When people think of Manchester, England, they may first think about its world-famous sports clubs. But, as business development professional Fahim Imam-Sadeque explains, the city is an up-and-coming destination for tourists.
Manchester has a rich history and traditions. Visitors to the city can immerse themselves in the culture of various libraries, museums, architectural walks, and more.
Here are five ways to experience Manchester’s culture:
1. The Lowry
Michael Wilford designed the architecturally-stunning project, which served as the centrepiece of the regeneration of the docklands area and the Salford Quays.
Don’t miss this gallery and theatre complex located right on the water. There are events that range from international and national to those with a much more local flair.
2. John Rylands Library
Visitors will be awe-struck at the gothic architecture all by itself. It has beautiful vaulted ceilings, ornate archways, and soft illumination throughout.
Aside from the architecture, the building houses one of the United Kingdom’s best collections of academic books, which include several impressive special collections. This includes manuscripts published in medieval times and letters sent from a wide variety of history’s notable figures.
3. Old Trafford
This football stadium has been the home of Manchester United FC of the English Premier League since back in 1910. It’s the largest football stadium in a country full of large football stadiums.
On non-match days, you can take a tour of the grounds and through its backstage areas. While there, you can also take in the history of Manchester United FC and the EPL in general at the museum they have on-site.
Manchester is truly a melting pot, and a great way to experience that is by visiting Chinatown. This is the second-largest Chinatown in the entire United Kingdom.
You’ll be welcomed to the area by a Paifang arch raised here in 1987. It’s the welcome sign to the community of East Asian people, which is very extensive in Manchester.
While in Chinatown, you can experience all the culture has to offer through the wide variety of ethnic restaurants. For example, you can sample authentic Chinese buns and Szechuan cuisine at established dine-in restaurants or street food.
Chinatown is also home to various unique supermarkets and shops that feature traditional toys and household wares.
5. People’s History Museum
The museum features many items that one would find located in the workplace and home, including recreational and entertainment items. You can also learn about some of the most important historical events in Britain. This includes the culture of football, welfare, trade unions and the suffrage movement.
There are plenty of interactive offerings in the museum as well, allowing visitors to learn about the working culture in Britain in a hands-on way.