A grand industrial heritage
Manchester has a reputation for its damp climate, but this was a positive asset as cotton brought prosperity to the city, and it is easier to spin in a damp atmosphere. Great names of the Industrial Revolution – Arkwright, Hargreaves, Crompton – made the mass production of cloth possible, and a network of canals and railways set the seal on the city’s lasting importance.
A 21st-century city
In building on its industrial heritage, Manchester now attracts large numbers of visitors every year. The legacy of handsome Victorian buildings is much in evidence. There are a clutch of exceptional museums, particularly the Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum of Transport, and the Manchester Museum.
There’s also a centre dedicated to Emmeline Pankhurst and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, and the People’s History Museum, which records the day-to-day struggles of working people through the ages. The city is also known for sporting excellence; cycling at the National Cycling Centre and of course, football: United at Old Trafford, and City at the Etihad Stadium.
The Arndale is still the place for shopping, and the city is known the world over for its nightlife and endlessly variegated music scene. Rain doesn’t stop Manchester.