Manchester is a city located in the south-central part northwest England and is part of the county of Greater Manchester. Manchester is popularly associated with its influence on music and industry; with notable bands such as The Smiths, The Fall, New Order, and Oasis all hailing from the city. Manchester is also known for being a sporting city and has two premiership football clubs that carry its name: Manchester United- which has the largest football club fanbase in the world, and Manchester City. Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground is the largest football ground in the UK and is known for being the only club football ground in England to have hosted the UEFA Champions League Final in 2003.
Manchester is a hip and youthful city with a wealth of history and attractions that keep visitors coming back. If you’re planning a trip to Manchester, here are some of the recommended sites to visit:
- The Imperial War Museum North- is the first of five branches of the Imperial War museum in Greater Manchester. The museum is situated on a site which overlooks the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford Park which was a key industrial center during World War II. The museum features exhibits and audio-visual presentations on how modern conflicts affect people and society.
- The Manchester Cathedral- this medieval church is England’s widest cathedral located in the Millennium Quarter. It is known among locals as St. Mary’s, or Christ Church. The church had gone through several restorations since the Victorian period, and again after a severe bombing incident in the 20th century.
- John Ryland’s Library is reputed to be Manchester’s most beautiful building and was founded by Mrs Enriqueta Rylands in remembrance of her late husband, John Rylands. This Victorian-Gothic structure features books and early manuscripts dating as far back as 2000BC, the most famous of which, include the Gutenberg Bible and papyrus fragments which reportedly come from the gospel of John, or the earliest versions of the new testament.
- The Manchester Town Hall is iconic of Manchester’s power and wealth during the industrial revolution. Created by Alfret Waterhouse, the building contains pre-Raphaelite wall paintings by Ford Maddox Brown which portray historical scenes from Manchester’s past. The town hall is located on Albert Square and free tours may be arranged.
- The People’s History Museum, located on Bridge Street contains collections related to the history of working people in the UK. It features the history of democracy in Britain and provides a peek into the lives of people at home, at work, or in leisure for the last 200 years. The collection features printed material, objects, and pictures celebrating the lives of ordinary citizens at work, rest, and play.
- The Manchester United Football Club should not be missed by avid football fans. Located in Old Trafford, this self-proclaimed “World’s Most Popular Football Club” is one of the most successful and also one of the wealthiest and well-supported football clubs in the world. The club is reportedly worth 1.19 billion