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City and climate
|Manchester at Night|
Manchester is the second largest city in England, with a population of
2.6 million people. Manchester lies at the heart of northwest England,
and is the principal city in the area, regarded by many as the capital
Manchester has a reputation for being rainy - we have to admit that it is wise
to bring an umbrella. In September, the temperature falls between 10 -
20°C (2004 average: 13°C).
|A Manufacturing Town by LS Lowry|
Manchester is the world's first industrial city, source of the Industrial Revolution
which has transformed the way of life
throughout the world. Manchester started nearly 2000 years ago as
a Roman settlement, and during the Middle Ages was a small market town.
The city's rapid development occurred during the 18th and 19th
centuries, when it became the centre of the textile manufacturing
industry, leading to its nickname Cottonopolis
manufacturing heyday ended in the mid 20th century and today the heavy
industry has gone. The city now has mixed economy with a balance
between commerce, manufacturing and service industries.
Manchester and science
|The Manchester Mark 1 ("The Baby")|
Manchester was renowned for its advances in engineering, linked to
the cotton industry. The success of the railway link between Manchester
and Liverpool, begun in 1830, led to the development of railways around
the world. The city is also linked to a number of scientific
achievements. John Dalton's work on Atomic theory in 1803 was the
precursor to modern chemistry. It was in the University of Manchester
that Ernest Rutherford split the atom in 1919. The world's first
electronic computer, nicknamed the Baby
was developed in Manchester
Manchester's urban face
reflects the city's industrial heritage. Municipal
buildings are typically grand, Victorian Gothic. Many former warehouse
buildings have been converted into attractive apartment blocks, whilst
retaining the original Victorian façades. The Victorian Central
station e.g. is now an Exhibition Centre,
but still retains its character as a grand station. Not all buildings
are 19th century. A few medieval buildings remained. There is also a
wealth of modern, architecturally interesting buildings, such as the
Bridgewater Hall, the home of the Hallé orchestra. Suggestions for sightseeing
can be found here. If you want to explore Manchester
, many places of interest are within easy walking distance - here are some tips.
Cultural entertainment in Manchester
|The Imperial War Museum|
A brief guide to Manchester's cultural and historical attractions can be found here.
Food and drink in Manchester
|The Old Wellington Inn|
A list of our favourite restaurants, pubs and bars in Manchester city centre is in preparation and can be accessed here.