It’s not for nothing that Manchester is the UK’s third most visited city.
Whether you come here for Fergie or fashion, culture or clubbing, you’ll not fail to be attracted by the city’s energy or exuberance. As the red brick capital of the north-west, it has all the trappings of a world city – with great shopping, authentic local and international culture including two symphony orchestras... and a symphony of world class football.
Manchester is extremely well connected from its mainline stations. In addition to extensive Northern Rail services to the south and east of the city, Arriva Trains Wales will take you to and from Cardiff, Llandudno, Carmarthen and Milford Haven. CrossCountry services to Bournemouth and Bristol Temple Meads are complemented by East Midlands Trains services on routes to Sheffield, Nottingham and Norwich. First TransPennine offers trains on a multitude of regional routes in the north. And getting to and from London Euston and Birmingham New Street is easy on the regular Virgin Trains service. Getting around locally is easy thanks to the Metrolink tram network.
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Take a trip to Manchester and top-up on style in the heart of town. Take the trip ‘out’ to Salford to see the matchstick men of The Lowry at Salford Quays. Or just take it all in from the Sky Bar on the 23rd floor of the Hilton hotel in the Beetham Tower.
Exploring the redeveloped Manchester Piccadilly is a joy. Bright and airy, it’s been voted the UK’s popular station. The Rainhill Trails are celebrated by the Rainhill Railway and Heritage Society, which runs its own museum. And don’t leave town without a visit to Liverpool Road station, the world’s oldest surviving passenger rail terminus, now part of the Museum of Science and Industry.
Manchester Piccadilly - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/man.html
Manchester Victoria - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/mcv/details.html
Rainhill Railway and Heritage Society - http://www.rainhillrailwayandheritage.org.uk/
Museum of Science and Industry - http://www.mosi.org.uk/
Greater Manchester M1 3BE