Manchester is a major city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester in the north west of England. The country's second biggest city, it forms a continuous conurbation with surrounding towns with the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east.
Manchester is the most linguistically diverse city in western Europe, with up to 200 languages spoken in the city, and its multiculturalism is reflected in the city's public spaces and attractions.
With thousands of acres of parkland and countryside on the doorstep, Manchester offers a vibrant and lively lifestyle, with a world-renowned music scene, a globally recognised art and design culture showcased in over 30 museums and galleries. It's network of canals, local markets and it's sporting credentials also help add to the diversity of the city.
Manchester is home to two of the biggest football teams in the world, Manchester United and Manchester City and sports fans can also enjoy national and international cricket at Lancashire's Old Trafford Ground, with rugby union and rugby league played nearby in Sale, Salford, Wigan and Warrington.
With over 300 restaurants in the city, there is a huge range of high-quality, modern British and international cuisine available to suit all palettes. It also has big name music venues offering a wide diversity of music including rock, indie, jazz, world music, classical and opera.
The Northern Quarter is the hub of Manchester's shopping scene and offers a unique experience with its mix of trendy bars, cafes and boutique shops but for those who prefer having everything under one roof, the out-of-town Trafford Centre is a hotspot.