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Manchester is the epitome of a modern English city – buzzing with a lively atmosphere, its main attractions are football, music, shopping and nightlife. Throw in several excellent museums and galleries and some top quality restaurants and if you like the urban life, it is easy to spend time here. While Manchester remains proud of its past, its image as a gritty, industrial city is long out-of-date.

Home to both the most famous and the richest football teams in the world, there is plenty for fans of the beautiful game. Tickets for matches can be difficult to get hold of but both Manchester United and Manchester City offer stadium tours.

World-class museums and galleries abound in Manchester, from the Manchester Art Gallery and the Lowry Arts Centre, to the People’s History Museum, the Imperial War Museum North and the National Football Museum.

The wide range of shopping options offers something for everyone: designer boutiques and high street chains at the out-of-town Trafford Centre; trendy, boho stores in the Northern Quarter; and a bit of everything in the modern Millenium Quarter. Manchester’s nightlife is equally varied, with a wide range of clubs, bars and music venues.

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