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The most cosmopolitan city after London, Manchester is also one of Britain’s most modern cities, with a youthful and infectious vibe and cultural activities that are a class apart.  If you’re looking for a true slice of Britain then look no further than Manchester, often described as England’s second city.

Known the world over for its famous football teams and for being the first industrialised city in the world, today Manchester is a hub of all things cool. Its modern city centre boasts some pretty cutting edge architecture, a cultural scene that is right up there with London and, of course, a nightlife that is renowned as one of the best in the world. 

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July 2017

August 2017
Built in 1823, Manchester Art Gallery continues to change with the times. Explore iconic art works, local collections and temporary exhibitions such as Shirley Baker's post war street photography and an exhibition devoted to the artistic legacy of Manchester band, Joy Division. The cafe serves cakes, seasonal soups and toasted sandwiches made using local invention, the Breville sandwich maker. (Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL, http://manchesterartgallery.org/)

August 2017
Salford's former ship canals are now part of MediaCityUK, a development that includes a number of BBC TV studios and the 'Coronation Street' soap opera set. The area is home to the Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry Arts Centre, while the Lowry Designer Outlet is perfect for picking up a bargain. Restaurant, bars and watersports facilities, with opportunities for open water swimming options, complete the picture. Trams to Media City run every 12 minutes from the city centre and take around 15 minutes. (http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/)

May 2017
May sees the start of the Peak District's tradition of well dressing, during which wells in the towns and villages around Manchester are decorated with images made from flowers and leaves. Music, dancing and drinking are part of the day long celebrations which hail from Roman times. Visitors can take part in the festivities in Swanwick and Etwall during May, with celebrations in Buxton and Derby following later in the summer.

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