Manchester was not only the birthplace of the industrial revolution but also the computer, the football league and not forgetting classic British TV show, Top of the Pops! There are plenty of historic attractions and heritage in Manchester and it's surrounding area such as Manchester Cathedral and Adlington Hall.
Museums & Galleries
Manchester has so many museums and galleries on offer to those visiting the city. From showcasing classic art, or the history of football, Manchester has it all! Museums in Manchester include:
- The Imperial War Museum North - explores the impact of modern conflicts on people and society
- The Lowry - a waterside building housing theatres, galleries, restaurants and bars
- Museum of Science Industry - focuses on science, technology and industry
- National Football Museum
- People's History Museum - the UK's national centre for the collection, conservation of material relating to the history of working people in the UK
- The Whitworth Gallery - has 55,000 items in its collection
Parks & Gardens
Despite Manchester's sprawling urban area, there's plenty of space to relax. Manchester is home to stunning parks and gardens such as Heaton Park - which has a boating lake, child-friendly attractions, three cafes plus much more!
But don't forget about the incredible countryside nearby! The stunning landscape is perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding. There are loads of walking routes and trails on offer suitable for all ages and abilities. Manchester's parks and landscapes include Adlington Hall, Cotton Field Park, Dovestone Reservoir, Pennington Flash County Park, Piccadilly Gardens and many more.
Manchester is arguably the home of football in the UK and has two of the most famous football teams in the world, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Manchester is also a great place to watch other sports with the chance to also catch games of cricket. For those wanting to try out watersports, Debdale Outdoor Centre has fantastic facilities and visitors can try canoeing, windsurfing, climbing and even gorge walking!
For fans of cycling, Manchester is home to The National Cycling Centre, which is Britain's first indoor Olympic track and one of the best tracks in the world.
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