Manchester, located in northwest England, is the United Kingdom's second most populous urban area, with a population of 2 1/2 million. You know that clichéd image you conjure up of Manchester and the dreary old north of England? Forget the smoke-filled skies and rowdy fans of football (a.k.a. soccer to Yanks). Actually ... keep the rowdy footballer ... Read more
image, but replace smokestacks and gray skies with outdoor patio bars along brick-lined canals, up-and-coming indie rock bands playing in hipper-than-thou clubs and an international mix of university students, immigrants, and Brits escaping the anonymity of London to enjoy it all. In one evening, you can dine at a restaurant in Chinatown or go for a curry on Curry Mile, catch a performance at one of Manchester's 22 major concert halls and theaters, and end the night with a drink in the lively Gay Village (the vast LGBT community's main drag welcomes all Mancunians and visitors). Mancunians do love their football, and both Manchester United and Manchester City draw huge crowds. From warehouse hotels to city center hostels, sleeping well (and cheaply) is easy in Manchester.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

I love Manchester there's so much to do and see, been meaning to take my mom to the corrie tour and Trafford shopping centre.

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Mumbai (Bombay)

Wonderful city vibrant loads of pubs and bitters easy to get along and well connected football crazy lots of fun and superb music
Never a dull moment
Ayaz Bilawala

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Foster City, California, USA

I liked Manchester, a little bit of old and a little bit of new mixed. I stayed near the Manchester Arndale, which is a mall in center of town.

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Glasgow, UK

Manchester is a great city to visit. There is some fantastic shopping and the nightlife scene is second to none, especially for LGBT travelers. Check out the Gothic city hall and the huge Arndale Centre. A great place to take the kids is the museum of science and industry.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Despite a long history reaching back into Roman times, it wasn't until the 18th century and the Industrial Revolution that Manchester became a full-scale city. Since then it's added a metropolitan population of 2.5m+ and developed a vast cultural reach, maturing into what is arguably England's second city.

Manchester and its people have always been able to move with the times and have shown resilience in the face of disaster. When huge swathes of the city were destroyed during the blitz and again in the 90s following the IRA bomb, Mancunians simply rebuilt, making their city better than ever before.

Manchester is constantly, visibly evolving. Most people know about its thriving music scene, Victorian architecture and football fanaticism. However, recent years have seen the city add a lot more to its arsenal: there's finally a food scene to match its huge range of bars, a strong sense of different neighbourhood vibes and a public transport system that would be the envy of most American cities.

Like most northern English cities, Manchester is generally a friendly place: you can expect warmth (though not weather-wise), humour and a great deal of heart.

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Manchester is very cool city that has a lot of history, but also has lot culture.

In the city center, you'll find loads of free attractions to keep you busy. There's lots of museums, historical libraries, and a grand cathedral.

At night, stroll over to the Northern Quarter for lots of hip restaurants, bars and music venues. It's lively city with an excellent music scene. Only downside, it rains an awful lot. Bring your umbrella.

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Abergavenny, UK

Shall have to revisit as I didn't have a proper wander around, but from what I did see Manchester exceeded my expectations as I had no idea what to expect (bar the football team) and it is actually quite a nice city!

Klang, Malaysia

When talked about Manchester, we will recalled Manchester Football. Manchester to me is new but when I heard here got the longest Chinatown, I was so excited to visit Manchester, We have almost ten days din't have Chinese food or Asian Food, we not hesitate to have Korean Ramen. well, say'yes'.

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Cologne, Germany

Manchester is an awesome place. Be it the local LGBT corner in Canal Street, the various museums (MOSI, Soccer museum, Manchester Art Gallery, National War Museum and People's History Museum are my favs), the shopping-mania in Trafford Center, the cultural lure of all types of concerts, the close hills around Macclesfield that invite to long walks. I love the place!

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Cocoa, Florida

Manchester is one of the UK's oldest cities, dating back to 79 AD, when the Romans built a fort here. When you visit Manchester's Old Town Hall, there is a sculpture of the Roman General who founded Manchester, General Agricola, hanging over top of the Hall's front entrance. This majestic building was opened in 1877. Once you've completed your visit inside the Old Town Hall, make sure you visit the John Ryland Library, a block away from the Old Town Hall. The Ryland Library is considered to be one of the most beautiful building in all of Manchester. A vist to the Manchester Cathedral (sacked by Oliver Cromwell and his Roundheads during the English Civil War of the mid-17th century) is a must, along with the docks at Salford Quays.

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