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Manchester


Manchester is a city in the Northwest of England in the UK. As of 2007, the city of Manchester had an estimated population of 441,200, whereas the Greater Manchester Urban Area had a total estimated population of 2,240,230.

Manchester is famous for its sporting connections, and is home to the Manchester United and Manchester City soccer teams, as well as having played host to the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Manchester


Key Facts about Manchester


Here are some facts about Manchester:
  1. Manchester is a city in Northwest England. It lies within the Manchester urban area, the United Kingdom's second most populous urban area.

  2. Manchester was the world's first industrialized city. The city grew rapidly ("at an astonishing rate" according to one commentator) in the 19th century due to the Industrial Revolution and a massive growth in textile manufacturing.

  3. The Manchester Ship Canal, a 36 mile (58 kilometer) inland waterway connects Manchester to the Mersey Estuary (near Liverpool, and thence to the sea. At the time of its construction in 1894, the Manchester Ship Canal was the longest river navigable canal in the world. Moreover, the canal transformed Manchester from a landlocked city to a major seaport - and for a time, the Port of Manchester was the third biggest in the UK (it closed in 1982).

  4. People from Manchester are called Mancunians.

  5. Manchester is well served by road, rail, and air transport links:

    • Manchester has a motorway ringroad (the M60), which connects to the M602 and M67. Additionally, the M56, the M61, the M62, the M66, and the M67 all serve Manchester as well, and connect to the M60.

    • Within the city, there are extensive bus networks.

    • There are many rail connections available from the city's two main stations at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria.

    • The city also has a modern light-rail/tram system (Manchester Metrolink).

    • Manchester Airport is the third busiest airport in the United Kingdom, and connects the city to both domestic and internationald destinations.

  6. Manchester is well-known for its sport, and hosted many major sporting events. Additionally, many sports facilities in the city were upgraded relatively recently when the city hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

    Perhaps the most famous sporting facilities in Manchester are:

    • Old Trafford Cricket Ground

    • The City of Manchester Stadium (where the Premier League soccer team, Manchester City FC, play)

    In case you are wondering - Manchester's most famous soccer team, Manchester United, are located just outside the city of Manchester.

  7. Manchester is also known for its media industries:

    • The Guardian newspaper began as the Manchester Guardian.

    • One of ITV's most important franchises, Granada Television, is based in Manchester.

    • Manchester is home to one of the BBC's main centers of operation.

  8. Music fans, may also be familiar with Manchester, as a result of Madchester scene - a British music scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s that mixed dance music, alternative rock music, and psychedelia. Important groups in the Madchester scene included the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, New Order, Inspiral Carpets, James, the Charlatans, 808 State, and Northside.


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