Manchester is one of the first modern industrial cities known for its warehouses, cotton mills, railway viaducts, canals and iconic architecture. Starting out as a small township Manchester expanded fast at the turn of the 19th century with a boom in textile manufacturing during the industrial revolution, which led to it becoming the world’s first industrialised city.
Transport links within Manchester city make it a popular place to visit, from its port that directly links the city to the Irish sea, Manchester Airport, the busiest outside of London to Manchester Liverpool Road railway station and the Manchester Metrolink, the largest tram system in the UK.
Manchester is well known for its music scene which many popular bands have emerged from. Its main music venue is the Manchester Arena, the largest arena of its type in Europe. Manchester also boasts a thriving theatre, opera and dance scene hosted within the Manchester Opera House, Palace Theatre and Royal Exchange.
The city hosts many sporting events and is well known for its sport with two premier league football clubs Manchester United and Manchester City and in 2002 the city hosted the Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester Stadium.