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Manchester, United Kingdom is situated within a bowl-shaped land area, bordered to the north and east by the Pennine moors and to the south by the Cheshire Plain. The city centre is located on the east bank of the River Irwell, near the confluence of the River Medlock and the River Irk. The River Mersey also flows through the south of the city.
Manchester, United Kingdom
Pleasant open countryside with picturesque villages surrounds
Manchester, United Kingdom, and there are numerous art galleries,
theatres, museums and country houses to visit.
Manchester receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year from
all over the world. Britain's second largest city is also one of it's
most dynamic and cosmopolitan. There is a growing desire to develop
Manchester's individuality, to avoid mediocrity and to encourage high
quality design whether it be in the conservation of its 19th century
buildings, or in the design of modern buildings, or in the treatment of
its open spaces.
Manchester is the Northwest's regional center for finance, commerce,
retail, culture and leisure, home to a major international airport and
one of the largest student populations in Europe. It has transformed
itself from an industrial city dependent on manufacturing to a thriving,
modern, international center. It is now rated among the top ten European
cities for business location.
Manchester is easily accessible from all parts of Britain and beyond.
The city is the hub of an excellent motor way system linking the south
with the north; the east with the west. A frequent Intercity service
serves two main Manchester railway stations, Victoria and Piccadilly. A
regional service links the local and surrounding areas. Coach travel is
economical and convenient.
Several examples of 18th century buildings and street patterns remain
in the City Center and in some outlying districts, but it is the
Victorian and Edwardian plan and building form which dominates the city.
Manchester has established itself as a leading center of youth
culture. Its large student population is an essential ingredient in the
unique 'Manchester scene' and this results in an exciting variety of
entertainment. Mancunians appreciate the importance of an active and
varied social life. The club and dance scene in the city is legendary.
Manchester has the whole range of pubs from the traditional 'real ale'
variety to the city center wine and cocktail bars. Prices are lower than
in many parts of Britain so students can still afford to enjoy
themselves in the city.
Manchester is one of the most important theatrical centers outside
London's West End. Visitors will find a large choice of theatres and
productions, from touring musicals at the Palace Theatre and Opera House
to the more innovative, fringe or community events at the smaller
theatres. The University has its own theatre, the Capitol.
Music is one of Manchester's greatest exports. The city has two
internationally renowned orchestras, the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic,
which as well as playing to packed houses in Manchester also perform all
over the world.
Other classical and contemporary performances are provided by the
Manchester Camerata Chamber Orchestra and The Royal Northern College of
Music. For many, the city is renowned for the Manchester sound, which
has catapulted some of its home grown bands into musical legend.
Pop and Indie fans from all over Britain and abroad see Manchester as
the focus of the current music scene. The wide variety of venues means
that the whole range of music styles can be presented: including
classical, chamber, opera, jazz and blues, folk, and pop.