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    Manchester: Football, art and red-brick magnificence

    Hoisted upon the shoulders of an army of sporting legends, cultural big-hitters and musical icons, Manchester revels in its unofficial capacity as the capital of England’s north. This is the city that gave us capitalism and the Industrial Revolution, Emmeline Pankhurst and George Best, The Smiths and Oasis – it’s where Marx met Engels, where computer science first saw

    the light of day, and where the oldest public library in the English-speaking world opened its doors. No wonder George Orwell called it “the belly and guts of the nation”. Today, the city’s modern blend of style, regeneration and creativity still makes it a place apart.

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    Manchester Art Gallery

    Mosley Street
    M2 3JL Manchester
    Tel: (0161) 235 8888
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    Opening times:
    Fri-Wed 1000-1700
    Thurs 1000-2100

    A grand, two-storey art gallery in a listed building, showcasing works from a range of different periods – the collection spans around six centuries, and its pre-Raphaelite paintings are particularly renowned.

    National Football Museum

    Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Todd Street
    M4 3BG Manchester
    Tel: (0161) 605 8200
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1100-1700

    Home to ‘the world’s greatest football collection’, this large-scale attraction explores the beautiful game through the ages with tens of thousands of items of memorabilia. It reopened in its current form in 2012.

    Museum of Science & Industry

    Liverpool Road
    M3 4FP Manchester
    Tel: (0161) 832 2244
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Highlighting Manchester’s pioneering role in the fields of industry, science and technology, this huge museum has permanent galleries spread across five different historical buildings, spanning everything from textile machinery to X-ray equipment.

    Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour

    Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Old Trafford
    M16 0RA Manchester
    Tel: (0161) 868 8000
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1830

    The Red Devils have had their share of ups and downs over the decades, so the club’s dedicated museum has some story to tell. On non-matchdays, you can also take a tour of the stadium itself.

    Chester Zoo

    CH2 1LH Chester
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    Opening times:
    daily 1000-1600 (deviations possible)

    Great Britain’s largest zoo is situated around 60 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Manchester. It is home to some 21 000 animals of more than 500 mostly endangered species, and all are kept in near-natural habitats with no fences. The zoo is constantly being modernized and remodeled. In 2015, Islands at Chester Zoo became the most recent habitat to open. It provides insights into the nature conservation projects the zoo promotes, which include initiatives in Sumatra and Indonesia.

    Imperial War Museum North

    Quay West, Trafford Wharf Road
    M17 1TZ Manchester
    Tel: (0161) 836 4000
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    One of five Imperial War Museums in England, this free attraction retells evocative stories of wartime suffering. It’s housed in an eye-catching modernist structure designed by Daniel Libeskind.

    John Rylands Library

    150 Deansgate
    M3 3EH Manchester
    Tel: (0161) 306 0555
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun-Mon 1200-1700

    A late-Victorian building with a spellbinding collection of old books and manuscripts, the famous library attracts a mixture of readers and curious visitors.

    People’s History Museum

    Left Bank, Spinningfields
    M3 3ER Manchester
    Tel: (0161) 838 9190
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    The UK’s official national centre for materials relating to the history of working people in Britain, the museum harks back to the fact that Manchester hosted the first-ever trade union congress.

    Heaton Park

    The Farm Centre
    M25 2SW Manchester
    Tel: (0161) 773 1085
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    Four miles north of central Manchester, this large green park is a magnet for families, with an animal centre and a busy events roster.

    Chill Factore

    7 Trafford Way, Urmston
    M4 7JA Manchester
    Tel: (0161) 749 2222
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    Opening times:
    Mon, Wed, Sat 0700-2300
    Tues, Thurs, Fri 0800-2300
    Sun 0630-2300

    Home to the country’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope, this is an option for those who fancy combining a city break with some downhill action.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each country is proud of its traditions – there are even four national soccer teams here – so make sure you don’t refer to all of the islands’ inhabitants as “English”!

    The British have a unique cultural history: They have the oldest democracy in modern times, produced some of the foremost European writers, have a past as a colonial power and, last but not least, their royal family. They are also world famous for their particular form of humor even if it is not fully understood or appreciated everywhere. To this day, the islands’ inhabitants indulge in the luxury of occasionally affecting eccentricity – and politically, too, they go their own way, as evidenced by their departure from the EU (Brexit).

    Not just politically, but also economically and culturally, London, the capital, is the country’s epicenter. For true wilderness, visit the rugged Scottish Highlands, which are snow-covered on the higher slopes and often inaccessible. Art-loving Edinburgh is a dream city, and hikers and whiskey fans feel the pull of the Hebrides. Visitors to Wales flock to dynamic Cardiff and the industrial city of Swansea in the south and to the rugged rocky slopes of Snowdonia in the north. The progressive and vibrant city of Belfast lies on the other side of the Irish Sea, Northern Ireland.


    The British landscape can be divided into two kinds of terrain – highlands in the north and lowlands in the south. The highland areas are found in Wales and parts of the midlands and the north, and the highest mountain is Scotland’s Ben Nevis (1343 meters). The Scottish highlands boast unique and for the most part deserted landscapes with fjords, lakes (lochs) and moorlands.

    The Lake District in the northwest of England is famous for its beautiful lakes and fells. The lowlands consist of sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and vast, pleasant river landscapes. In the southeast, the North and South Downs extend down to the famous white cliffs of Dover.

    Sandy beaches and rugged cliffs are the main features on the Scottish east coast, while further south, rocks, shale, dunes and sandy beaches dominate the coastline.

    The Channel Islands – Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney off the coast of Normandy – also belong to Great Britain.

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    Population: 66,02 millions (estimate 2017)

    Capital: London.


    English. Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland.


    Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Good Friday: 10 April 2020
    Early May Bank Holiday: 4 May 2020
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May 2020
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2020
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2020


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2021
    Good Friday: 2 April 2021
    Early May Bank Holiday: 4 May 2021
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May 2021
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2021
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2021

    All information subject to change.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    The city has easy-to-negotiate bus and tram networks connecting all the key points of interest. Free Metroshuttle buses cover three circular routes around the city centre, linking main rail stations and shopping areas, while the six-line Metrolink tram system connects central Manchester with places such as Bury, Rochdale and Ashton-under-Lyne.


    The city has two types of taxis for use. London-style black cabs can be flagged down, found at ranks or pre-booked. Private-hire vehicles are generally white or silver and must always be pre-booked. Black cabs can be ordered from Mantax (tel: (0161) 230 3333), while private hire cars can be booked from Street Cars (tel: (0161) 228 7878).

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    Nightlife in Manchester


    From hidden-away cocktail bars to alternative nightclubs, and from real ale pubs to Vegas-style casinos,

    Manchester’s celebrated nightlife is a multi-headed beast.

    Castle Hotel

    66 Oldham Street
    M4 1LE Manchester
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    An ale house standing since 1776, with 10 cask hand pulls and a long heritage of live music.

    Under New Management

    6-8 Barlows Croft
    M3 5DY Manchester
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    A hip alleyway bar serving up a creative range of cocktails.

    Factory 251

    118 Princess Street
    M1 7EN Manchester
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    Occupying what were once the offices of Factory Records, this club is run by New Order’s Peter Hook and plays different genres.

    Mint Lounge

    46-50 Oldham St
    Manchester, Lancashire M4 1LE
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    The city’s longest-running club night takes place here alongside various other nights, in the Northern Quarter district.

    Manchester 235

    Great Northern, 2 Watson Street
    M3 4LP Manchester
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    With a casino and two late-night bars, this has become a big player on the city scene.

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    Restaurants in Manchester


    Manchester’s food scene has never been healthier, with an array of trendy award-winning eateries to complement its established favourites.

    Manchester House

    Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street
    M3 3BZ Manchester
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    Price: Expensive

    A much-admired restaurant run by the youngest British chef to be awarded a Michelin star.

    James Martin

    Great Northern, 2 Watson Street
    M3 4LP Manchester
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    Price: Moderate

    A celebrity chef restaurant worth the fuss, set in Manchester 235 Casino.

    Aumbry Restaurant

    2 Church Lane, Prestwich
    M25 1AJ Manchester
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    Price: Moderate

    Occupying a small converted cottage in the Prestwich Village, it makes up in modern British fare what it lacks in size.

    San Carlo Cicchetti

    House of Fraser ground floor, King Street West
    M3 2QG Manchester
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    Price: Moderate

    One of the best Italian options in the city, specialising in small-plate dishes and seasonal menus.


    39-41 Edge Street
    M4 1HW Manchester
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    Price: Budget

    Long a late-night favourite with music fans, it’s somewhere to find everything from beef chilli to pulled pork tacos.

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    Calendar of events

    Chinese New Year

    January 25, 2020

    Venue: Chinatown (around Faulkner Street)

    A carnival of colour with dragon dances followed by a firework display.

    Manchester Irish Festival

    March 7 – 17, 2020

    Venue: Various locations

    Celebrates all things Irish in Manchester during a two-week extravaganza featuring around 200 events staged throughout the city.

    BUPA Great Manchester Run

    May 24, 2020

    Venue: Throughout the city

    One of the UK’s most popular 10km (6 miles) races, now in its 11th year, and attracting around 33,000 runners. A great fund-raising event.

    Manchester Fashion Week

    May 2020

    Venue: The Castlefield Rooms

    Manchester Fashion Week (MCRFW) will this year take place at The National Football Museum and will see 30 fashion shows take place over five days showcasing collections from graduates to high-end designers.

    Manchester International Festival

    July 2020

    Venue: Various locations

    Biennial festival celebrating the city, its popular culture, music and the arts.

    Caribbean Carnival of Manchester

    August 2020

    Venue: Alexandra Park, Moss Side

    Procession made up of steel bands, floats with DJs and colourful dance troupes, as well as stalls selling traditional Caribbean food, drink and handicrafts. Enjoy the infectious rhythms of song and dance as the carnival procession winds its way through the crowds featuring carnival queens and princesses, elaborate costumes and folklore characters.

    Manchester Pride

    August 28 – 30, 2020

    Venue: Gay Village

    Usually lasting for a week over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Manchester Pride is an annual festival that celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life. Centred around the city’s thriving Gay Village, the party includes a carnival parade as well as live music, DJs, theatre and comedy, making it an event truly celebrating gay and lesbian influences in popular culture.

    Manchester European Christmas Markets

    November – December 2020

    Venue: Albert Square

    Daily European markets selling a variety of unusual Christmas gifts and glühwein (hot mulled wine).

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Manchester


    Manchester is a fashionable place these days, and it has the hotel portfolio to match, with some

    real gems among the usual sprinkling of business and chain properties.

    Lowry Hotel

    50 Dearmans Place, Salford
    M3 5LH Manchester
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    Category: Expensive

    The city’s first five-star hotel, it’s part of the Rocco Forte group and sits in a class of its own.

    Hilton Manchester Deansgate

    303 Deansgate
    Manchester M3 4LQ
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    Category: Expensive

    Occupying 23 floors of the Beetham Tower skyscraper, this high-end hotel has an indoor pool and other amenities.

    ABode Manchester

    107 Piccadilly
    M1 2DB Manchester
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    Category: Moderate

    A design hotel in a former Victorian cotton warehouse, taking modern British style as its ethos.

    Stay Inn Hotel

    55 Blackfriars Road
    M3 7DB Manchester
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    Category: Budget

    An affordable option sitting around 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre.

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    Climate and best time to visit Manchester

    The weather in this part of the world is rarely dependable, so the time of year you choose to visit Manchester largely depends on why you’re coming in the first place. If you’re in town to catch one of the two gargantuan football teams – United and City – in action, the season runs from August to May. If it’s culture drawing you in, the acclaimed Manchester International Festival takes place every other July (in uneven years). And if you’re just here to experience the city’s mix of urban redesign, live events, cultural swagger and full-on nightlife, then frankly any weekend of the year is a winner.

    Climate & best time to visit United Kingdom

    Temperate climate, damp and warm in the summer, wet and cool in the winter. Due to its island location, the United Kingdom has extremely changeable weather. A great deal of rain falls on the west coast and on high ground, and it’s colder and windier on the north coast. The southeast is sunnier than the north and has less rain. The southwestern part of the country has the mildest climate.

    The best time to visit is high summer although even then, relatively low temperatures and rain are always a possibility, especially in the northern regions. Southern England’s seaside resorts are at their best in July and August.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Country code: +44

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Manchester

    Key Areas

    In terms of high-street shopping, Market Street, Cross Street and King Street all have large numbers of familiar brands, some of them luxury. Elsewhere, the Northern Quarter is still seen as the city’s creative heartland and plays home to a lively range of independent shops, fashion outlets and record stores.


    Greater Manchester has plenty of regular street markets. The Church Street Market is a good central bet for clothes and well-priced items, while Tib Street Fashion Market and the Fruit & Flower Market (Piccadilly Gardens) both offer colourful browsing. The city centre’s Christmas markets also have a good reputation.

    Shopping Centres

    The most obvious – and most central – place to head is the colossal Arndale Centre (Market Street), which has more than 200 shops and department stores. If you’re heading slightly out of town, the Trafford Centre has a similar number of outlets, spread along granite and marble walkways.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    When first introduced, you extend your right hand and say “Pleased to meet you” or, a little more formally, “How do you do?” For friends and acquaintances, the usual greeting is “hello” or “hi” or the slightly more formal “Good morning/afternoon/evening!”

    Hosts appreciate chocolates or a bottle of wine. If invited to dinner, wait till everyone has been served before starting to eat. If you accidentally bump into or get in the way of a passerby on the metro or on the street, it’s polite to say “sorry”; begin a request for information with “excuse me.” It is the tradition in Great Britain to form and line and wait, overtaking (queue jumping) and pushing are frowned upon.


    Casual clothing is acceptable, but more elegant clothing is often expected in nightclubs and restaurants.

    Jeans and sneakers are not permitted in some discotheques; other nightclubs have other dress codes, depending on their clientele.

    In public

    Topless bathing is permitted on some beaches and tolerated in some public parks.

    Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the United Kingdom.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food within the UK is generally safe to eat, with health and safety standards monitored by various government agencies. Tap water is considered safe to drink but bottled water is widely available. If you’re camping, always boil, filter or purify water from streams.

    Other Risks

    The UK is not a risky destination but travellers should still take appropriate precautions. Summer temperatures in England rarely reach above 30°C but on hot days there is still risk of sunstroke and it’s advisable to wear sunscreen, as well as appropriate clothing. The same goes for winters, during which weather can be very changeable. Waterproofs (or at least a strong umbrella) are mandatory at any time of year. Those hiking in the mountains should come prepared, with appropriate gear and maps if needed but the biggest danger comes from those who disregard warning signs or poor weather.

    Although the risk remains low, travellers are advised to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, as cases have risen in the past few years.  Travellers visiting the UK during the winter may also wish to consider being vaccinated against flu.

    If you’re planning to walk in wooded or heath areas such as in the Scottish Highlands, it’s worth taking precautions against tick bites: ensure you wear long-sleeved tops, tuck your socks into your trousers and wear insect repellent. Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease which, although fairly rare in the UK, can affect your skin, joints, heart and nervous system. Symptoms include: a pink or red circular rash which develops around the bite up to 30 days after a person is bitten; flu-like symptoms; headaches; and muscle or joint pain. If left untreated, symptoms can become more serious.

    Midges are a hiker’s and camper’s nemesis, especially in the northwest Highlands during the summer. While they’ll do no worse than cause a multitude of unbearably itchy bites, it’s definitely worth covering up and dousing yourself in insect repellent to ward off these persistent beasties.

    The weather in Scotland can change in an instant. If you’re walking, skiing or climbing in the hills, it’s vital to be prepared for all weathers. It’s not at all uncommon to go for a walk on a beautifully sunny day, only to find yourself surrounded by mist and drizzle with little warning. Make sure you’re equipped with a map, compass, extra food, layers and waterproofs, and always tell someone where you’re heading before you set out. Scots and visitors alike also find themselves unexpectedly caught out by the sun – you might not need it often, but pack some sunscreen.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Chande, Chetan
    Ramsbottom Health Centre
    Carr Street
    Bury BL0 9DD
    Great Britain
    Tel. +44-1706–824413

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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