For many years only business travelers visited Manchester, but as the city’s profile grew abroad and new routes opened, more and more people discovered that England has cities other than London, and with completely different qualities.
Manchester’s premier football team has been among the world’s most popular in a lifetime, and over the last couple of decades rock bands such as Oasis, the Smiths and Happy Mondays have helped put the city on the map.
In 1996, the IRA detonated a one-and-a-half-ton bomb, the largest ever on British soil, in the center of Manchester. Amazingly, no one was killed, but over 200 people were injured, windows in a perimeter of almost a kilometer were smashed, and the amount of damage amounted to more than NOK 600 million. But the city turned this into an opportunity for total renewal, and after ten years of construction and renovation, the result was a modern metropolis with stylish squares, award-winning architecture and flourishing of both economy and tourism.
Manchester has a large number of students, an enchanting nightlife and many more outgoing, hospitable and inclusive residents than the capital London. In other words, you have to be extraordinarily cross-minded and self-solemn to not have fun in Manchester. Families, couples and single travelers can easily enjoy a weekend in Manchester at any time of the year.
Get to know Manchester
Manchester is a city the size of Oslo and is located in north west England. Around 445,000 inhabitants live within the city limits, and about 2.5 million if you include the suburbs. Manchester was historically noted as the world’s first industrialized city, and had an important role in the industrial revolution.
Manchester was built in the year 1301, although people had lived there since the Romans built a fort more than a thousand years earlier. The city flourished seriously in the late 1800s, and many of the most important public buildings date from that period.
In 1889 a canal was built connecting Manchester with the port of Liverpool. Thanks to the canal, ships could sail all the way up to the docks in Manchester, what is now Salford in the west. This was in operation until the 1970s, and the closure led to a sharp increase in unemployment in the area.
- Abbreviation: M
- Country: United Kingdom
Manchester city center
Very roughly we can count Manchester city center as the area within the triangle consisting of Victoria railway stations in the north, Piccadilly in the southeast and the old town of Castlefield in the southwest. Within this triangle are most of the attractions, with the exception of the largest, Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s legendary home ground is located in the Trafford area a few miles south of downtown, and is easily reached by bus or tram / rail. Trafford is also home to the huge shopping center The Trafford Center, with over 280 shops and restaurants.
The Castlefield / Victoria / Piccadilly Center Triangle is bounded to the south by the Rochdale Canal, which starts at the Castlefield brewing area, goes east and turns northeast just before Piccadilly Station. A few hundred meters of the canal is covered by the street with the obvious name Canal Street. Between Castlefield and Victoria Station in the north you have the Irwell River and the busy Deansgate shopping street, which ends at Manchester Cathedral and Victoria Station.
Castlefield is the area where the Romans built their fort. It was abandoned in the 400s, and remained standing and decaying for centuries. The area was called Castle-in-the-field until the Middle Ages, when it was shortened to Castlefield. Today, Castlefield is named Urban Heritage Park and is more famous for its many bars and restaurants. In 1830, the world’s first passenger train station opened on Liverpool Road in Castlefield.
Here you will also find many of Manchester’s cultural offerings, such as the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, the Air & Space Gallery and Granada TV Studios. A little further north in side streets to Deansgate are the Opera House and the Pumphouse People’s History Museum.
The north corner of the triangle is dominated by Victoria Station and the magnificent Manchester Cathedral. Buildings in this area are among the city’s oldest, so pop in to the Old Wellington Inn or Sinclair’s Oyster Bar pubs to soak up the remnants of 17th-century Manchester – and a pint of Boddingtons.
Nearby you will find the old grain market, and south of this is covered several blocks by the giant shopping center Arndale.
If you continue southeast toward the third corner, Piccadilly Station, you will reach Piccadilly Gardens at the end of Market Street. This open, green area is the hub of the city’s buses and trams, and was completely renovated in 2001 and 2002.
In the past, Piccadilly Gardens had a reputation for being a scary and unpleasant place. Gardens is now a large, modern park with fountains and statues, including a monument to Queen Victoria.
Chinatown in Manchester
Southwest of Piccadilly Gardens, England’s largest Chinatown covers around 16 blocks. The entrance hall is large and colorful with carvings of demons and demons, and inside you will find hundreds of Chinese restaurants as well as incense-filled pagodas, Asian supermarkets with exotic goods, health food stores with herbs and ginseng, and Chinese signage signs.
Facts about Manchester
Manchester is England’s fifth largest city in terms of population.
|Religion||Protestant (50%), Catholic (12%).|
|Time Difference||England is 1 hour after Norway.|
|Currency||British pounds, the equivalent of around £ 10 as of July 2014. ATMs can be found almost everywhere, and the use of credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and Diners is very widespread.|
|Tips||Some places include tips. If not, give 10-15%. The same goes for taxis. At the pub you don’t have to give tips.|
|Embassy||The Norwegian Consulate in Manchester is located in Elisabeth House, 1st floor, Sr. Peters Square. Tel: +44 161 236 8198.|
|Tourist||Manchester Visitor Information Center, Town Hall Extension, Lloyd Street.|
|Electricity||240v 50Hz. You need an adapter for the UK 3-pin socket, and these are normally available in stores and in hotels.|
|Holidays and Holidays||January 1st, first Monday in May, last Monday in August.|
|Visa||Not required for Norwegian citizens.|
|Vaccinations||No vaccines are required|
|Water||Do not drink from the tap.|
|Nearest major cities||Liverpool, Leeds, Blackpool.|
|Safety||Some violent crime, but the level of preparedness in England has been raised following several terrorist attacks and bomb threats in recent years. Also pay attention to pickpockets in crowds.|
List of Manchester Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Manchester is M which stands for Manchester. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Manchester, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.