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The City of Manchester is located in the northwestern part of England and has been known as a fashionable city with great history. This once industrial city is one of the major cities in the north of England, and today it has a very international and modern look. Manchester has a great reputation for being one of the top places to shop, eat and drink. The city is ethnically diverse and there are two very popular areas in the city – one is the Chinatown and the other one is named ‘Curry Mile’ because of the long stretch of Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants. Combine this with attractive Victorian architecture, top class art galleries and football, and you will see why Manchester is so attractive for the visitors.
Manchester has nice warm summers and usually cold winters. Average summer temperatures are around 20 C; while average winter temperatures are about 2 C. Autumn months bring light rainfall which can occur a few times during the day. Probably the best period to visit Manchester is from April until September when the weather is nice and there are lots of interesting festivals going on.
Interesting place to visit in Manchester is the district of Castlefield. There you will find lots of nice iron bridges, mazes of canals and viaducts. It is very nice place to go if you want to move further away from the noise and traffic in the center of the city. Manchester Cathedral is a notable landmark, dating back from the eighth century. There you can go see an interactive display through which you will learn more about the history of this ancient Cathedral. Football fans should not miss a visit to the National Football Museum where you will see the world`s largest football collection of all kinds of items, including kits, photos, trophies and other interesting things. The Hall of Fame is especially attractive and there is also a nice interactive football zone for the kids. If you are interested in different kinds of art, visit the very popular and attractive place called The Lowry. It has two theatres, several art galleries, as well as dozens of bars, restaurants and cafés. Manchester Art Gallery is another place that houses some of England`s best art collections and paintings. Interesting museum where you can learn more about the industrial history of Manchester is the Museum of Science and Industry. Besides seeing collections and attending exhibitions there, you can also visit a nice shop or relax in the restaurant. Victoria Baths are another landmark of Manchester, and they are open for tours between months of April and October. The main building is full of nice mosaics and terracotta tiles.
From Manchester you can go on some interesting excursions too. The seaside town of Blackpool is very close to Manchester. Besides enjoying on the beaches there you can go see the nice Blackpool Tower or visit the Pleasure Beach Funfair and take a ride on one of the greatest rollercoaster rides in England. Buxton is another nice town for going on excursion, where you can see some really attractive buildings such as the Georgian Crescent, the Edwardian Opera House or the Old Hotel from the 16th century.
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