Manchester, North West England is the fastest growing city in the United Kingdom, and is the third most popularly visited city after London and Edinburgh. Manchester began as a mill town and is the first industrialised city in the world, factors such as milder climate, closeness to the ports of Liverpool and water power from rivers and coal reserves made Manchester an ideal industrial site. The locals in Manchester call themselves Mancunians.
Manchester has one national museum, The People?s Museum, opened in 2010, dedicated to the history of British democracy. The exhibits are interactive and they have a unique riverside cafe that lets the river current inside. The city is the birthplace of socialism, it is where Marx and Engels first wrote the Communist Manifesto. The best spot for cultural immersion in Manchester is Oxford Road where museums, galleries and theatres line-up one after the other. Here you will find the Cornerhouse, a contemporary art complex, the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Manchester Museum, and the campus of the University of Manchester.
The Manchester International Festival is held in the city twice a year. They invite up and coming artists as well as well known performers. Other festivals in the city include a music festival, electronic experimental music festival and an arts festival. Manchester United fans should head straight to the stadium for behind-the-scenes tours. While those who prefer the Manchester City Football Club can go to the City of Manchester Stadium for tours instead. Do not miss the National Football Museum which houses FIFA and FA collections.
Get around Manchester by Metrolink, bus, car, and by bike. Get bus timetables and routes at the Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill interchange. Train and tram tickets are discounted if you ride during off-peak hours, after 9:30 and off-peak days.