Regional Focus
With a strong identity and welcoming nature, Manchester is an exciting melting pot of cultural importance with an entrepreneurial spirit, unrivalled music scene and sporting prowess, discovers Georgina Deacon.

Residents and visitors alike can't help but describe the vibrancy and verve contained within the UK's Manchester, as the city seems to be a thrill of energy, bursting with history and culture. From being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, to the music scene 'Madchester', to being the home of the world's most famous football club, there are avenues of fun and discovery catering to all interests in this northern hub.


Manchester is now the third most visited city in the UK, and Clare Sargeant at British Study Centres Manchester describes it as "very youthful, international and welcoming". Its multicultural atmosphere of "diversity and acceptance" adds to the city's lure, according to Richard Mace at Communicate School "What's more, you can contribute to our understanding of your culture and discover other cultures too."



"The people of Manchester have an unquenched thirst for music," enthuses Jo Wilde at The Essential English Centre She recommends students head to independent music venues to get the proper experience, including Night and Day, Gullivers, Matt & Phreds and Soup Kitchen, all located within the trendy, bohemian Northern Quarter area.


Another area not to be missed is Spinningfields, a regenerated part of the city which is now a prime area for shopping, street food and cocktail bars. It is also home to the ARTZU Gallery space for progressive, independent artists and the Victorian gothic John Rylands library, as well as The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience!





"The atom was first split in Manchester in 1902 by Ernest Rutherford"





Get to know Manchester


Football crazy
If you're not lucky enough to bag tickets to a big game, Peter Hayes at IH Manchester recommends visiting the National Football Museum. "A favourite element is grabbing a selfie while holding the Premier League trophy in the air," he says. "The little boy inside of me never tires of that!"



Arts and crafts
Get your hands messy at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre, says Emma Kenyon at Manchester Central School of English "Here you will find local artists and designers making and selling their creations, from ceramics and jewellery, art and textiles," she adds.


Feeling Peaky
Head out of the city for a day and visit the Peak District, suggests Richard at Communicate School, where you can "stroll through picturesque English villages" or hike the bridleways. An estimated 90 per cent of the National Park is farmland (with around 1,800 farms) and it attracts 10 million visitors per year.





Foodie hotspots

A visit to either Sam's Chop House or Mr Thomas's Chop House is essential, according to Peter from IH Manchester. "[It's] really good English food in a wonderful authentic Victorian setting," he says. Clare at British Study Centres adds, "If you fancy a pint you can't beat Sam's Chop House, one of the city's oldest pubs."



The 'Curry Mile', is another must, says Emma at Manchester Central School of English. "Home to over 70 different restaurants specialising in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine," it is thought to be the largest concentration of South Asian restaurants outside Asia.


For a traditional northern pie, Jo at The Essential English Centre suggests Pieminster in the Northern Quarter. While, "The Kitchens offers various street food stalls all under one roof, located in Spinningfields."




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