City Profile

City Profile: Guide to Manchester

Quick Facts

Location: North West England

County: Greater Manchester

Population: 464,000

Area: 115 sq. km

Manchester is situated in the north-west of England and is one of the largest cities in the UK. It is a centre of arts, media and higher education, and has a young, vibrant population. The city is also sports mad, and is home to Manchester United- one of the biggest football teams in the world.


Culture in Manchester


Manchester has been one of the hubs of British music for the last 50 years, producing such seminal bands as The Smiths, Oasis, Joy Division and the Chemical Brothers. There are amazing music and nightclub venues, including the world’s busiestindoor music venue- the MEN Arena and the renowned Hacienda.

As well as music, the Manchester cultural scene includes a number of high profile museums and art galleries too. The Museum of Science and Industry offers exactly what you would expect from the name, whilst the Whitworth Art Gallery has an impressive collection of British artworks. The Lowry Centre (left) is a huge building that houses a number of theatres and art galleries.


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