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Visiting Manchester from London

By Viator, June 2013

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There’s a lot more to see in England besides London and once you’ve finished exploring the historic towns and picturesque countryside of the south, it’s time to head north and discover what northerners will assure you is the ‘real England’. Manchester, the heart of the industrial revolution and the gateway to the breathtaking Peak District National Park, is the perfect starting point.

With regular high-speed trains taking just 2 hours and 20 minutes to reach Manchester from London, it’s easy to escape the capital for the unofficial capital of the north (buses and domestic flights are other possibilities). While spending the night will allow you to sample Manchester’s legendary nightlife, there’s ample time to explore Manchester’s many attractions on a day trip, and most trains arrive at the central Piccadilly station putting you in the perfect location for sightseeing.

Take a tour of the city center passing by the magnificent Manchester Cathedral, the John Ryland’s University Library and the old industrial area of Castlefield, then choose from one of Manchester’s many museums. The Imperial War Museum and the People’s History Museum are both popular choices, whereas Manchester’s National Football Museum is a must for any football (soccer) fanatic. A visit to the legendary Old Trafford Stadium is another treat for football fans, where you’ll get to explore the Manchester United home ground and walk in the footsteps of famous players like Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.

Finally, a trip to Manchester isn’t complete without a visit to the waterside Lowry complex, the crown jewel of modern Manchester. A vast complex of shops, theaters and cinemas housed inside a futuristic silver building, it’s the perfect location for a post-sightseeing cocktail and a spot of last minute souvenir shopping before heading back to the train station.

Contributed by Zoe Smith

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