Modern Manchester is an energetic and inventive city, with a firm grip on Britain’s cultural pulse. Its musical heritage and live-music scene are matched by its arts cinemas, theaters, hip cafés and cool pubs. Explore the city’s many treasures on foot or hop the free Metroshuttle bus.
Revisit Manchester’s industrial roots at Castlefield’s urban heritage park and explore The Lowry entertainment complex at Salford Quays. Get your shopping fix at the massive Arndale center or visit beloved Affleck’s Palace – an eclectic emporium in the Northern Quarter. Top cultural spots include the Cornerhouse cinema and Chetham’s Library, one of the oldest libraries in the world.
This sports-mad town boasts two powerhouse soccer teams – world-famous Manchester United and archrival Manchester City. See a match at Man United’s Old Trafford stadium (aka the “Theatre of Dreams”) or Man City’s state-of-the-art Eithad Stadium. Unwind post-game in a snug fire-lit pub or head to an award-winning restaurant on Rusholme’s legendary Curry Mile. Then catch a live band or hit the clubs – “Madchester” still has the beat.