You'd probably think Manchester is just another stereotypical metropolitan city, but don't be so quick to brush it off your bucket list. It may be a major city in England, but did you know that it has rich industrial heritage? It's a rich blend of history and culture that is evident in its museums, galleries, and art centers. But what makes Manchester even more interesting is the ability to dine, drink, and dance into the night with its very active nightlife. Download the Manchester Travel Guide and Offline Map to help you guide your way through this fabulous city.
1. Manchester Art Gallery
Where can we witness the most spectacular show of British art? We're pretty sure that handful of answers will point you to the Manchester Art Gallery. A hefty number of European masters are on display at the city's top gallery. It houses an impressive selection that includes 37 Turner watercolors as well as the country's best showcase of Pre-Raphaelite art. A newer gallery is home to 20th-century British art starring Lucien Freud, Stanley Spencer, and David Hockney to name a few.
There is nothing as impressive in the broadcasting world than this 81-hectare site dedicated to hosting BBC and its six departments. It is also home to the set of the world's longest-running soap opera, the ever-popular Coronation Street. Although you can't tour the Corrie set just yet, you'll have plenty to see as you make your way through the rest of BBC's impressive set-up. This is the place to be to see the sets of some of TV's most iconic programs.
3. People's History Museum
Not many tourists might know about Britain's 200-year fight for democracy and there is no better place to learn about it than in the People's History Museum. In this refurbished Edwardian pumping station, you will be taken deep in the heart of Britain's struggle for basic democratic rights, labor reform, and fair pay. You will come across an array of beautifully made and colorful union banners and even the desk where Thomas Paine wrote Rights of Man in 1791.
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