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Today’s Manchester is a far cry from the harsh industrial city of decades past that many still picture. Massive urban redevelopment projects have given the city a new face and reinvigorated its districts, making them cool, cultured and characterful enough to rival even the most hipster of neighbourhoods. ‘The Capital of the North’ is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with a rich musical history, a passion for sports, plenty of cultural offerings and personality to spare, and visitors will find much to keep them occupied, entertained and even fascinated among the refurbished and repurposed industrial buildings and pleasant canals.

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Manchester’s Chinese district is one of the largest in Europe. Top-class restaurants nestle side by side with real street food establishments. You will also find Korean, Thai and Indonesian shops and restaurants here.

Faulkner Street, Manchester Chinatown, Manchester
National Football Museum

As one of the world's greatest football cities, Manchester is of course also home to the world's biggest football museum. Over six floors, drama, history, skill, style and passion are shown, all in the name of the game.

Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens Manchester M4 3BG
Yang Sing

The most famous restaurant in Manchester’s China Town is Yang Sing, considered to be one of the best Cantonese restaurants in Europe. Yang Sing was established in 1968, burned down in 1997, and was re-opened a few years ago. The dim sum dishes are particularly recommended.

34 Princess Street, Manchester

Umezushi is a gem in the Manchester culinary scene, hidden behind its nondescript doors. As the name might suggest, it is a Japanese restaurant, known for using only the freshest ingredients. Be sure to try the sushi and the tempura.

Unit 4, Mirabel Street, Manchester M3 1PJ
Manchester Arndale

At the heart of the city centre lies the building complex that, when completed in 1972, became Europe’s largest shopping centre under one roof. The Arndale Centre – thirty hectares with more than 200 shops and 750,000 visitors every week.

Market St, Manchester

You will find international premium brands, such as DKNY and Armani, in the area around Deansgate, King Street and St. Ann’s Square. Here, as in Bridge Street and Market Street, there are also shops selling clothes by well-known English designers.


The Manchester Airport (MAN) is located 16 km south of the city. It has a combined railway and bus station, with departures to Manchester and the rest of the country. The train to Manchester Piccadilly takes about 20 minutes. Airport buses to Manchester depart every half hour. Taxis and car hire companies are also available at the airport.

Public Transport

You can travel around Manchester by bus, train or tram (Metrolink). For a tourist, the easiest and cheapest way is to buy a Day Saver Ticket, which gives unlimited transport inside the city on all modes of transportation. The largest of the city’s three railway stations is Manchester Piccadilly, on Fairfield Street, with connections to London and other big destinations around Britain.