A Travel Guide To City Of Manchester, United Kingdom


Manchester in all its glory

The second most visited city in the United Kingdom and has a rich history. It is a centre of arts, media, higher education and commerce.
Manchester, the so-called “Capital of the North”, is situated in the south-central part of North West England and has a population of 458 100. It is the second most visited city in the United Kingdom and has a rich history. It is a centre of arts, media, higher education and commerce. Since 2002 the city has undergone an urban renaissance and now it is a thriving and energetic city that offers trendsetting music and fashion, friendly local pubs, over 90 museums and art galleries, great football, Modern and Victorian architecture. Manchester is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and the currency used is the British Pound. Manchester has a great, reliable public transport system that includes trains, a Metrolink tram system, buses and taxis. There are free city shuttle buses that connect the four main railway stations and bus terminals. With all the types of transport available to locals and tourist alike, getting around Manchester is a breeze.

Manchester has a temperate maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. Summer is from June through August with temperatures reaching mid 20°C’s. Summer and autumn are the best times of year for visiting Manchester. and is the best time of year to visit this city.

Heaton Park The park is owned by the Manchester City Council and is situated about 4 miles north of the city centre and provides a vast amount of things to see and do, which will let you coming back for more. The park also contains a animal center, which is open all year round.!





The Victoria University of Manchester was founded as Owens College back in 1851 while UMIST's roots can be traced back to 1824.
These two great institutes operated in conjunction with each other for more than 100 years and initially decided to combine to form a single university on 22 October 2004.

which led to the founding of The Victoria University of Manchester, England's first civic university. As Manchester emerged as the world's first industrial city, businessmen and industrialist started the Mechanic's Institute to learn their workers the basic principles of science. These universities worked alongside each other and became a large and active force by 1905. In 1955 the UMIST achieved independent university status and although they work together to the advantage of all, these two institutions merged in October 2004 to form The University of Manchester.

In total, The University of Manchester has produced 25 Nobel prize winners such as Ernest Rutherford, Professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov. Ernest Rutherford is well known for its pioneer research which led to the splitting of the atom while professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010.

Vision for the future
The University of Manchester has conducted a bold and exciting plan - the Manchester 2015 Agenda, to make this

Many old famous and well known people institution on of the top 25 universities in the studies either at UMIST or The Victoria world. With the merging of the above University of Manchester such as Sir Terry mentioned institution in October 2004, it Leahy, the Chief Executive of Tesco, Anna presented a unique opportunity to rethink the Ford, which is well known as a TV newsreader, idea of modern education and university and comedian Ben Elton, pioneer of flight Arthur provide a blueprint for the future. This vision Witten-Brown and the famous novelist, will demand energy, commitment and superb execution from its leaders. Anthony Burgess.


Goals that the institution identified are: Research Higher learning Social responsibility Quality people A reputation for excellence Quality management World-class infrastructure Environmental sustainability Internationally competitive funding

• • merchant, bequeathed an amount of £96 942. • This money's purpose was the founding of an • • college for the education of males and non- • sectarian lines. In 1880 the college was • established and Royal Charter was granted, • • In 1846 John Owens, a Manchester textile

History of the University of Manchester
The University of Manchester was created when The Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST combined to form a powerful new force in British Higher Education.

The University of Manchester!





Manchester Art Gallery - A World Class Gallery
With over 400 000 visitors each year, Manchester Art Gallery is one of the most popular cultural destinations in the region. £35 million was used to refurbish and expand the art gallery to transform it into a world-class gallery for Manchester between the years of 1998 and 2002. After the gallery was updated and upgraded, it has won numerous awards and gained a national reputation as a gallery with high quality and audience focused services. Designated as important national artwork, Manchester Art Gallery houses many of the city's most important fine and decorative artworks. Although the gallery houses over six centuries up to present day collections, it is especially renowned for its 19th century British paintings. Among these many artwork in the collection are Pre-Raphaelite works and the impressionistic paintings of Adolphe Valette. Visiting the Manchester Art Gallery, you will be greeted with a diverse programme of changing exhibitions that ranges from historic to cutting edge contemporary art, photography design, decorative art and also family friendly exhibitions. With a range of family-friendly facilities and year-round events it offers families the opportunity to learn more about the gallery's collection and art in general. Including in the services brochure that Manchester Art Gallery provides are tours, talks and workshops for adult learners and programmes for schools, colleges and community groups. Although Manchester Art Gallery houses such a unique variety of art work in their collection, they also offer a cafe to relax after a long day's tour through the gallery and also a shop where visitors are able to shop for related gifts and cards. Other services that Manchester Art Gallery provides is venue hire, commercial filming, weddings and civil ceremonies just to name a few. The art gallery even provide services such as corporate memberships to a Manchester Art Gallery Friend, which will allow anyone to become more involved or support the art gallery. Admission to the Manchester Art Gallery is free

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm!




Chetham's Library is the oldest public library in the Englishspeaking world, founded in 1653.
Humphrey Chetham, a prosperous Manchester textile merchant, banker and landowner, established the library in 1653. A school for forty poor boys and five chained libraries to be placed in local churches was provisioned by Chetham. In August 1655 the library started acquiring books and has been ever since. The library not only houses a fine collection for early printed books but also contains a wealth of ephemera, manuscript diaries, letters and deeds, prints, paintings and glass lanternslides. The building which houses the Chetham's Library are much older than the library itself. It was built in 1421 and accommodated a college of priests. This building remains the oldest medievil complex that survived in the north west of England and creates a unique atmosphere for readers and visitors alike due to its beautiful old sandstone buildings together with the magnificent library interior. When the library was founded, there was still now independent study facilities and thus twenty four governors, appointed by Chetham, set out to acquire a major collection of books and manuscripts. Chetham's dream was that

this collection will cover a whole range of available knowledge and would rival college libraries such as Oxford and Cambridge. To choose the best books and manuscripts to be archived in the library, three governors was nominated. A single London bookseller sold most of the early acquisitions and these collections was tightly packed into old barrels to protect them on their journey. The library acquired a lot of books on theology, law, history, medicine and science and also a impressive collection of manuscripts in the first 30 years after the library was founded. Doctors, lawyers and clergy of Manchester and surrounding towns was therefore meet with the needs of such materials. In the modern age, the library still continues expanding its collection. Material on a wide range of local subject matter, the library specialises in the history and topography of Greater Manchester and Lancashire. In the will of Humphrey Chetham of 1651, it was stipulated that the library should be 'for the use of scholars and others well affected' and instructed the librarian 'to enquire nothing of any man that cometh into the library' making it a free public library for over 350 years and continues to be both a significant centre for study and research and a deservedly popular tourist destination.


Chetham’s Library & School of Music!




a screen fastened to the tailpiece. Unfortunately the observatory is very close to the city centre, which does not permit good views of deep-sky objects.

The Lowry Art Complex
The Lowry Art Complex is situated at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays in Greater Manchester. The Lowry has a unique and dynamic identity and is an architectural flagship. With its glass and metallic surfaces it reflects the surrounding landscapes and flourishing waterways. The Lowry Art Complex opened their doors on 28 April 2000 and allows for a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one big roof. The aim of the Lowry Art Complex is to give everyone access to new areas of creativity and embrace its broad community. With its two main theaters (1 730 & 466 seats) and a studio space for performing arts (180 seats) it presents a full range of shows and gallery spaces that showcases the artwork of LS Lowry together with contemporary exhibitions. Access to the Art Complex encourages visitors to explore and enjoy the wide variety of facilities housed within it by means of an open ramped route with dramatic views, which connects the theatre foyer and gallery spaces. With its restaurant, cafes and bars situated alongside the southern side of the building, it allows for spectacular waterside views and overlooks the expansive Manchester Ship Canal. The Lowry Art Complex creates opportunities for social interaction within the community and generate a spirit of anticipation making it a "must see" tourist attraction. The Lowry Art Gallery is not just a venue, but a destination as it creates a stimulation environment for education, recreation and creativity.

People’s History Museum
The People's History Museum got its name from the Trade Union, Labour and Cooperative History Society and was formed from the 1960's. The society ran a museum in Limehouse Town Hall in London between the years of 1975 and 1986 after which the collection was stored until the Greater Manchester authorities made a funding offer, which in its turn created a trust and enabled the museum to re-open in 1990. The galleries was opened in the Pump House in Bridge street during the month of May in 1994. The only surviving Edwardian hydraulic pumping station in the city was used to power the warehouse and was also used to wound the Town Hall clock as well as raising the curtain at the Opera House. The museum was known both by the National Museum of Labour History and the Pump House People's History Museum and changed to one name in 2001 allowing the museum to embrace the whole organisation: People's History Museum. The museum closed it doors in 2007 for the public to allow a re-development scheme to shape it into a bigger and better People's Museum. The museum re-opened its doors on 13 February 2010. This re-development project was culminated at an amount of about £12,5 million, making this the biggest transformation the museum has gone through.

Museum Of Science & Industry
The Liverpool Road Station is one of the world’s oldest surviving railway stations. It closed it doors in 1844 after passenger services was re-routed to Hunt’s Bank Station (now Victoria Station). As a goods station it operated until 1975 until the British Rail closed it for good. In 1978 the Greater Manchester Council bought the 1830 part of the Liverpool Road Station for a token sum of £1 to enable it to house the Museum of Science & Industry, which quickly outgrew its temporary premises on Grosvenor Street. The Council later bought the eastern end of the station. On 15 September 1983 the Liverpool and Manchester Railway celebrated their 153rd anniversary and as part of the anniversary the museum opened at its new site.

Godlee Observatory
In 1903 the Godlee Observatory together with the telescope, was presented to the City of Manchester by Francis Godlee. The observatory are accessed by a spiral staircase from the G-floor of the Sackville Building, University of Manchester and one climb up past the massive telescope pier supported by immense steel I-beams that span the observatory tower. The observatory has free access to members since 1946, which is equipped an 8" refractor, counterbalanced by a 12" Newtonian reflector. It allows for moon and brighter views including the sun projected as a 15" disk onto

The People's Museum is a charity company with 15 trustees. The museum works independently and has no affiliation to any political parties or organisation. The People's Museum was awarded a designated status by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), recognising the museum as having preeminent collections of national importance. This status was given to the museum in 1998. The museum is also accredited by Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) as a national museum.

Eastwood RSPB Reserve
The Eastwood RSPB Reserver is run by the Chesire WIldlife Trust. This woodlanded is bisected by Acres Brook and contains several old mill ponds on its steep-sided broadleveled landscape. The reserve is made up out of shale and sandstone and contains rich variety of plants and animals The reserve occupies an area of 4,7 hectares (11,6 acres) and accessed from the A6018 Mottram road. The Stalybridge Celtic Football Club car park allow visitors to securely park their vehicles while they enjoy the scenery of the reserve.!




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