Prize winners among its staff and students past and present – the third-highest after Oxford and Cambridge – and is one of the most targeted establishments by leading graduate employers.

Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford University are also well respected.

 

 

3. Sporting capital of the UK

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City or United? We’ll let you decide. But it’s not all about football here. The legacy of the Commonwealth Games has left us with world-class facilities including the Manchester Aquatics Centre, Regional Athletics Arena, National Squash Centre and Manchester Velodrome.

Manchester is also home to one of England’s most renowned test venues at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground. And don’t forget the National Football Museum. No wonder Manchester was just named the sporting capital of the UK.

4. Best music atmosphere in the UK

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A city where The Smiths, Joy Division and Oasis (just to name some of them…) were born, Manchester’s music scene is a major stop-off on the UK gig circuit and its venues regularly host global superstars as well as up-and-coming acts.

Manchester Arena is one of the largest indoor music venues in Europe and has set the stage for shows by everyone from Madonna and Prince to Take That and Kylie Minogue over the last 20 years.

The Apollo and the Academies also command plenty of heavyweight acts.

 5. Endless nightlife

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If house and techno aren’t your style, with The Warehouse Project and Sankeys as their main spots, Manchester’s eclectic nightlife offers something for everyone, from the hipster bars of the Northern Quarter to the party palace of the Printworks.

Deansgate and Spinningfields offer chic champagne and cocktail bars plus plenty of celeb-spotting opportunities, while Canal Street is home to one of the liveliest gay villages in Europe.

 6. The cost of living

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Plenty of people are still struggling financially as the Government’s austerity drive continues.

But the money Manchester workers have goes much further here than down south, especially when it comes to housing (with average house prices in London now four times higher than in Manchester), transport and general needs.

 7. A shopper’s paradise

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You can choose from the treasures of the Northern Quarter’s vintage boutiques and record stores, hunting for bargains in the high street brands of the Arndale Centre or splashing the cash in the luxury designer shops and department stores of New Cathedral Street (in the picture) and Exchange Square, Manchester truly is the shopping capital of the north west. And we’ve also got one of the largest shopping centres in Europe on our doorstep at the Trafford Centre.

 8. The countryside nearby

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Manchester is lucky enough to have the beauty of the Peak District on our doorstep and the Lake District also within easy reach.

Closer to home, we have plenty of pretty parks and gardens too, from the sprawling, 600-acre expanse of Heaton Park to National Trust gems like Dunham Massey, Tatton Park and Lyme Park.

 9. Internationally connected

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Manchester is home to the third busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow and Gatwick, with direct flights to most of European capitals and holiday destinations, North America, The Caribbean and everywhere from Dubai to Hong Kong.

Well connected by train, Metrolink and motorway, not only does it make jetting off on holiday a breeze, but it brings important business and economic benefits too.

 10. Multicultural and open minded

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Can you speak Polish, Basque, Nahuatl or Uyghur languages? Then you’ll find someone to chat to in Manchester, where 200 languages are spoken by its population of just 480,000

Recent research says that Manchester is the third most ethnically diverse city in the world after Paris and New York and we agree with it. Small different inmigrant communities live in the area and share the space peacefully.