28 Jun

Northern big city living in Manchester

Northern big city living in Manchester

Manchester has gained a reputation as being one of the most stylish cities in the UK, and provides an excellent alternative to London for those who want to base themselves in the north of the country.

It is well-known for its indie rock music scene through the success of bands like Oasis, while its rich sporting history is highlighted by Manchester United and Manchester City, along with Lancashire Cricket Club.

Those looking at properties for sale in Manchester will be able to learn that the city was at the forefront of the industrial revolution in the 19th century where it built a reputation for high-quality manufacturing. It is now the fastest growing economy in the UK behind London and was ranked 12th best in Europe as a top place to do business.

Manchester is well-catered for when it comes to media, with Granada Television having its headquarters in Quay Street. The BBC also moved a large part of its operation to nearby Salford in the shape of MediaCityUK in 2004, which is now home to BBC Sport, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Children's television.

The city's transport links are excellent, with Manchester Airport being the third busiest in the UK and serving countless destinations around the world.

Manchester Piccadilly train station is another heaving hub for commuters, providing links to most of the major locations around the UK, including Leeds and London, while Manchester Victoria is based in the centre and benefits from a park and ride scheme.

Within the city, Manchester was the first to bring in a modern light rail tram system back in 1992 and this service has improved over the years thanks to a programme of expansion. It will serve at least 99 stops when the work is complete.

Manchester attracts many visitors because of is bustling and varied nightlife, which can be experienced in different areas of the centre, such as the Northern Quarter. The stamp of the Madchester scene of the 1980s can still be seen in some bars, while there is also a popular gay village with Canal Street among the destinations.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801395545-ADNFCR

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