Visitors who have not been to Manchester before might think that the city could be a bit sterile and centered around industry and business. This could not be further from the truth, and there are a lot of attractions to visit. Whether it is history, music or the arts that you are into, there is something for everyone in this city.
For the football fans, of course, there are the two guided tours on offer at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground and Manchester City’s City of Manchester stadium. The city is also home to the National Football Museum.
Fans can tour the grounds, the trophy cabinets, and of course the hallowed dressing rooms where you can sit in the spots where your favorite starts get changed and warm up for home matches.
The city itself is a bustling metropolis, but there are many calm oases, such as the Manchester Cathedral, which was built in 1215. Prior to this place of worship, the same area was an old Saxon temple which dated back to circa 700.
If art is your thing, then the Manchester Art Gallery is definitely worth a visit. There are various exhibits to see, which change at various times of the year. From contemporary to pre-Raphaelite art, this gallery will surely fill in a morning or afternoon for any visitor.
Manchester exploded in growth in the 1800s due to the industrial revolution and the city was a pioneer in industrial science and technology. Much of this knowledge has been preserved in the city’s Museum of Science and Industry in the Castlefield area. The museum is spread over five listed historical buildings which even features a Victorian era sewer that you can walk through.
Another great attraction for history lovers is the Imperial War Museum This museum houses numerous artefacts and missives about the First and Second World Wars. There are many preserved war machines, such as tanks and aircrafts on display, as well as uniforms, medals and more importantly, the diaries written and kept by soldiers who fought in the two deadly conflicts.