Manchester was the world’s first modern industrial city and has helped shape the modern world. The history of the University is entwined with the history of our city; with its origins in Manchester Mechanics’ Institution (later to become UMIST) and Owens College (later to become the Victoria University of Manchester).

The city is a cultural capital of the North West, United Kingdom, with a wide variety of art galleries, museums, world famous orchestras and a selection of theatres. Easily accessible both internationally and nationally, Manchester benefits from excellent transport infrastructure whether travelling by road, rail or air, allowing easy access from all over the world. The airport offers direct flights from over 200 destinations worldwide and is only 20 minutes by train from the city centre.

Within the city, you can explore the beautiful architecture at John Rylands Library and Chetham’s Library; enjoy fine art at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery; discover history at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Museum and the Imperial War Museum North; or tour the grounds of Manchester United and Manchester City football teams.

Manchester’s central location and excellent transport links also make it a perfect base for exploring other areas within the North of England, such as the historic cities of Chester and York and the national parks of the Peak District and Lake District, all within 1-2 hours travel time.

For more information on Manchester as a destination, please follow this link; here you will discover all things to do in Manchester - from events and attractions to fine dining and a great night out.

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