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Manchester: The UK Capital of the North

Author: pmcindoe  |  Category: Destinations
Published: October 30, 2008

Many cities in the world are synonymous with one thing. Whether it’s Las Vegas for gambling, Athens for history or Paris for love, certain cities are able to conjure specific images by the mere mention of their name alone. Moreover, whilst the UK has many cities that are famous throughout the world for any number of reasons, only one city’s claim to fame can be the home of arguably the most supported soccer team on the planet.

Indeed, Manchester is known across the globe as being the home of Manchester United, with an estimated third of a billion fans worldwide lending their support to a club whose history is as illustrious as it is triumphant. But, Manchester is also home to another club, one that has perhaps lived a little in the shadow of their closest rivals, for much of their history.

In addition, Manchester City has always been a massive club in its own right, and has been a mainstay in England’s top football league for a long time. But, the recent takeover by a wealthy Arabian royal family has essentially catapulted the club into ‘super-club’ status overnight, and they are now said to be one of the wealthiest football clubs.

But, whilst money may not guarantee success on the pitch, it certainly helps. And, Manchester can now boast of having two world-renowned football clubs which has, ultimately, led to a significant increase in visitors to the city, seeking to satiate their cravings for all things football. However, it would probably be difficult for any city to rely on football alone as its sole attraction and Manchester, like most other major cities, has plenty to offer.

Indeed, few cities can beat Manchester for shopping, and it would be easy to spend an entire day exploring the Trafford Centre. In fact, there are 280 shops in the Trafford Centre and a myriad of entertainment options including bowling alleys, a cinema and a casino.

However, if there’s one thing that makes Manchester remain on the lips of people, then it’s the cuisine. From Chinatown and Rusholme’s ‘Curry Mile’, to Michelin-style gourmet restaurants and a whole host of cheap-eateries, there is sure to be culinary dishes to suit the most discerning of palates.

There is also a wealth of history waiting to be discovered and for those who wish to get a flavour of Manchester’s past, then look no further than the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) which explores the city’s proud history and status as the world’s first industrial city. From Victoria sewers and cotton machinery, to the world’s first computer and the oldest surviving passenger railway station in the world, the MOSI has something to offer anyone who’s seeking to discover more about Manchester’s illustrious past.

Of course, with so much to do in a city that has become known as ‘the capital of the north’, Manchester hotels are always in great demand. And, whether it’s through engaging in a little retail therapy, dining out in style or watching some of the world’s top football players strut their stuff, Manchester certainly has something for everyone.

Paul McIndoe writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

Author: pmcindoe

Paul McIndoe writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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