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Manchester’s reputation as ‘capital of the North’ is in part due to its famous, vibrant music scene and competitive football clubs. After having suffering damage due to IRA bombings much of the city has been completely re-developed, with the addition of new shopping centres which have made it a retail mecca for many. There is also plenty of Victorian-era architecture to admire, and the city’s industrial past can be seen in the paintings of L.S. Lowry.
Manchester Town Hall with its 300 foot tower dominate the skyline. It’s worth a visit for the neo-Gothic architecture and the 12 Pre-Raphaelite murals inside by artist Ford Maddox Brown. Another interesting landmark is Manchester Cathedral, which dates back to the 8th century, however renovation in the 19th century has given it a much younger appearance.
The Museum of Science and Industry is housed within the former Liverpool Road Station, which used to be one of the first railway stations in the world. The museum features interactive exhibits where visitors can touch and smell different displays relating to the city’s industrial routes.
Football enthusiasts can take a tour of either Manchester United’s stadium at Old Trafford, or arch enemies Manchester City’s grounds at Main Road.
Along the Quays area one can visit The Lowry, which hosts exhibitions by local, national and international artists as well as a selection of Lowry’s own works. Opposite there are numerous shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as a shopping centre.