Manchester Tourist Information

Manchester Travel Guide

Manchester, in the south-central part of North West England is surrounded by the Pennines to the north and east. At the turn of the 19th century Manchester expanded fast, due to the boom in textile manufacturing, it became the world's first industrialised city and the site of the world's first railway station.

Manchester Attractions

Manchester is the home of two of the world’s most famous Premier League football teams, Manchester City and Manchester United and is the third-most visited city in the United Kingdom and the most visited in England outside London.

Manchester’s architecture is a reminder of its global centre for the cotton trade with a large number of former cotton mills, some remain museum like and others converted to apartments and office space. Some of Manchester’s buildings were built on a grand scale including the Manchester Town Hall which was constructed in the Gothic revival style and is one of the most important Victorian buildings in England. As well as interesting buildings, Manchester is home to over 130 parks, Heaton Park in the north of the city at over 610 acres, is one of the largest public parks in Europe.

Transportation Around Manchester

Manchester Airport is the busiest in England outside London and Manchester’s Piccadilly is England’s busiest railway station outside London. Manchester also has another main central railway station, Manchester Victoria serving destinations to the north of the city. Greater Manchester railway network is extensive with two mainline stations. Manchester city centre has many rail-based park and ride sites.

Manchester also has a rail tram system the Manchester Metrolink which crosses the city centre via on-street tram lines and when totally complete will have the largest tram system in the UK. Manchester has an extensive bus network with some of the busiest routes in the UK.