Manchester has embraced the 21st century and reinvented itself. Enjoy stylish bars and boutiques in the Northern Quarter and the chic atmosphere of Castlefield.
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Today, a striking and bold new cityscape has been developed. Modern buildings such as the slender glass Beetham Tower is the tallest building in the United Kingdom outside London and the Millennium Quarter is a blend of modern and historical achievements including the six-storey Urbis Centre for Urban Culture. The Northern Quarter, once the city’s clothing district, is now home to funky bars, cafés, quirky shops, design and fashion stores and converted loft-style housing. The colourful Gay Village, around Canal Street in the south-east of the city, is not far from the Chinese Arch, built by Peking craftsmen as an entrance to Manchester’s Chinatown, one of the city centre’s most distinctive areas.
Wherever you are in the city, you won’t be far from one of its historical waterways. The Castlefield district is a great place to relax over a cup of coffee near the first man-made waterway, the Bridgewater Canal. You can take a trip along the Manchester Ship Canal, which runs from Salford Quays to Liverpool, through locks and bridges that have remained mostly unchanged for 100 years.
Inviting, innovative and completely original, there is something for everyone in Manchester.