the most liveable city in the uk*
* Global liveability survey 2015 & 2016
Few cities can claim the musical pedigree that Manchester can, as the birthplace of The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis and many more bands besides.
The city’s still-thriving music scene is a major stop-off on the UK gig circuit and its venues regularly host global superstars as well as up-and-coming acts.
From fine dining at The French and Manchester House to the indie cafés and bars of the Northern Quarter, Manchester’s dining scene offers something to suit every occasion and budget – and the options span almost every cuisine conceivable.
Whether you are rummaging through the treasures of the Northern Quarter’s vintage boutiques and record stores, hunting for bargains in the high street brands of the Arndale Centre or splashing the cash in the luxury designer shops and department stores of New Cathedral Street and Exchange Square, Manchester truly is the shopping capital of the north west.
City or United?
It’s not all about football here. The legacy of the Commonwealth Games has left the city with world-class facilities, including the Manchester Aquatics Centre, Regional Athletics Arena, National Squash Centre and Manchester Velodrome.
Boasting the largest student population in Europe, with an annual talent pool of 33,000 graduates.**
Population of 2.73 million
Second largest city in the UK
Largest airport outside london
Flying to over 210 destinations worldwide
—Work, Live, Play, Manchester
“My favourite spot for after work drinks has to be The Oast House, they have a great selection of craft beers and the atmosphere is really chilled. Spinningfields is also great for a night out, and nearby Castlefield offers a wide variety of venues.”
“Working in Manchester City Centre is great, I love that I can cycle into work every day, although on those rainy days, getting around is easy with the trams. I enjoy a walk out at lunch, quite often taking advantage of the shops at Deansgate, The Avenue and King Street. Neighbourhood is a firm after-work favourite for dinner.”
MANCHESTER’S GOT EVERYTHING EXCEPT A BEACH
Lead singer The Stone Roses.