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Manchester, United Kingdom is situated within a bowl-shaped land area, bordered to the north and east by the Pennine moors and to the south by the Cheshire Plain. The city centre is located on the east bank of the River Irwell, near the confluence of the River Medlock and the River Irk. The River Mersey also flows through the south of the city.

Manchester, United Kingdom

Pleasant open countryside with picturesque villages surrounds Manchester, United Kingdom, and there are numerous art galleries, theatres, museums and country houses to visit.

Manchester receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. Britain's second largest city is also one of it's most dynamic and cosmopolitan. There is a growing desire to develop Manchester's individuality, to avoid mediocrity and to encourage high quality design whether it be in the conservation of its 19th century buildings, or in the design of modern buildings, or in the treatment of its open spaces.

Manchester is the Northwest's regional center for finance, commerce, retail, culture and leisure, home to a major international airport and one of the largest student populations in Europe. It has transformed itself from an industrial city dependent on manufacturing to a thriving, modern, international center. It is now rated among the top ten European cities for business location.

Manchester is easily accessible from all parts of Britain and beyond. The city is the hub of an excellent motor way system linking the south with the north; the east with the west. A frequent Intercity service serves two main Manchester railway stations, Victoria and Piccadilly. A regional service links the local and surrounding areas. Coach travel is economical and convenient.

Several examples of 18th century buildings and street patterns remain in the City Center and in some outlying districts, but it is the Victorian and Edwardian plan and building form which dominates the city.

Manchester has established itself as a leading center of youth culture. Its large student population is an essential ingredient in the unique 'Manchester scene' and this results in an exciting variety of entertainment. Mancunians appreciate the importance of an active and varied social life. The club and dance scene in the city is legendary. Manchester has the whole range of pubs from the traditional 'real ale' variety to the city center wine and cocktail bars. Prices are lower than in many parts of Britain so students can still afford to enjoy themselves in the city.

Manchester is one of the most important theatrical centers outside London's West End. Visitors will find a large choice of theatres and productions, from touring musicals at the Palace Theatre and Opera House to the more innovative, fringe or community events at the smaller theatres. The University has its own theatre, the Capitol.

Music is one of Manchester's greatest exports. The city has two internationally renowned orchestras, the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic, which as well as playing to packed houses in Manchester also perform all over the world.

Other classical and contemporary performances are provided by the Manchester Camerata Chamber Orchestra and The Royal Northern College of Music. For many, the city is renowned for the Manchester sound, which has catapulted some of its home grown bands into musical legend.

Pop and Indie fans from all over Britain and abroad see Manchester as the focus of the current music scene. The wide variety of venues means that the whole range of music styles can be presented: including classical, chamber, opera, jazz and blues, folk, and pop.
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