Often nicknamed ‘Second City’ and ‘Capital of the North’, Manchester today is a centre of the arts, the media, higher education and commerce, and is the 3rd most visited city in the United Kingdom by foreign visitors.
Inviting, original, edgy, happening, different, spend any time in Manchester and you’ll soon see it’s a place like no other. It is a place to explore new things, whether it’s the latest band or the hottest graffiti artists. It is a cultural melting pot, so don’t be surprised to find it all in Manchester. And when it comes to sport, Manchester punches above its weight. The Commonwealth Games of 2002 confirmed its importance, but for many years the city has played a significant role in the heritage of English sport.
Manchester is ideally placed to begin a tour of the North. It is at the hub of a network of vibrant, historic cities and a handy base for visiting some of Britain’s most interesting market towns, set in beautiful countryside.