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Manchester Visitor information

An Introduction to Manchester

Whilst there was a Roman fort where Manchester now stands, a town was not built until the 13th century and it was only in the Industrial Revolution of 18th and 19th centuries that it exploded from a medieval town. It had a piece of early development from cotton to rifles and much of the architecture associated with each remains to this day and was the subject matter of artists such as Lowry. The new Manchester wheel in the Millennium quarter offers the chance to see the city from an elevated height.

Attractions in Manchester

Historical attractions in Manchester include the Roman fort at Castlefield and the John Rylands Library with its 2nd century fragment of the New Testament up to the post-Reformation church of St Marys with its important art collection, via England's widest cathedral. The Air Raid Shelters at Stockport gained the award for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year at Manchester Tourism Awards 2010.

Travelling to Manchester

By Car

The A57, A34, A665 and A6 connect to run as a ring road around the city, further out the M60 connects to the M56, M66, M67 and the M62.

By Rail

There are many train stations in Manchester-  Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Densgate Rail and Salford central rail. All are connected to each other and run regular services between one another and connect to London Waterloo.

By Air

Manchester has its own International airport, from which there is a train into Manchester. It takes around 20 minutes to get between the airport and the city by car.

By Bus and Coach

Many buses start their journey or pass through a Transport for Greater Manchester operated bus station where timetables are available for all bus services running in Greater Manchester and can be obtained online also. National Express runs coaches to Manchester on a regular basis.

History of Manchester

There is evidence of Bronze Age activity around Manchester in the form of burial sites.The Roman fort of Mamucium was established c.AD 79 near a crossing point on the River Medlock. 

There was a castle in Manchester overlooking the rivers Irk and Irwell, where Chethams School of Music stands today. By the late 13th century the Grelleys, who were barons of Manchester for two centuries, had replaced the castle with a fortified manor house. Manchester became a market town in 1301. In the 14th century Manchester became home to a community of Flemish weavers, who settled in the town to produce wool and linen, thus beginning the tradition of cloth manufacture. Manchester remained a small market town until the late 18th century, and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. 

In the 19th century, championed by local industrialist Daniel Adamson, the Manchester Ship Canal was built as a way to reverse the lack of trade due to Liverpool. It gave the city direct access to the sea allowing it to export its manufactured goods directly. 

In the Second World War Manchester played a key role as an industrial manufacturing city, including the Avro aircraft factory which built countless aircraft for the RAF, the most famous being the Avro Lancaster bomber. As a consequence of its war efforts the city suffered heavily from bombing during The Blitz in 1940 to 1941.

Reviews For Manchester

Average Score


Based On 38 Reviews

The service provided by Simon and his team it is absolutely brilliant! lovely and dedicated staff, Great food and unique building! Made my very special day even better than I imagined.

(Review Of Chetham's)

It was a pleasure getting to work with you and your team and to hold a wedding at such a gorgeous venue is a privilege. The wedding ran very smoothly and both Mikey and Dom have said it was the best day of their lives

(Review Of Chetham's)

Our guests were so impressed with the venue. The lady who showed people around the library itself was so knowledgeable. Guests really enjoyed the history lesson! It was a really wonderful experience.

(Review Of Chetham's)

Worth paying extra for a room on the first floor overlooking canal. Location on Canal Street means it is easy to find, particularly for LGBT people. Very central for Manchester's night life.

(Review Of Le Ville Hotel, Manchester)

We had the most wonderful time and you can tick excellent in every box. From beginning to end it has all been smooth in terms of organisation and high quality in terms of service, food and friendliness of staff. Our guests thought it was an amazing venue and loved the food. I think it will be a day to remember for everyone - not just us.

(Review Of Chetham's)

The bed was extremely comfortable and the shower was great. It was nice to be in an historical home instead of a modern building. It was a little far away from the university area, but the proximity to the tram made it quite easy to get around. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful. I did not like giving my credit card and passport to the staff at check in though.

(Review Of Ascott Hotel, Eccles, Near Manchester)

This incredible library is a must see in Manchester! We visited on a Heritage Day and apparently were able to see nooks and crannies that aren't a usual part of the tour. Hard to believe one is in the center of a busy metropolitan city.

(Review Of Chetham's Library)

Just wanted to say thank you so much for making the wedding day run so smoothly and going the extra mile for us. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and were so made up with how well the day went. The building looked amazing and fitted so well with everything. Again thank you so much for being the perfect hosts!

(Review Of Chetham's)
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