Manchester is a city of culture, excitement and diversity. From the football of United and City and the huge array of museums, to the choice of shopping destinations and the vibrant gay scene, Manchester has it all.
Walking the historic hallways of the John Rylands Library is like stepping back in time to the late 19th century. Housed within this late-Victorian, neo-Gothic building, you'll find many fascinating exhibits, including a fragment of the Gospel of St John.
Venture inside the splendid Gothic Revival Manchester Town Hall and as you stroll through its corridors of power, you'll pass sumptuous rooms featuring ornate fireplaces, painted ceilings and murals.
Manchester Cathedral, while not the biggest of churches, is a vision in Gothic Perpendicular, and grandeur and history inhabit each of its nooks and crannies.
Manchester is home to English football giants, United and City. Manchester United's Old Trafford is the biggest club football team in the UK, while Manchester City play at the Etihad. Both grounds are well worth a visit, if only to see the changing rooms and walk up the players' tunnel onto the pitch.
Probably the UK's most famous soap, Coronation Street is made at Granada Studios, where you can walk the cobbled Street, poke behind the curtains and enjoy a pint in the Rovers Return.
Enjoy a prestigious play at the beautiful Royal Exchange Theatre or laugh your socks off at The Comedy Store. Perhaps go and experience a live performance by the likes of One Direction or Madonna at the Manchester Arena – whatever you do, the city is sure to keep you entertained.
Manchester has a vibrant gay scene with Canal Street being its focal point. Here you'll find a host of great gay bars, restaurants and clubs.
At the uber-chic Australasia you'll enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine that's fused with Southeast Asian and European to create divine meals.
Manchester House provides attentive and friendly service. Choose your meal from the tasting menu and savour the subtle, delicate flavours.
Between them, Trafford Centre and the Manchester Arndale have nearly 500 top stores. Deansgate by the river has a good selection of upmarket stores, including The House of Fraser, and close by is The Avenue, a designer shopping area. And the Lowry Outlet Mall, situated on Manchester's waterfront, has more than 80 stores.
Book one of our Manchester hotels with a swimming pool and make your stay a relaxing one. Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel and Spa provides an inexpensive way to stay in the area. Situated in Rochdale, just 17 minutes by train to Manchester, each room has free internet access, satellite TV and access to a recreation room, spa and other premium facilities. For 5-star luxury and sophistication, in a prime location within the Free Trade Hall, Radisson Blue Edwardian Manchester Hotel is a must. Each room has satellite television, a walk-in shower and bath. There is also access to the spa, gym, sauna, steam room and, of course, indoor swimming pool.
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