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Although the city of Manchester was but a township throughout most of the middle ages, it begun expanding at an incredible rate in the beginning of the 19th century thanks in large to a boom in textile manufacturing triggered by the industrial revolution. This development is what eventually would come to grant Manchester the informal nickname of “Cottonopolis”. The rapid urbanization resulted in city status by 1853, at which point Manchester had become the world’s first industrialized city. It remained at the forefront of political and scientific progress for some time after, being where the first ever Trades Union Congress was held, where the Rolls Royce was first assembled, where scientists first split the atom and where the first programmable computer was made. The city of Manchester suffered from the decline of the cotton industry in the 60s, but it has recently been subject to extensive investments and regeneration efforts. It has since begun to be regarded by many as the second city of the United Kingdom in terms of cultural and historical influence, though the title is not officially recognized.

There are plenty of historical and cultural attractions to be found in the city. Hosting over 50 free museums and galleries, there are exhibitions to be sampled on anything from contemporary art to local history. Moreover original cotton mills from back when the cotton trade was Manchester’s primary industry can be found all over the city, some left untouched and others converted into apartments or office space. For more elegant architecture, the Manchester Town Hall is considered to be one of the most important Victorian buildings in England. It is built in the Gothic Revival style and has on several occasions been used in film as a replacement location for the Palace of Westminster.

However Manchester is better known today for its two world-class football clubs, its vibrant music scene and a nightlife that very nearly rivals that of London. For sport-lovers a visit to Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, is a must. For shopping and entertainment the areas the Printworks and the Triangle should be visited, though bars and clubs – of which there are over 500 licensed establishments in the city of Manchester – can in fact be found all over the place. For major music events the Manchester Evening News Arena, the Manchester Apollo and the Manchester Academy hosts big pop and rock concerts, whereas the Bridgewater Hall focuses on more classical music. The Band on the Wall Roadhouse, the Night and Day Café and Ruby Lounge are smaller establishments at which local live music may be enjoyed at a smaller scale. Although not as famous as the Manchester music scene, local theatre and other performing arts are thriving and may be seen at the Manchester Opera House, the Palace theatre or the Royal Exchange Theatre.