Manchester is the third most visited city in the U.K. with the second most populous urban area. It is regarded as a world city, with a global appeal much like London.
Previously known for its industrial atmosphere and notoriously bad weather, Manchester today offers a whole lot more to tourists and expats. Fans of good architecture will enjoy both old and modern buildings around the city centre. Most notably, the Manchester City Hall on Albert Square is a brilliant display of Gothic revival architecture from the 19th century. The One Angel Square, shaped like a sliced egg, is the heart of a new development project called NOMA in the northern quarter of the city centre. Here you will find the new futuristic look of Manchester, aiming to attract global investors as well as create more business opportunities.
Manchester still thrives on its famous music scene. In the 1980s, bands such as New Order, Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses became famous for their involvement in the so-called “Madchester” scene, much of it based around the legendary nightclub The Haçienda. Other Manchester bands, including The Smiths and Oasis, would later become one of the most influential rock bands of their generation. Today, a new generation of music fans can listen to critically acclaimed local bands such as Elbows at the famous Manchester Arena.
Apart from its culture and architecture, many choose to visit Manchester in order to watch football. Historically, Manchester United has been the most successful football club in England with 20 league titles. The “Red Devils” host over 70,000 spectators each game at their home ground Old Trafford. However, the team in blue, Manchester City, has enjoyed a steady stream of success since the early 2010s. The local derbies between the two sides are usually one of the most followed sporting events in the world.