Guide to Manchester England

I was not born in Manchester but it has been my home for the past five years and I can see no reason to leave it. I’d like to try to convey some of the reasons why I have decided to make this city my adoptive home town.

Manchester is situated approximately 200 miles from London, and is situated in the North West of England. Just over thirty miles away is Liverpool, another city that shares much the same history and other connections. The effect of this, is to engender great rivalry between the two cities but also means that they tend to show a united front if attacked by outsiders.

One of the first things that strike many visitors is the number of new buildings in the city centre. This is largely a consequence of the IRA bomb in 1996 that decimated large areas of the city centre, thankfully, without the loss of life. A decision to take the opportunity to rebuild the city centre meant that today, Manchester city centre bears little resemblance to the city that existed in its industrial heyday. At the same time, care has been taken to preserve those buildings of historical significance, even if their use has been changed. The old Corn Exchange, for example, is now a Shopping Centre.

There is something for everyone in Manchester. If your idea of a great day out is to shop til you drop, then Manchester has everything from top department stores such as Selfridges and Harvey Nicols to exclusive boutiques in Affleks Palace, with everything in between. A short distance from the city centre is the Trafford Centre an enormous shopping centre, that when it was first opened in 1998, was the largest in Europe.

After shopping, you will no doubt be in need of some refreshment. Manchester has an eclectic range of restaurants to suit all pockets and all tastes. You never know, you may even spot a famous celebrity from the world of modern music or television; even one of the team members of the world famous Manchester United Football Club. That is one of the great things about Manchester celebrities don’t appear aloof as they do in London.

The evening is when Manchester comes into its own. Entertainment of all kinds from theatre, either at professional venues such as the Palace or Royal Exchange or amateur productions(in name only) at the world famous Library theatre, to music to suit all tastes from Classical at the Bridgwater Hall to performances by international artists at the M.E.N. arena. In between are clubs catering to every musical genre imaginable.

I hope this has given you some insight into Manchester and that you may choose to visit someday. If you do, you’ll find that Mancunians are among the friendliest people you are ever likely to meet. They are also some of the most tolerant, as has been demonstrated by their acceptance of large numbers of asylum seekers in recent years from more troubled areas of the world.