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Hip, trendy, and full of heart, Manchester is a city that knows what its about, and does it with an unapologetic flair that you can’t help but be charmed by. From the worker bees of the industrial revolution to the outspoken suffragettes of the north, and now to its iconic LGBTQ+ scene, a friendly, inclusive atmosphere has always been a mainstay of Manchester.
Football is an important piece of the Manchester puzzle – and at the heart of it lies a great rivalry between City and United. From what Sir Bobby Charlton aptly termed the “Theatre of Dreams” at Old Trafford to the Etihad Stadium, some of the world’s best football has come from these boroughs. Soak up the atmosphere at a match, or book onto a tour of the grounds for a taste of what makes these places so special to so many fans.
From Oasis to The Smiths – and everything in between – Manchester knows how to do music. While the big names tend to frequent the Manchester Arena, there are plenty of up-and-comers waiting to be discovered in bars and venues across the city, particularly in the eclectic Northern Quarter. This part of town is all about indie record shops, street art, and trendy hipster bars.
When you’re not discovering your favourite new indie band, have a wander around some of the city’s museums. The People’s History Museum is a love letter to the working class, while the Museum of Science and History chronicles the city’s industrial heritage and is a great place to get your geek on for an afternoon.
Every August the city comes alive for Manchester Pride – one of the most iconic Pride celebrations in the UK. With the first celebrations in the city taking place in 1986, Manchester is truly at the heart of the UK’s LGBTQ+ movement.