Manchester, England is a modern metropolis with plenty to see, do and experience. Situated in the north of England, Manchester is Britain's second city, with world-class cultural landmarks, bustling bars, pubs and some of the best restaurants in Europe. But that's not all. Take a trip to Manchester and experience some of the best museums, galleries and shopping in the country. 

Things to see

Manchester's skyline is becoming taller and denser, and contemporary office blocks and skyscrapers are being constructed. Beetham Tower, the largest residential tower in the UK, dominates the city's skyline and is situated in the beating heart of the city.

If you're a football fan, you'll love Manchester - home to Manchester United and Manchester City, two of Europe's best-loved teams, each with an army of ardent supporters from around the world. Old Trafford, Manchester United's impressive stadium, offers tours of the grounds and has a museum dedicated to the world's most famous football team. 

Things to do

Manchester is jam packed full of some of the finest restaurants in Europe, with eateries serving local dishes and food from around the world. If shopping's more your thing, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied. Many of the city's central neighborhoods have department stores, boutiques and independent stores selling everything you could imagine. Take a trip to Media City, a new modern complex home to some of the country's most famous television studios. This is the home of the BBC's and ITV's northern headquarters, with state-of-the-art facilities for TV, film and radio. 

At the heart of Media City is the set for Coronation Street, the world's longest-running soap opera and one of Britain's biggest cultural exports. The show, which airs in scores of countries around the world, offers tours of the old set before the program relocated to Media City. Many shows filmed in the complex are performed live in front of an audience. Why not book a free ticket and experience the action for yourself? For more entertainment, head over to the Manchester Arena, one of the country's premier music and arts venues. Some of the world's biggest stars have played here and the arena has a varied program throughout the year.

Things to experience 

If you're a history buff, you'll find plenty of cultural treasures in magnificent Manchester, including the Museum of Science and Industry, which is located in a building constructed in the 1800s. Other must-sees include John Rylands Library and the Manchester Art Gallery, home to an array of art that will take your breath away. The Midland is one of the city' most beloved hotels, and has a long and interesting history. 

Manchester has an excellent public transportation system, which will transport you across the city to various neighborhoods and cultural hotspots. Jump on the city's tram network and explore the best of Manchester or take a train and explore further afield. The city is close to the Peak District, a stunning natural landscape that embodies the Great British Outdoors. Come here for a day trip and explore rolling hills and natural wonders - whatever the weather!