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Manchester is the third city in England in terms of population and is home to the UK's first Super University. It is a busy city full of opportunity and activities. It is most famous for its musical history, football clubs, shops and vibrant nightlife. It is also only two hours from London by train and accessible from all over the world via England's second biggest airport.
Manchester is most well-known for its football teams - Manchester United and Manchester City. Football pitches can be found all over the city, as well as sports centres and gyms for tennis, squash, aerobics, swimming and more. Manchester's Northern Quarter is popular for different dance classes, yoga and pilates. There is also the velodrome for cycling and the MEN, which is home to basketball games and ice hockey. The Lancashire cricket ground is close to Old Trafford football stadium and rugby i also very popular in the city.
It is said that dance music began in Manchester and this city has such a rich history and present of musical talent. It is home to some of the all time great bands such as The Smiths, Oasis, The Doves and New Order. There are many venues for concerts, including the MEN, The Deaf Institute, Manchester Academy, The Bridgewater Hall and The Apollo. The smaller venues are also great for live music and most of these can be found in the Northern Quarter - The Ruby Lounge, Matt and Phreds, The Roadhouse and Night and Day.
Manchester has a never-ending amount of shops. The city centre has the Arndale and Market Street with all the big high street names. A 20 minute bus ride can bring you to the Trafford Centre, which has hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, cinema and other entertainment.
Manchester city centre has four main theatres where you can find a range of comedy, musicals, plays and pantomimes. These include The Opera House, The Palace Theatre, The Royal Exchange and the Library Theatre.
The University of Manchester is one of the UK's top universities and Manchester Metropolitan is now emerging as leading in some subjects. The universities are located on Oxford Road, which means this road is permanently full of people in the cafes, bars and shops. With around 85,000 students, this means that Manchester also has a very vibrant nightlife!
Castlefield is the roman area of the city and where Manchester began. Here can be found remnants of the Roman walls mixed with the more modern signs of the Industrial Revolution. This is a beautiful area of the city with bridges over canals, boats on the water, open air theatre and people sitting outside in the numerous bars and cafes. On a summer's day, it is difficult to find a space in Castlefield's cobbled streets.
The Northern Quarter
This is Manchester's 'alternative' area, almost like a village on its own. Located just behind Piccadilly, these streets are home to the Arts and Craft Centre, the Buddhist Centre and The Muslim Youth Foundation. There are also many cafes, bars and restaurants which are different from the usual high street chains. This is also the place to go for great live music.
This is just after the university's student area and is extremely multicultural with many Indian curry restaurants, African shops and Arabic shesha lounges. This street is proof of Manchester's diversity and some of the best food can be eaten here.
This is the city's newest area, a business district with the most expensive shops and some very classy restaurants and bars. In the summer, there is an open air cinema and in the winter, an ice-skating rink.