Wide view over the rooftops of Manchester, mix of historic and modern buildings, occasional skyscrapers, sunset. © Chris/stock.adobe.com
Wide view over the rooftops of Manchester, mix of historic and modern buildings, occasional skyscrapers, sunset. © Chris/stock.adobe.com

Manchester – The Modern Metropolis in Northern England

Published: 09 February 2024, 11:30

Manchester is the third largest city in the UK after London and Birmingham.
Situated in the north-west of England, the city can look back on a long and intensive industrial history. However, Manchester has long since shed its image as a working-class, industrial city and developed into a modern metropolis with lively nightlife, a diverse museum landscape, renowned art galleries and a world-famous football scene. Manchester has made a name for itself as a music city with a variety of festivals and concerts as well as successful bands like Joy Division and Oasis.

Today, cool restaurants, creative pop-up shops and hip bars have moved into the old factory buildings in the Northern Quarter district. Cultural centres and media locations, such as Salford Quays, show a city constantly on the up. Manchester is always combining the old with the new, tradition with the future. Futuristic skyscrapers stand alongside Victorian architecture. Anyone who knows and loves London will also find themselves impressed by Manchester. 

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: - 1 hour
  • Population: 2.8 million
  • Official Language: English
  • Currency: British Pound (GBP)

Discover and experience Manchester

Northern England and Wales: trips from Manchester

Manchester is an ideal starting point for day trips to experience the beautiful countryside of northern England. Breathtaking nature, romantic villages and countless sheep: the Lake District National Park is not far from Manchester. One highlight includes Windermere, England’s largest lake. In the Lake District, you can go on beautiful walks or take a boat trip across one of the many lakes. South of Manchester is the Peak District, the UK’s oldest national park with many hills, caves and sheep pastures. It’s also worth taking a trip to North Wales, home to grand castles, such as Conwy Castle, magical landscapes, such as Snowdonia National Park, as well as the historical small city of Chester. 

Places to go around Manchester

Manchester from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. Take the free bus through the city centre 

2. Explore the medieval Cathedral Quarter and the cathedral 

3. Stop off at a pub in the trendy Northern Quarter

4. Visit the former inland docks Salford Quays

5. Marvel at the architecture of the John Rylands Library

1. Explore the history of democracy at the People’s History Museum

2. Admire Picasso and Rodin at the Manchester Art Gallery 

3. Browse the picture books in the reading niches at the John Rylands Library

4. Experience the past and future at the Science Museum

5. Look at The Lowry cultural centre’s futuristic architecture

1. Watch a football match at Old Trafford stadium

2. Go shopping at one of the many centres or vintage shops 

3. Discover the “bee” mascot on signs 

4. Take part in a guided music tour 

5. Take a walk around Heaton Park 

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