Visiting Manchester

Description of Manchester

Manchester – the second city of the United Kingdom – is known all over Europe for its influence on industry and music, and for its obvious sporting connections. Seen by many as the “capital” of the north of England, Manchester is a vibrating city where living and travelling is easy.

Inside info

ActivitiesChetham's Library is Manchester's best kept secret. It is one of Manchester's oldest buildings, and still has its original collection of books, all chained to their shelves. This is where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels would visit while in Manchester and where Engels wrote the world-changing book 'The Condition of the Working Classes in England', a key influence on the development of Communism. You can still sit in the window seat where they talked. The 15th century structure is part of Chetham's Music School – simply ask at the security office and they will happily let you in for free. St. Mary's, The Hidden Gem, near Albert Square, is the oldest post-Reformation Catholic Church in the country, dating from 1794. It contains one of the greatest pieces of art in Manchester, and the altar is quite magnificent. It provides a quiet refuge from the noise of the city. If you have never been to Manchester, grab the chance this month. The amazing and amusing ‘Cirque du Soleil’ is returning to the city under its celebrated big top with a stunning new show: ‘Varekai’. Meaning “wherever” from the Romany language – ‘Varekai’ is an explosive fusion of drama and acrobatics. The seemingly impossible becomes possible through stunning displays of skill and power set to a pulsating music score and interwoven by thrilling choreography. Performing until March 21st at the ‘Trafford Centre’, there never has been a better time to dream. ‘Shaped By War’ is another reason to pop into Manchester. This stands as the largest ever UK exhibition of the life and work of Don McCullin, one of the world’s most acclaimed war photographers. The displayed images, contact sheets, objects, magazines and personal memorabilia from the artist shape our awareness of modern conflict and its consequences. At the ‘Imperial War Museum North’ until this June. Where to stay?Castlefield HotelA very luxurious 3 star hotel, modern, and superbly well located close to the main tourist attractions of the city. A lot of services provided (double room: £120)Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4JRWhere to eat?VelvetFriendly staff, good food, and a cosmopolitan environment make it a hip and popular restaurant, bar, and hotel with art works on display. 2 Canal StreetManchester, M1 3HE

Did you know ?

Manchester was originally called Derryfield, while the Crystal Lake was called Mosquito Pond. The Midland Hotel in Manchester was where Rolls met Royce in 1904 and was the beginning of the famous Rolls Royce Company. The Hotel was also Hitler's choice as a possible Nazi headquarters in Britain.

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Geographical situation and climatic info for Manchester

Manchester, situated in the North of England, is one of the UK's most populated cities. It is bordered to the North and the East by the Pennines, a mountain chain running the length of Northern England. Manchester experiences a temperate maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters and regular light rainfall all year round. The city is renowned for its culture, music scene and sporting connections.

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The weather and climate in Manchester

Manchester is a city in Greater Manchester, England. With a population of around 503 000, It is the UK’s third largest city. This city in the north west of England is renowned for its architecture, culture, music scene and sporting connections, notably Manchester City and Manchester United football clubs. Manchester is a popular city with Students who attend its two principal Universities and is the third most visited city in the UK after London and Edinburgh. Manchester’s climate is a temperate maritime one like much of the UK with warm summers, cold winters and regular rainfall. Temperatures reach an average high of 20°C in summer and 7°C in winter.