Diverse, energetic and bursting with character; Manchester is one of the most exciting places in the UK right now where everybody and anybody is welcomed with open arms.

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. And today the city combines this heritage with a vision to be a city that delivers surprise.

The city centre itself is jam-packed with a unique mix of restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries and hotels, whilst the surrounding Greater Manchester area offers quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces and waterways to be explored.

There’s always something going on in Manchester. Whether that be an international festival, a Premiership football match or a high-profile musician performing in one of the city’s many venues –you’ll never be bored.

The buzz of the place is contagious, with new bars and restaurants opening every week, serving pretty much any cuisine you could think of.

One of the best things about the city is its diversity. Ultra-modern buildings share Manchester’s skyline with imposing structures such as the Town Hall; one-off boutiques compete for shoppers with high-street stores; and the multicultural population means there’s a Chinatown, a Curry Mile and a gay village.