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Manchester, United Kingdom Vacations

Our Opinion of Manchester


Manchester is a dramatic mix of old and new. The futuristic design and innovative shapes of its contemporary architecture sit side by side with the spires and grinning gargoyles of its proud past. The city does possess many remarkable buildings, such as its famous Gothic Revival Town Hall, which opened in 1877. Close by is the lovely cupola-topped central library, one of the largest in Europe. Manchester Cathedral, for its part, was built in the 15th century, and finally, the John Rylands University Library, which houses a beautiful Gothic Revival building built in the late 19th century, showcases precious books and rare manuscripts.
The city also has its share of noteworthy museums, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, which reveals the rich industrial past of Manchester, considered as the first industrial city in the world. Its 15 exhibit rooms display such objects as weaving looms and locomotives. The Manchester Museum showcases impressive collections of objects from all over the world. Football-lovers are probably already familiar with the well-known Manchester United team, so why not take this opportunity to visit the Manchester United Museum and Tour Centre at the Old Trafford stadium? If you prefer simply stretching out your legs, Greater Manchester offers some 130 parks that are ideal for a leisurely stroll.

Things to know about Manchester, United Kingdom Vacations

Dining & Nightlife
Music of all kinds, café-bars, pubs and nightclubs are a top priority in Manchester. Revellers actually come from faraway places just to party, bar-hop, or enjoy theatre here. Public sites such as the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Palace Theatre, the Greater Manchester Exhibition and Event Centre, the Bridgewater Hall and the Nynex Arena present shows almost every night. The city also has its share of festivals, such as the Boddington Festival of the Arts and Mardi Gras. 
Manchester is a shoppers' paradise offering the ultimate in choice, from designer chic to antiques and crafts,specialist to second-hand, within compact pedestrian areas that are easy to find your way around. Seek out rare finds at Saturday's Tib Street fashion market. Browse vintage boutiques and explore the record shops in Manchester's Northern Quarter for one-off promos. For a more indulgent shop, head to the likes of Harvey Nichols.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 7 hrs.
Calgary: Approximately 9 hrs.
Vancouver: Approximately 9.5 hrs.
Languages: English 
Currency: Pound (GBP)
Climate: Temperate maritime climate, like much of the British Isles, with relatively cool summers and mild winters. There is regular but generally light precipitation throughout the year.
Electricity: The standard electrical voltage in Britain is 240 v AC, 50HZ. A three square pronged adapter plug and/or electric converter for appliances is required.
A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the United Kingdom. The passport should be valid for at least the expected duration of stay in the country. For all other nationalities, consult your consulate or tourist board for details. makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.