MANCH­ESTER MAGIC

MANCH­ESTER IS A HUB OF DIF­FER­ENT CREEDS, CUL­TURES AND PER­SON­AL­I­TIES ALL LIV­ING TO­GETHER SIDE BY SIDE. LO­CAL BOY CRAIG STOR­RIE WON­DERS WHAT MAKES THE CAP­I­TAL OF THE NORTH-WEST SO GREAT

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It’s not all about Canal Street – we find out what makes Manch­ester great

Manch­ester be­gan to ex­pand at an as­ton­ish­ing rate around the turn of the 19th cen­tury. Its un­planned ur­ban­i­sa­tion was brought on by the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion’s boom in tex­tile man­u­fac­ture and re­sulted in it be­com­ing the world’s first in­dus­tri­alised city trans­form­ing the area for­ever. It’s now mostly no­table for its stun­ning ar­chi­tec­ture, var­ied cul­tures, and boom­ing mu­sic scene and me­dia links.

The city it­self is chock full of mu­se­ums and art gal­leries where you can spend end­less hours just wan­der­ing around and ab­sorb­ing the cul­ture.

The Sci­ence and In­dus­try Mu­seum (Liver­pool Road, mosi.org.uk) charts Manch­ester’s rise from the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion to the present day, and the Manch­ester Art Gallery (Mosley Street, manch­ester­gal­leries.org) is one of the finest art

mu­se­ums in the coun­try con­tain­ing over six cen­turies of stun­ning art. Fi­nally the Im­pe­rial War mu­seum in Sal­ford Quays (iwm.org.uk/vis­its/iwm­north) houses an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of war mem­o­ra­bilia from many dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

There’s a thriv­ing the­atre and opera scene here and the city is home to a num­ber of large per­for­mance venues, in­clud­ing the Manch­ester Opera House (3 Quay Street, manch­esterthe­atres.com/op­er­a­house) which fea­tures mostly West End pro­duc­tions and large scale shows, and the Royal Ex­change The­atre (Saint Ann’s Square, royalex­change.co.uk) beau­ti­fully sit­u­ated in Manch­ester’s for­mer cot­ton ex­change

Manch­ester is a multi-eth­nic city with many races and re­li­gions es­tab­lish­ing their own com­mu­ni­ties here. Chi­na­town has been a fea­ture of the city since the 1970s with a mul­ti­tude of restau­rants, cafés and su­per­mar­kets each sell­ing the best in Chi­nese food, drink and goods. When night falls, the neon lights come on and serve as a bea­con for any­one want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the fan­tas­tic and wel­com­ing Chi­nese com­mu­nity and peo­ple. For more in­for­ma­tion check out manch­esterchi­na­town.org.uk

If In­dian cui­sine is more your thing, make sure you check out the Curry Mile sit­u­ated just out­side the cen­tre on Wilm­slow Road in Rusholme. It’s an 800 me­tre long stretch that con­sists of In­dian restau­rants, jew­ellery stores and tra­di­tional In­dian cloth­ing shops as well as be­ing a mag­net for many dif­fer­ent Asian cul­tures and peo­ple.

The nightlife in Manch­ester is truly one of a kind. Full of mu­sic venues, clubs, pubs and bars there is some­thing for ev­ery­one. Both the “Mad­ch­ester” scene of the 1980s and the leg­endary club The Haçienda (now de­mol­ished and turned into flats) has helped to cre­ate a city that has a venue for you no mat­ter who you are.

The North­ern Quar­ter near Vic­to­ria Sta­tion is one such area that has ex­panded in re­cent times to in­clude so many dif­fer­ent bars, restau­rants and cafes that at­tract all sorts of peo­ple. From the hip­sters and the stu­dents to the city work­ers and posh bankers you will find it all in the North­ern Quar­ter. Places like The Whiskey Jar, Cord and the Blue Pig (all found on north­ern­quar­ter­manch­ester.com) cater for ev­ery walk of life in this fine city.

Get­ting around the city has never been eas­ier. While it’s not dif­fi­cult to get around Manch­ester by walk­ing, driving or us­ing the var­i­ous bus net­works, for the best ex­pe­ri­ence you re­ally should hop onto the Metrolink: an up­dated and ex­ten­sive tram sys­tem that can take you to any ma­jor part of the city cen­tre and even many of its out­ly­ing ar­eas. It’s also ex­cel­lent value for money with most sta­tions of­fer­ing a park and ride scheme if you want to leave your car safely behind and avoid ex­pen­sive car parks. Tourist info: vis­it­manch­ester. com Gay info: manch­ester. gayc­i­ties. com

“Manch­ester is a multi-eth­nic city with many races and re­li­gions es­tab­lish­ing their own com­mu­ni­ties here”

IM­PE­RIAL WAR MU­SEUM,MANCH­ESTER

THE MANCH­ESTER WHEEL IN PIC­CADILLY GAR­DENS

G. A. Y IN MANCH­ESTER

CANAL STREET

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