"Manchester's New Epoch" Manchester by MDH

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A little-visited piece of England...

Manchester was once one the centers of the Industrial Revolution which brought the British Empire to new-found heights in the late 18th and 19th centuries. But after the Second World War, with the collapse of the Empire and the closing of the very same factories which had propelled Manchester to fame, the city entered a brave new jittery post-industrial world. But that didn't slow down the city. In the 1970s and '80s, Manchester became a frontline for popular British culture, giving birth to gloomy musical milestones like Joy Division and the Smiths. Then in the '80s "Madchester" spawned the Rave Revolution with the E-fueled Hacienda club, New Order, the Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses. In more recent times, essential Brit-pop band Oasis made the city its base of operations and central to the band's roots.

Today, Manchester is home to a world-class football (soccer) team that is one of the U.K.'s most well-known franchises, and a thriving city center of shopping districts, pubs, musuems and clubs that has done away with the city's industrial image, while at the same time, reminding visitors of its not-so-distant past

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A clean, safe, fun city where foreign and domestic visitors are welcomed as there aren't too many.
  • Cons:It's not quite as historic, picturesque or well known as London, nor does it have ye old charm of Old Edinburgh
  • In a nutshell:Manchester is a must to view, even if it's only for a few days. Essential for anyone wanting to see another part of the UK that not too many visitors get a chance to experience
  • Last visit to Manchester: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 16, 2004
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  • claireashp's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2005 at 9:17 AM

    Amazing Manchester page. I lived there for a year. I miss it so much! Glad you liked it! Greetings from Santa Cruz De Tenerife

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2004 at 11:47 PM

    I like your mancester page - some good, accurate reporting although a tip on Manchester United should be placed on your 'London' page, as that is where most of their fans reside.

  • Jun 7, 2003 at 7:09 AM

    Interesting take on Man U and City. Excellent page overall, great job!

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2003 at 10:41 PM

    Hi Miles, well written manchester page and great info.

  • Sophie1980's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2003 at 6:12 PM

    Great Manchester page. Excellent tips and photos. The National Express rocks!

  • mafootje's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2003 at 10:33 AM

    mm football england ??? Didn't they only play Cricket ?? LOL

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