Manchester is a city and metropolitan area located in northwest England. The population of the city is just over 500,000, with a population of about 2.8 million in the Greater Manchester area. The city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The closest major cities are Liverpool in the southwest and Sheffield in the southeast. The city is also known worldwide for football, there are two large football clubs - Manchester United and Manchester City.
Greater Manchester offers a wide range of accommodation, from simple bed and breakfasts and inns to unique boutique and luxury hotels such as The Edwardian Manchester. For those who need to be close to Manchester Airport, there are plenty of options. The Clayton Hotel is just a stone's throw away and offers a free shuttle bus or the Hilton Manchester Airport hotel directly opposite Terminal 2. For football fans, we recommend the Hotel Football, located right next to the Old Trafford Stadium. For groups we recommend Novotel or Hilton Manchester Deansgate.
The Manchester area was settled before the Romans came to England. At the beginning of the 14th century, Manchester received a royal patent for the organization of markets and became an important commercial center of the whole area. During 14. century, a large community of Flemish weavers immigrated to the city, who began the tradition of weaving cloth. In the last quarter of the 18th century, the city became an important industrial center thanks to the industrial revolution. The world's first passenger railway (Liverpool and Manchester Railway) was put into operation, further accelerating the development of the city and its surroundings. Many people began to move here with the prospect of job opportunities, which gave rise to a very strong Irish community. In the interwar period, the area was hit by a crisis that affected the textile industry in particular. During the war, the city was the target of many Nazi raids, which destroyed much of the historic center and also greatly damaged the cathedral.
It is also worth mentioning that many world-famous music groups come from Manchester, for example Oasis, Take That, Simply Red, Bee Gees or 10cc.
Sights and places of interest
There are many galleries, churches and museums in the city, and the cathedral, town hall or library are definitely worth a visit. Football fans will certainly be interested in visiting the Old Trafford Stadium (Manchester United Club) or the Etihad Stadium (Manchester City Club).
The whole area has a very good level of transport infrastructure, a very dense motorway and road network, Manchester Airport is the third largest airport in the UK in terms of passenger numbers. Directly in the city you can take tram, bus or taxi, with typical "Black Cabs".