Whilst London is often believed to be the UK ‘capital’ for events, what’s starting to be recognised is that the City of Manchester offers many similar advantages and positive benefits as a location for national and international events.
Manchester has great travel and transport links including an international city airport and inter-city train links, which make Manchester accessible to event attendees from all over the UK, as well as Ireland, Europe and more internationally. The famous Manchester canals also offers the opportunity for experiencing water travel and events.
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As quoted by Anthony Wilson, Manchester is a thriving place and is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK.
The music that was created here is iconic, the independent arts scene is growing, our football is known worldwide and more tourists are arriving every month. That’s not even mentioning the new restaurant or bar that opens up every week.
Manchester has it all. Just within the city centre alone, there are vibrant venues and exciting locations for events, including:
- Albert Square – this historic 19th Century square is home to the Manchester Town Hall. The square itself hosts many of Manchester’s popular outdoor events, such as the Manchester International Festival and seasonal festivals such as Christmas Markets and summer Jazz Festival.
- Castlefield – the city’s conservation area includes the oldest industrial canal in the world, a Roman Fort, ancient cobbled street and unique warehouse locations.
- Northern Quarter – streets upon streets of independent bars and restaurants, where locals and tourists flock for buzzing nightlife, eclectic shopping and a uniquely creative vibe.
- Market Street and the Cathedral Quarter – a busy retail hub with stunning cathedral walkways and backdrop.
- Spinningfields – Manchester’s business district has grown in size and reputation, with both the Spinningfields and Picadilly areas being home to the HQs and regional offices of many UK companies and corporations. Names in these districts include the Guardian Media Group, Barclays Wealth, RBS, Thomas Cook Airlines and of course Manchester United FC.