Manchester, in England, was the seat of the English Industrial Revolution. It was a flourishing centre of the textile industry. Visit the Museum of Science and History to see how this city has evolved through times. This museum has been constructed at the site of the world’s oldest railway station. The ‘Urban Heritage Park’ of Castlefield has old canals lined with Victorian houses. Tour the Manchester Cathedral on the banks of Irwell. It has beautiful chapels and choir stalls. If you are a football fan, head to the National Football Museum. It is the home of two major football teams - the Manchester United and Manchester City teams. When in Manchester, spend some time at the Chetham’s Library. It is one of the oldest public libraries of England. The Neo-Gothic facade of the Town Hall on Albert Square makes it a very prominent building in Manchester. You can climb its tower for a panoramic view of the city.
Where to Shop
Manchester offers ample shopping opportunities, suited to all budgets. For international brands and designer labels, head to the Trafford Centre, the Exchange Square or the Market Street. The Arndale Centre, on one side of the Market Street, sees a lot of footfall. It has several high-street shops. The best of British goods are available at Marks and Spencers, Debenhams and Selfridges. There are boutiques at Kings Street, Spinningfields and New Cathedral Road. Walk down the Cross Street to the Triangle shopping centre. It is the home of specialist boutiques and unique brands. The Northern Square is the bohemian face of the city and a must-visit. Situated on the northern side of the Piccadilly Street, it has numerous independent stores selling vintage and handmade products. The Arndale Market is a place where you will find fresh fish, cheeses, meats etc.
What to Eat
For a typical English experience of food, try the Bury Black Puddings. These are actually black sausages made with pig’s blood - not for the faint-hearted! The Manchester Caviar is a preparation of mushy green peas. Sample the Manchester Egg - a variation of the classic Scotch egg. It is coated in black pudding and sausage meat, among other things. The Manchester Tart has a short crust pastry shell filled with pudding and jam.
The Local Language
English is widely spoken and understood here. You will have no problem communicating with the locals here. To mix in well, here are some local phrases for you.
– Chewing gum
Dos and Don’ts
• The English are extremely proud of their language and heritage. Be respectful.
• Do turn up on time. Be punctual for your appointments.
• The English have a dry sense of humour. Laugh along.
Emergency Contact numbers
• Emergency Services: 01612237222
• 24-hour Chemist: There are no 24-hour pharmacies in Manchester, but certain
outlets stay open till late.
• Fire: 01612237222
• Police: 01612237222
• Ambulance: 01612237222
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