Often referred to as the North of England's capital, Manchester is one of the country's most visited cities. And it's not hard to see why. Not only does Manchester boast an incredibly rich musical history and a thriving music scene, it's also one of the top UK cities in terms of shopping. You're never far from the nearest mall or shop-lined street. Sports fanatics will be in their element too, as this city is home to the wildly popular Manchester United soccer club.
It's not all about bands, balls and bags of shopping, though. Here you'll find a large number of fascinating (and often free) museums and art galleries. These include the Manchester Art Gallery, the Manchester Museum, John Ryland's Library, and Museum of Science and Industry. Other notable attractions include Manchester Cathedral, St. Ann's Church and the towering Manchester Wheel in Exchange Square.
Manchester covers around 45 square miles and has a population of over 450,000 people, with over 2.2 million living in the Greater Manchester Urban Area. The people who live in Manchester are known as Mancunians. Throughout the city you'll find a large number of bars and restaurants catering to both the locals and the large numbers of visitors who make their way to this city each year.
It's a great city for just strolling around, with many of the main attractions well-signposted and easily accessible on foot. If you get tired, there's a great public transport system to be taken advantage of. All in all, a friendly city that's definitely worth a visit.