Manchester is a cultural hotbed with a fascinating history that’s the third-biggest city in the UK. The city has undergone vast changes since the IRA bombing of 1996, becoming one of the exciting and diverse regions in Europe. Home to two globally-famous football teams, a host of world-class venues and a plethora of prestigious buildings, the city is just across the river from Salford, who’s quay is now home to Media City, base of the several BBC departments and countless other media organisations.
The city’s former Hacienda nightclub has been the inspiration for a host of vibrant bars and clubs. The Hacienda was based on Whitworth Street West across from what is now the cultural hub home, between 1982 and 1997 and was the base of the ‘Madchester’ phenomenon of the late 1980s and early 1990s, having a robust association with bands including the Stone Roses, New Order and the Happy Mondays. Oasis, arguably the city’s most famous musical export, played at the Hacienda in 1994.
Coronation Street, the world’s longest-running soap opera was shot at the iconic Granada Studios, just a short walk away from the former Hacienda site, between 1960 and 2014. Hacienda and Factory Records founder Tony Wilson AKA ‘Mr Manchester’, was a Granada Reports presenter for decades, diving his time between hosting regional news, launching new bands and much, much more. Corrie production has now moved just a couple of miles away to Salford Quays, with its former studios now being used for a range of cultural events.
Some of the most-loved UK TV series ever have been shot in Manchester. Iconic series synonymous with the city include Cold Feet, Mastermind, The Royle Family, Cracker, Queer as Folk, Red Dwarf, Prime Suspect and Brideshead Revisited. The city is also noted as a world-class place to eat and drink, playing host to a range of luxury eateries and bars, many of which can be found around Deansgate, St Ann’s Square and King Street. The city is also famous for its Northern Quarter, an area in the north of the city which features a plethora of record shops, alternative clothes shops, bars and cafes. It also has its own Chinatown, which includes a cluster of highly-authentic oriental restaurants and one of the most notable gay villages in the world, the extremely lively and welcoming Canal Street. Those seeking out rural scenery can reach the countryside in just 15-20 minutes.
Those seeking an educational day out in Manchester are catered for fantastically, with the Museum of Science and Industry, Town Hall and Library, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery being amongst its most renowned places to relax and learn. When it comes to clothes shopping, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re on a budget or wish to enjoy a spot of retail therapy in designer boutiques, offering garments from some of the world’s most iconic fashion houses. The popularity of Manchester shows no signs of heading into decline, with Greater Manchester welcoming around 1.4 million international investors each year.
ActUpNorth are proud to have a base in this vibrant city.