The home of Coronation Street, Mr Scruff and Oasis, not to mention two of the UK's most famous football teams, Manchester City and United. The beautiful game dominates much of the city’s scene with the drinking and dining establishments players choose to patronise dramatically affecting their chances of success.
Musically 'Madchester' was the birthplace of the indie revolution and home to the sadly now defunct Hacienda, the place that put clubbing on the British map.
Since the 1996 IRA bomb, the city's structure has altered and developed. The reborn metropolis now boasts shops, museums and galleries on a capital city scale.
However, Manchester remains in touch with its past and its position at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Many Victorian warehouse and factory buildings remain, now positioned in stark contrast against the clean lines and glass walls of modernity.
Manchester's drinking circuits are clearly defined, both in location and in style. For a touch of independence, head to the Northern Quarter, the city's equivalent of London's Shoreditch scene. Deansgate, in the shopping district, is a strip of recognisable chain names. Nearby 235 Casino allows you to sip cocktails whilst you lose your shirt. Canal Street is home to the gay village, which has proven constantly popular with both the gay and straight community, while Oxford Road attracts the city's large student population.