MANCHESTER

United Kingdom
16°C Jul

The Spirit of Rock n’ Roll

Boasting a long history of industrial achievements, and at once cradle of football and alternative rock music, Manchester will bring out the rebel hiding in each of us.

Boasting a long history of industrial achievements, and at once cradle of football and alternative rock music, Manchester will bring out the rebel hiding in each of us.

The city actually invests in that underground aspect, which you are likely to come across on every street corner. Northern Quarter is one of the defining landmarks of English alternative culture, even more so than London's punkish Camden Town. You will constantly be on the lookout for street art frescoes, whether of political and artistical overtones, or simply representing Manchester bees, the city's heraldic symbol. Enter one of its many art galleries and discover daring contemporary works of art, 500-year-old Japanese etchings as well as mid-20th-century paintings by Laurence Stephen Lowry, who visually told the industrial history of the region. Manchester has always been on the forefront of global and historical heritage preservation, which you can attest to in its many libraries, full of unique manuscripts, some being several-millennia old.

It is getting dark and the streets are filled with energy. It is happy hour time in the pubs. And on game nights, the atmosphere is electric. Fans of Manchester United are dressed in red while Manchester City supporters wear blue. The two legendary teams make England proud and compete each year to win the most prestigious national and European cups. Manchester is also the embodiment of rock n' roll. It is the birthplace of bands like The Smiths, Joy Division and even Oasis, offering them a springboard before rising to worldwide fame and leaving their marks in the world of music. Capital of counterculture, the city's strong character proves fascinating. Experiment the outdoor stages and various festivals, and explore the indomitable soul of Madchester, as it is affectionately nicknamed, forever rebellious.

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When to go

Jul
16°C
39%
Aug
16°C
35%
Sept
14°C
30%
Oct
11°C
32%
Nov
7°C
37%
Dec
5°C
32%
Jan
4°C
29%
Feb
5°C
32%
Mar
6°C
29%
Apr
8°C
27%
May
11°C
32%
Jun
14°C
33%