The early beginnings of Manchester’s life are a little ambiguous. We know for certain that the Romans arrived in around 70 AD, built a fort, and settled here for around 400 years. It wasn’t heard of again in this history books until around the 11th century, and when England’s population began to grow. Over the centuries, Manchester grew steadily, but it was not until the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century that really saw Manchester in its golden years. At this time, the city boomed and people came in droves to the town; new buildings popped up everywhere. Aside from a slight dip in economy in the 1930s, Manchester has gone from strength to strength, and now stands as one of the most innovative and interesting cities in the UK. Popular Attractions
Football is an integral part of Manchester culture – nearly all the locals are mad about the sport. Aside from catching a game while you’re in town, the best way to understand football culture in Manchester is to pay a visit to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. There is also a National Football Museum in the city, which will give you a good history of the nation’s favorite sport. If football’s not your thing, Manchester has a cluster of other things to do that are sure to satisfy. For other museums, check out the Museum of Science and History, Imperial War Museum North, and the Manchester Museum for a mix of topics and background of the local area. The People’s History Museum is also worth a look, a special center dedicated to the working people of the UK. For some impressive architecture, head to John Rylands Library, and make sure you go inside – the massive interior is nothing short of phenomenal. Manchester Town Hall, the Palace Hotel, and Whitworth Art Gallery are also easy on the eye, and the latter houses award-winning painting and sculpture collections fit for an afternoon in Manchester. Food
Apart from the classic hearty English food you’ll find all over the country, Manchester has a few local delicacies of its own. Black pudding is famous favorite, a dark sausage made from pig’s blood (hear us out…) mixed with oats and suet. It might sound disgusting, but it’s worth a try if you’re a meat-eater. For something sweeter, try an Eccles Cake, a thin flat round pastry made with currants and spices, or Manchester Tart, with is made from pastry filled with jam and custard, topped with coconut. Transport
Manchester Airport is among the largest in the UK and the world, and you will be able to find flights to Manchester from all over the globe. There are very frequent services from major cities all over Europe, and the Americas, Africa, and Asia. If you need a connecting flight, we suggest taking a look at transfers in London. Tips for Travelers
Manchester city center is easily explored by foot, but if you need to reach somewhere a little further away there is a good tram system as well, which is locally known as the ‘Met’. The weather in northern England isn’t great, that’s more or less a fact. During the summer months it can be quite pleasant in Manchester, but in the winter it’s going to be cold. Make sure you bring layers whatever time of year, as the weather can change quickly here. Visitors to Manchester could benefit from buying a Manchester Card, which offers discounts on restaurants, bars, hotels, and much more. Fun Facts
It rains over 1mm, on average, on 143 days per years in Manchester. We told you the weather was bad! Liverpool Road train station in Manchester is the oldest in the world. Manchester was first known as ‘Mamicium’, which means ‘breast-shaped hill’. No, seriously – look it up.