Located in the North West part of England, Manchester became the first industrialised city in the world during the Industrial Revolution and remains a great trading centre of the North to this day, with the third largest urban economy in the country that is served by the Manchester Ship Canal and the Port of Manchester. The city is also steeped in history and noted for its architecture, contributions to the scientific and engineering communities, sports activities, culture and music and social impact. Manchester City and Manchester United are two football teams of the Premier League in the city. The first railway in the world was located in Manchester and the city was where the atom was first split by scientists and the first stored program was developed. There are two large universities in the city and it is the city that is the third-most visited in the United Kingdom by those from outside the country with London and Edinburgh placing first and second.
Attractions abound in Manchester. The architectural styles in the city range from Victorian to contemporary and red brick characteristises many of the buildings. One of Victorian buildings that is the most important in the city is the Town Hall of Manchester that is located in Albert Square. There are many high-rise buildings in Manchester that include the Beetham Tower , the CIS Tower, the and the Piccadilly Tower on which construction began in 2008 with the goal of becoming the highest building in the city.
Parks, open spaces and gardens in the city number 135 with Heaton Park, an award-winning park with a size of 610 acres. Many monuments and memorials can be found in the city. Manchester’s main memorial to the dead is the cenotaph in St. Peter’s Square. Of particular note is a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Square that Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phelps Taft of Cincinnati presented to the city.
The city is also filled with a plethora of museums that celebrate its long history from the Roman times, through the Industrial Revolution and into the current day. Of particular note is the Museum of Science and Industry that has larges displays of industrial machinery and steam locomotives and the Manchester Art Gallery with a permanent collection of paintings from Europe and pre-Raphaelite paintings.
A lot of the hotel accommodation in Manchester is a reflection of the wide range of architectural styles in the city and its mix of culture, sports, museums and other attractions. The hotels in Manchester, particularly those in the centre of the city, are the most unique, individualised and striking in the northern part of the country. The Free Trade Hall, for example, was renovated into a superb five-star hotel, while other structures reflect the railway heritage of the city. Some of the hotels in Manchester are fashionable and audacious while others are very modern and cool. Many hotels also have their own night clubs so travelers can take in the night life without having to leave their accommodations. There are also many budget hotels for those on a tighter budget but want to take in as much of the city as they can.