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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Manchester Slideshow

Manchester, in the north west of England, is England's third largest city after London and Birmingham but outside the capital the city has few rivals to its lively artistic and cultural scenes.

The city's traditional architecture, dating back to its 19th century heyday as the engine of Britain's industrial revolution, is somewhat reminiscent of Amsterdam with the dark, imposing hues of the buildings and the comparison can be further drawn to include Manchester's Gay Village centered on Canal Street and the city's bustling modern arts and music vibe.

Manchester's popular culture is best represented by its thriving music scene and nightlife, the city's two football clubs - Manchester United and Manchester City - and art house cinema at the Cornerhouse.

For more traditional entertainment, Manchester is known for its Halle orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and the Manchester Camerata chamber orchestra.

Highlights of any visit to Manchester include the city's museums and galleries: Manchester Art Gallery, Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry Arts Centre, shopping in Chinatown, Deansgate, the Arndale Centre and Exchange Square, and avant garde theatre at the Royal Exchange.

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