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A city alive with character, Manchester is rich in art and heritage, and as proud of its music scene as it is of its world-famous football teams.
Did you know? The name Manchester comes from the name of an ancient Roman settlement called Mamucium, meaning 'a hill shaped like a breast'. A fort that dates back to AD 79 was the foundations of what now is Central Manchester. The same location is said to be where the industrial revolution began in 1764.
A proper English experience is to have a drink at a canal-side pub, the founding location of the great city of “Manny”, is a great place to do that! The Wharf in Castlefield is a large warehouse building offering both classy and typical pub grub, nine cask ales, “a decent wine list”, over a hundred malts, and a “beer garden” beside what was the world's first industrial canal, the Bridgewater.
The network of canals in the Castlefield neighbourhood is also a great place to have a wander, nearby is the free-to-enter Science and Industry Museum, set within an 1830 Warehouse which was also the site of the original terminus of the world’s first inter-city railway.
The busy urban life of the Industrial Revolution was famously captured by the painter L. S. Lowry, commemorated with a namesake Museum ‘The Lowry’, which is now home to many of his famous works.
Visitors to Manchester who are interested in art can also choose from the contemporary, at Caustic Coastal and Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), and the historic, at Manchester Art Gallery and The Whitworth, which has an exhibition of Goya and Hogarth on until August, and this July the Manchester International Festival (MIF19) will have the city buzzing with culture.
Manchester’s industrial past inspired important music scenes, iconic bands including Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, The Smiths, and New Order all formed in Manchester.
If your clients are interested in the local music scene they could visit a record store, such as Eastern Bloc, which specialises in electronic music and also has a good cafe, or Piccadilly Records, which opened in 1978 and has been awarded best independent record store, selling a wide range of genres. For clubbing, the White Hotel is the place to go for underground electronic music, and locals use Skiddle, an online gig guide to see what’s on there and elsewhere.
Unlike Canal or Railway Mania, Football Mania is still alive in “the 0161”, and that is due to the Manchester United Football Club, which officially formed in 1878 and has since won more trophies than any other English football club. Fans of all ages will enjoy the National Football Museum, where they can play on skill-testing simulators and admire the huge collection of memorabilia, or the Old Trafford, the home of Man Utd, "The Theatre of Dreams", and the largest club football stadium.