Known as both the capital of the North and the world’s 1st industrial city, Manchester is a bustling diverse region. It is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. Situated in northwest England Greater Manchester is bounded by the Pennines mountains to its north and by the Cheshire Plains in the south. The region encompasses over 100 boroughs.
Visitors might want to make the Visitor Information Centre on Picadilly Square their first stop to collect maps and learn what discounts are available for their destinations. Most of the museums are free, and there are a lot of them, including Imperial War, Police, Science and Industry, People’s History, Art Galleries, Football and a celebrated Jewish museum.
Whether you want to visit the Bohemian north quarter, the millennium quarter (home to the famous Urbis building) or the waterfront restaurants in the south you won’t run out of things to do. If you are wondering about tipping in the restaurants, locals say it’s proper to tip around 10%. In pubs it isn’t necessary to tip at all, but customers frequently tell the server to keep the change. If you prefer to have a guided tour, there are plenty of walking, bus, and city tours of the region.
Interesting places to visit include a real Concorde jet tour. Visitors can choose among several ways to tour the jet, among them a tour that includes a roast beef dinner. An enjoyable day might also be spent touring the Fairfield Moravian Settlement or the Hack Green Nuclear Bunker with its underground tunnels and rooms. Kids may like the Stockley Farm Park and the Chester Zoo. There are also waterparks and a Legoland in the area.
There is a thriving gay community in Manchester. The LGBT Pride festival is held in August each year. Events held within the village require a paid-for band, though you can watch the parade for free.
The most costly accommodations are located in the City Centre. There you will find luxury, chain and boutique hotels that are most expensive during the week when they cater to business travelers. It is important to note that during the football season all of the lodgings in the region fill up quickly including the B&B’s and the Victorian guesthouses. There are some hostels in the region. Some may be located under the category shared apartments. Visitors will want to inquire if the hostel supplies bedding and towels. Most will have free wi-fi and breakfast. Don’t forget to bring your own padlock if you plan to lodge in a hostel.
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Manchester is the best place in to shop at outside of London in England. There are tons of shops. Visit the Printworks, which is a collection of bars, pubs, and a movie theatre all under one roof. Try out the bars near the University of Manchester if you are looking for a younger crowd.