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Touring Greater Manchester

Manchester Street View courtesy Cleveland Cam The county of Greater Manchester is one of the largest metropolitan areas in England and is made up of ten metropolitan boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Salford and Manchester.

Transportation to the city is easy as it is a crossroads for trains, and the busy station reflects that. Itís also home to an international airport that beats Londonís Heathrow airport in every way for comfort and convenience.

Manchester was the centre of a cotton trade with the American colonies, but its mills have long since closed. Its prosperity in those times is reflected in the Georgian and Victorian buildings that followed on the wealth of local families.

Manchester Town Hall by Barbara Ballard The milennium was a signal for Manchester to revitalize itself. The downtown centre and the area along the river have especially benefited. In the Albert Square is the Town Hall, Gothic in style and built from 1868-77, it is an extravagant civic building. The octagonal tower is 286 feet high. The building is enhanced by a hammerbeam roof in its Great Hall, and 12 pre-Raphaelite style murals of Manchester.

Air Museum exterior by Barbara Ballard Other attractions include the city art gallery, constructed in the 19th century and now restored. The Pumphouse Peopleís History museum gives you the social history of Manchesterís working people. The Castlefield area was the centre of a canal system in the 18th century. The Castlefield Urban Heritage Park tells about Manchester from Roman times and has reconstructed a north gate and west wall on their original site.

Museum of Science old cotton machinery by Barbara Ballard The first passenger train station in the world, Liverpool Road, was built in Manchester and now houses a museum of Science and Industry. Themed galleries and exhibitions include computers, photography, steam engines, electricity, air and space, gas, water, and cotton.

Other museums are the National Football Museum, the Gallery of Costume, the Police Museum (set in a Victorian police station), the Jewish Museum, the Museum of Transport, and the Quays and Manchester Ship Canal. One of Manchesterís best known tourist draws was the Granada Studios, where the TV soap Coronation Street was filmed. It is no longer is open to the public.

The Imperial War Museum North is a modern aluminum building with exhibits taking advantage of all the latest technical innovations. The focus is on the people involved in wars. Manchester has a local nature reserve, Chorlton Water Park. Canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and model boating are offered.

Manchester Cathedral by Barbara Ballard Manchesterís cathedral consists of six bays forming a nave, the widest of any of Englandís churches. Take note of the medieval choir screenís woodcarving, the misericords (c1500), and the stalls and canopies.

People who live in Manchester are known as Mancunians.

Manchester Attractions

For opening times and full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Chorlton Water Park
Maitland Ave, Chorlton, Manchester
Tel. 0 161 881 5639

Imperial War Museum North
The Quays, Trafford Wharf Rd, Trafford Park
Tel. 0161 877 9240
Web: Imperial War Museum

Manchester Cathedral
Victoria St, Manchester
Tel. 0 161 833 2220
Web: Manchester Cathedral

Manchester City Hall
Albert Square, Manchester
Tel. 0 161 234 5000

Manchester Jewish Museum
190 Cheetham Hill Rd
Tel. 0 161 832 9879
Open: Mon-Thu, 10.30am-4.30pm, Sun until 5pm

Manchester Museum
Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester
Tel. 0 161 275 2634
Web: Manchester Museum

Manchester Police Museum
Newton Street
Tel. 0 161 856 3287
Open: Tue, 10.30am-3.30pm

Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester
Tel. 0 161 832 2244
Web: Web: Museum of Science and Industry
Open: daily, 10am-5pm

Museum of Transport
Boyle St, Cheetham, Manchester
Tel. 0 161 205 2122
Open: Sat, Sun, Wed and BH, 10am-5pm

National Football Museum
Urbis Building, Manchester
Tel. 0161 870 9275
Web: National Football Museum

Peopleís History Museum
Left Bank, Bridge St, Manchester
Tel. 0 161 228 7212
Web: Peopleís History Museum
Open: Tue-Sun, 11am-4.30pm

Greater Manchester Tourist Information Centres

Town Hall, Victoria Square
Greater Manchester
Tel. 0 1204 334 400

The Met Arts Centre
Market Street
Bury, Greater Manchester
Tel. 0 161 253 5111

Manchester Visitor Information Centre
45-50 Piccadilly Plaza, Portland Street
Manchester, M1 4AJ
Tel. 0 871 222 8223

Manchester Town Hall
Manchester Visitor Centre
Town Hall Extension
Lloyd St, Manchester
Tel. 0 871 222 8223

Manchester Airport
Terminal 2, International Arrivals Hall
Manchester, Greater Manchester
Tel. 0 871 222 8223

Manchester Airport
Terminal 1, International Arrivals Hall
Manchester, Greater Manchester
Tel. 0 871 222 8223

12 Albion Street
Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 3BD
Tel. 0 161 627 1024

Saddleworth Museum
High Street, Uppermill
Saddleworth, Oldham
Tel. 0 1457 870 336

1 The Quays
Salford, Greater Manchester
Tel. 0 161 848 8601

Staircase House
30 Market Place Stockport
Greater Manchester, SK1 1ES
Tel. 0161 474 4444

Trencherfield Mill
Wallgate, Wigan
Tel. 0 1942 825 677

To stay in Manchester: Arora International Hotel Manchester

Photos by Barbara Ballard except first photo courtesy Cleveland Cam

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