Manchester is the third most visited city in the UK, after London and Edinburgh. It is notable for its architecture, culture, musical exports, media links, scientific and engineering output, social impact, sports clubs and transport.
The Castlefield conservation area’s 18th-century canal system recalls the city’s days as a textile powerhouse, and visitors can trace this history throughout the city
Manchester has a thriving theatre, opera and dance scene, with a number of large performance venues, including Manchester Opera House. It is a sporting hub of excellence and not only has two world class football teams but has first-class sporting facilities, built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Bands that have emerged from the Manchester music scene include Oasis, The Smiths, Joy Division and its successor group New Order, Buzzcocks, The Stone Roses, 10cc, The Verve, Elbow, Doves, The Charlatans, M People, The 1975, Simply Red and Take That. Manchester is credited as the main driving force behind British indie music of the 1980s.
Manchester's buildings display a variety of architectural styles, ranging from Victorian to contemporary architecture. The widespread use of red brick characterises the city, much of the architecture of which harks back to its days as a global centre for the cotton trade.