Manchester is a
very large city in England. The main city has a population of around
450,000 while the entire Greater Manchester Urban Area totals over 2
million people. Overall, this makes Manchester's entire urban area
the third biggest conurbation in the United Kingdom.
Historically, Manchester was one of the worlds first ever
industrialised cities and play a vital role in the Industrial
Revolution. Manchester is renowned for its role in the textile and
cotton industries and during the 19th century gained the nickname
Manchester has many famous and popular landmarks. Manchester Town
Hall displays a fine example of gothic revival and the CIS Tower
(near Manchester Victoria Station) towers above the Manchester
The north Manchester region contains many of the cities monuments
including monuments of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Duke of
Manchester has two universities. The University of Manchester has
over 40,000 students and is the largest full-time kingdom in the
United Kingdom. The other university is Manchester Metropolitan
University with around 32,000 students.
Manchester has two Premiership football teams, Manchester United and
Manchester City. The two teams have a fierce rivalry with the
Manchester Derby often proving to be a highlight for the teams fans.
Manchester United play at the 76,000 seater Old Trafford stadium
while Manchester City play at the newly built City of Manchester
Manchester has superb transport links to much of the United Kingdom
and abroad. Manchester Airport is one of the United Kingdom's
busiest airports and servers over 20 million passengers every year.
Planes from Manchester Airport fly to many destinations including
Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.
By rail, Manchester Piccadilly is the popular choice. The station is
the busiest train station outside London in terms of sheer passenger
numbers. Several bus services operate in the city ranging from inner
town services to more wide reaching operators who connect Manchester
with the outer towns and villages.
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