Original and modern. That's the city's strap line, encapsulating a unique combination of proud history and cutting edge modernism.

Elaborate Victorian warehouses, now converted for new uses, sit comfortably alongside gleaming glass and steel edifices. As the birthplace of both the industrial revolution and the computer, Manchester is indeed the world's original modern city.

The people of Manchester are genuine, down to earth and friendly, yet also progressive and always keen to push forward the boundaries of their culture and lifestyle. And you won't find a more 'sport-mad' city anywhere on the planet!

The chances are that if you are looking at this website you have already decided to pay a visit. Whether for business or pleasure, you're bound to enjoy all the city has to offer. What you see here should convince you if you are still wondering whether to come.

  • Sport

    Sport is an essential part of the life of most Mancunians. Two world class football clubs, the home of cycling's 'medal factory', several indoor arenas and the home of Lancashire cricket.

  • Galleries

    Collections of international, national nd local importance include Manchester Art Gallery, the more contemporary Whitworth Gallery, the new HOME space and The Lowry - dedicated to Manchester's favourite.

  • Eat and Drink

    You'll be overwhelmed by the choice - real city local pubs, family restaurants, trendy canalside bars, diverse international cuisine, and clubs open until the early hours.

  • Heritage

    Victorian grandeur built at the peak of the Manchester's 'Cottonopolis' reign , the living history of the canal network, in a city that has retained much from the past whilst building the future

  • Shopping

    The massive Arndale and Trafford Centre 'shopping paradises', together with designer boutique areas, more Bohemian alternatives and the diverse offering of Deansgate itself.

  • Music & Theatre

    Two venues for touring theatre shows, the Royal Exchange for original productions, HOME and the Contact offer alternative venues, together with a diverse range of venues for classical, jazz and modern music.

  • Festivals

    The city centre has a series of high profile festivals and events throughout the year, including the acclaimed International Festival, the Jazz Festival, Food festivals, Christmas markets and the Pride celebrations.

  • Museums & Libraries

    Including the amazing Museum of Science and Industry, natural history and more at the Manchester Museum, the National Football Museum and world famous libraries such as John Rylands and the Central Library.

  • Media

    Take a Metrolink tram to MediaCityUK, new home of the BBC and ITV, including fascinating studio tours and with numerous shopping, leisure and restaurants to choose from.