Manchester is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United Kingdom. Located in north-western England the city of Manchester is part of the larger conurbation called Great Manchester. Majorly popular due to its influence on the history of the entire country and its music, Manchester is also home to the highly successful English football club Manchester United. Manchester is almost considered as the capital of Northern England and it also is the second biggest city of the United Kingdom. With a temperate climate, Manchester does not have extreme weather; it is neither too hot nor too cold.
Manchester can be reached by flights as it is well connected to the domestic and international circuits. The Manchester International airport, present in southern Manchester is the largest airport in the United Kingdom outside London. Many operators provide services from this airport, and flights are available to every major English city and international capitals and other major cities. The city also has two railway stations: Victoria and Piccadilly. The city is well connected to the other cities in the United Kingdom through rail, with stations at Deansgate, Oxford Road, Salford Central providing local services. Manchester can also be reached from Leeds and Liverpool through M62 and from Scotland through M6. Traveling to Manchester in a car is not very advisable due to expensive parking. Also, watch out for the Inner Ring Road if you get lost in the city center, because this road has signs for various destinations around the city. National Express buses are frequently available to nearby major cities from the Chorlton Street Coach Station.
While in Manchester, make sure you visit the Manchester Wheel to get the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the booming city from the top. Castlefield is tourist favorite in Manchester. It is an ancient Roman site which was part of the Roman settlement of Mamucium. Also visit the University of Manchester, the place where Rutherford probed his first atom and the first electronic computer was built. Manchester Cathedral, located in the Millennium Quarter is the widest cathedral in England. Another place frequented by tourists is the Manchester Town Hall, a stunning and beautiful masterpiece which signifies the power and wealth of Manchester during the Industrial Revolution. Other frequently visited places are the John Rylands Library, St. Ann’s church, The Cornerhouse, where art house cinema is screened and the Imperial War Museum. Urbis, located in the center of the city, is an all glass structure housing various exhibitions. You can have dinner at the Modern restaurant in the topmost floor of Urbis, with a sweeping view of the city. Don’t forget to visit the Lowry, Manchester Museum and the Museum of Science and History. Manchester is also home to the widely famous English football club Manchester United.
Getting around Manchester should be easy due to the Metroshuttle, a free bus service run by the local council. It covers three major areas of the city and these buses can be accessed from all major railway stations. The Metrolink, which is the tram system, can used to get around the city. The map of the tram network is easy to understand, but this mode may prove pretty costly due to its high cost of maintenance. Taxi services in Manchester are less cheap than services in London, and travel to the core parts of the city should generally fall within the range of 5 to 10 pounds. So just book your tickets today and have a great time in the English nation