Eye on Manchester is Manchester’s very own blog site. Here we write about the best places to visit in Manchester, what’s new and what you can look forward to in the region!
Greater Manchester is in the historic county of Lancashire and located in the Northwest of England, United Kingdom.
This thriving city has a long and rich history which stems right back to the 1st century. Manchester has since left its mark on the world by the means of the textile manufacturing industry during the industrial revolution.
Later, Manchester survived both world wars and during the second of which was very damaged by the bombings during the infamous “Manchester Blitz”.
Post-War Manchester was forced to rebuild itself and through doing so quickly returned to its status as being one of the most popular and influential British cities.
As such an influential part of the UK, it’s no surprise that thousands of students flock here every year to join the well-recognised universities in the area. As well as having a huge student population, a huge rate of population growth has lead to a racially varied demographic too.
A little-known but interesting fact about the demographics in Manchester is that there is a disproportionately high number of gay and lesbian people in the area, compared to other areas throughout Britain.
Geographically, Manchester is located in the NorthWest of England and is comprised of the following areas:
- City Centre, Manchester
- Ashton in Makerfield
- Cheadle Hulme
- Platt Bridge, Wigan
- Shaw and Crompton
The climate in Manchester is a temperate Oceanic climate which means that we experience mild winters and summers.
It’s thought that due to global warming, we now experience temperatures over 30c in the summer and in the winter we rarely fall below the freezing point.
Manchester is renowned for its excellent transport links, meaning that you’ll never have trouble travelling from point A to B.
Manchester boasts one of the most comprehensive bus networks outside of the London area, with a total of 50 bus companies making the most of this region.
As the third most popular airport in the United Kingdom, Manchester Airport is an International airport which will let you fly out of Manchester to countries all around the globe.
The world’s first purpose-built passenger and goods railway station Manchester Liverpool Road and since then has expanded to be quite possibly the best way to reach Manchester from locations further afield.
The first city in the UK to adopt the tram, or “Metrolink“, was Manchester. Since then this network has also expanded and is still doing so to this day.
You can use the Metrolink to commute across the city or even to some towns within the Greater Manchester region.
Manchester is probably best known for it’s contributions to the music industry, with numerous big name bands hailing from Manchester; these include:
- The Smiths
- Joy Division
- New Order
- The Stone Roses
- The Fall
- Godley & Creme
- The Verve
- The Charlatans
- M People
- The 1975
- Simply Red
- Take That
- Everything Everything
- The Outfield
- Happy Mondays
- Inspiral Capets
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Whilst the global movement towards television may have taken theatre down a notch in terms of popularity, the performing arts scene in Manchester is still very much alive to this day.
Opera, Dance and Theatre are all thriving in Manchester so make sure to check out which performances are available before you next come up.
The most popular theatres in Manchester are:
- Manchester Opera House
- The Palace Theatre
- The Royal Exchange Theatre
- Contact Theatre
- Z-Arts (Hulme)
- The Dancehouse
ART & History
One great reason to visit Manchester is the abundance of art galleries and museums in the area, most of which are free or available to visit at a low cost.
Art Galleries in Manchester include:
- Manchester Art Gallery
- Whitworth Art Gallery
- Islington Mill
- Castlefield Gallery
- The Manchester Costume Gallery, Platt Fields
- The Lowry Art Centre
Museums in Manchester include:
- The National Football Museum, Urbis
- The People’s History Museum
- The Manchester Jewish Museum
- The Museum of Science and Industry
- The Museum of Transport
- Imperial War Museum North
- The Manchester Museum
Bars & Restaurants
Manchester boasts some of the best dating and nightlife opportunities throughout the UK.
Michelin Star restaurants and thriving clubs make Manchester the place to be for those looking for a fantastic evening in the NorthWest.
Read as we discuss the best bars in Manchester, the most exquisite restaurants in Manchester and where you can find the most attractive escorts Manchester can provide to keep you company during your stay.