Manchester is the second most populous city in the UK. Manchester holds a special spot in the history of the UK - from its past as a Roman fort, its role in the Industrial Revolution and its contribution to the arts - Manchester is definitely an exciting city to visit.

Manchester Culture


Manchester is in fact home to a rich history. Once a part of the Roman province of Britannia, Manchester's Castlefield area was the site of the the Mamucium, a Roman fort built around 79 AD. For 400 years, Romans settled the area around the fort. In the centuries that followed the Mamucium became derelict until recently when the fort along with the rest of Castlefield was reconstructed into what is now an Urban Heritage Park.

Manchester & Music

Manchester can lay claim to many musicians and bands that have had an unforgettable influence on popular music. Joy Division (and later New Order), The Smiths, Oasis and The Verve are just some of the bands that have hailed from Manchester. Manchester still has a thriving live music scene, which you shouldn't miss.

Manchester Attractions

There are many places to see and things to do in Manchester. Make sure you visit these landmarks when you travel to Manchester.

The Lowry

The Lowry is located at Salford Quays in Greater Manchester. The Lowry is a combined performing and visual arts centre that houses two theatres and a studio. The Lowry building itself is a great example of modern architecture and is a great place to visit as it hosts many plays, dance groups, musicals, concerts, comedians and art exhibitions that travel through Manchester.

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall is a Grade I listed building, which means Manchester Town Hall signifies great cultural, historical and architectural importance in England. Manchester Town Hall is an imposing building located in Manchester's Albert Square, with its neo-Gothic style and 85 metre high bell tower. Inside are the equally famous murals by Ford Maddox Brown detailing life in Victorian Manchester.

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral is also a Grade I listed building, meaning the cathedral holds great cultural, historical and architectural significance in the area. The Manchester Cathedral, located in Cathedral Yard, is one of the oldest cathedrals in Machester and holds many historical artefacts including some of the finest medieval woodcarvings and misericords in Europe, as well as travelling exhibitions.

Castlefield Urban Heritage Park

Take a walk through Castlefield Urban Heritage Park and it's like walking into Mancheter's past, even though it's located off busy Liverpool Road. Take a walk or boat trip in the canals and see the Roman fort, Mamucium, and archaeological digs standing alongside restored Victorian houses and railway viaducts from the Industrial Revolution. However, Castlefield Urban Heritage Park stays undoubtedly modern with a new Outdoor Events Arena which hosts the annual Castlefield Carnival, concerts and exhibitions.

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