As one of the biggest metropolises in Britain, Manchester has a lot going on. The city itself has a population of about half a million and the wider Greater Manchester area has over 2.6 million inhabitants.  Known unofficially as the Capital of the North, Manchester has a glittering reputation as the birthplace of some of the best music in the world, having brought us The Smiths, Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Verve, amongst many, many others.

It’s home to the UK’s largest airport outside of London and is, understandably, the most visited city in England aside from the capital. The shopping is fantastic and there are seemingly endless options for entertainment and culture. It’s really no wonder that it’s so popular with British students and tourists.

Manchester’s connections to sport are admired across the globe, and for fans of football, it’s definitely a city with a lot worth seeing. Visit Old Trafford for a tour of Manchester United’s stomping ground. Fans of the Blues can do a tour of the Manchester City Stadium and club.

As you’d expect from such a huge, exciting city, the food scene is brilliant, with countless restaurants to choose from including Simon Rogan’s The French.  Despite many breweries closing down in recent years, there is still a good presence of locally brewed beer in the region. Cask Boddingtons is still brewed in Manchester, and Joseph Holt are still going strong- there’s even been a surge recently in local microbreweries.

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