Manchester is notable for its fantastic architecture. Known for producing famous bands, such as Oasis, it is considered a musical and cultural hub hosting an array of arts and festivals. The Arndale Shopping Centre and surrounding restaurants make it a great day out!
Manchester began when a wooden fort was built by the Roman army on a plateau about 1 mile south of the present cathedral about 80 AD. The Romans called it Mamucium. In the 17th century Manchester was famous for wool and also for cotton and silk was also woven in the town. In the early 20th century there was some diversification of industry in Manchester. New industries included flour milling, biscuits and breakfast cereals. The old industry of cotton went into a steep decline. Engineering also suffered during the depression of the 1930s though it revived during World War II. From the 1970s a Chinatown grew up in Manchester. A Chinese Arch was erected in 1987. The Chinese Arts Centre opened the same year. In the 21st century Manchester is a flourishing city. Although the old manufacturing industries have declined service industries are thriving. The Lowry Art Gallery opened in 2000 and Beetham Tower, the tallest building in Manchester was built in 2006.
Today Manchester is a vibrant city with something to suit all tastes. For those looking for a bit of retail therapy the Arndale Centre will be the place for you. This shopping centre has hundreds of shops and eateries for all budgets. For those looking to sample a bitesize piece of Asia then Chinatown is also another place that is well worth a visit which includes restaurants serving Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Lovers of music will know that Manchester is the home of bands such as Oasis and The Stone Roses. Live music can be enjoyed at hundreds of venues across the city ranging from small 200 people venues right up to the 21,000 capacity Manchester Arena. Manchester has a number of theatres across the city that cater to all tastes ranging from the very large Palace Theatre showing the most well-known plays down to HOME Theatre which showcases artisan plays and musicals.
Parking with Q-Park in Manchester provides a safe and secure facility for customers to leave their car in as they explore Manchester from a central location.