Image by Manchester-based illustrator Alexandra Francis

Introducing Manchester

With its vibrant nightlife, sensational shopping and excellent restaurants, Manchester can rightly call itself England’s northern capital. Whether you want cocktails with a canal view or edgy gigs in converted theatres, the city has you covered. In summer, Manchester’s green spaces come alive, as Piccadilly Gardens bristles with activity. Across town, in Sackville Park in the city’s LGBTQ district, visitors lay flowers at the Alan Turing Memorial in rejection of prejudice.

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What to see in Manchester

Although it suffered a postwar industrial decline, the city has since bloomed confidently – and not just because of Manchester’s football successes. This sprawling metropolis is dotted with remnants of its many golden years, each with fascinating stories. In the centre stands the grand, Neo-Gothic Manchester Town Hall as well as the Baroque Lancaster House. To the south, the regenerated Salford Quays, built on the land where the textiles Manchester made would be sent across the seas, now sparkles with bars, restaurants and well-heeled Mancunians.

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