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Manchester's rise to prominence really took off during the Industrial Revolution, when it became a world centre for the cotton trade throughout much of the Victorian era. While you can still see many remnants of its industrial heritage throughout the city, modern Manchester is just as famous for its thriving music scene, sporting prowess and cultural diversity, and regeneration work is constantly improving the city centre and surrounding areas.

Manchester is often considered England's "second city" after London (although there is fierce rivalry with Birmingham for this title), and while much smaller than the capital, it certainly gives it a run for its money when it comes to entertainment and tourism. With world-famous live music venues like the MEN Arena, Manchester Academy and Bridgewater Hall, the city's musical heritage is one of the biggest attractions, although there are countless museums, galleries and historical monuments to discover too.

That's not to mention Manchester's sporting facilities at Old Trafford and Sportcity, where the city's most famous football and cricket teams make their homes. Whether you're exploring the chic, quirky boutiques of the Northern Quarter, tracing Manchester's industrial history or just in town to see a gig or a match, Manchester's bound to surprise you and keep you coming back for more.

Hostels in Manchester
Hostels in Manchester

Perfectly situated near some of Manchester's best shopping, nightlife and transport facilities, YHA Manchester offers high-quality city centre accommodation at an affordable price. With a beautiful waterfront location, great dining and laundry facilities and a large capacity of 136 beds, our Manchester hostel is the perfect place to stay when exploring the city.


Five Free Things To Do In Manchester

Museum of Science and Industry
Collections on subjects as diverse as steam power, textiles and aerospace are spread out over galleries in five listed historic buildings in this fantastic free museum.

Urban Heritage Park
Located in what used to be Manchester's industrial heartland, this area is a great place for a wander - see the Roman Fort on which the city was founded and the restored warehouses by the Bridgewater Canal.

Manchester Art Gallery
With everything from fine art to modern pop-art creations, this large gallery spans three buildings filled with works of local and international significance.

Imperial War Museum North
Its stunning design makes it worth the visit alone, but this museum has dozens of fascinating artefacts for anyone interested in military history.

Platt Fields
If you're lucky enough to catch a sunny day in Manchester, there's nowhere better to spend it than this beautiful public park, complete with a boating lake and labyrinth.

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