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Your guide to events and entertainment in Manchester and Greater Manchester is your arts, culture, events and leisure guide for Manchester and the Greater Manchester area. Our growing guide tells you all about the very best that Manchester and Greater Manchester has to offer.

Manchester is one of Britain's most important cities, and Manchester and Greater Manchester is known nationally and internationally for its great nightlife, football, cricket, arts, culture, entertainment, historic architecture, cultural diversity and for its music scene.

With so much to offer it is hardly surprising that Manchester is considered by many to be England's second city.

Whats On In Manchester

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Our regularly updated listing guide includes the best entertainment in Manchester - shows, concerts, events and exhibitions (more)

Manchester Hotels

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From premium and boutique hotels to value for money hotel chains, Manchester has hotel accommodation to suit every taste and budget (more)

Manchester Entertainment

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Manchester has entertainment to suit almost every taste and budget including, shows, concerts, theatre and public events (more)

Manchester Attractions

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Our guide to Manchester's galleries, museums, exhibitions and architecture and all of the other attractions that makes Manchester unique (more)

Manchester Food & Drink

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Manchester is known nationally and internationally for the sheer variety and quality of food and drink on offer here. (more)

Tourist Information

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Whether you are a tourist, or just visiting, our Tourist and Visitor Information pages will help you make the most of your time here (more)

Greater Manchester is home to nearly 2.7 million people, of which around 500,000 live in the City of Manchester, itself.

At the centre of the Greater Manchester area lies the twin cities of the City of Manchester and the City of Salford. The two cities meet in central Manchester where the River Irwell marks their boundary.

There are 8 other metropolitain boroughs that make up Greater Manchester - Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. Each has one or more town centres of its own and each has its own character and outlook.

Greater Manchester is bounded in the north by Lancashire and by West Yorkshire in the North East. To the south Greater Manchester is bounded by Cheshire and Derbyshire and to the west, Merseyside is its nearest neighbour.

Manchester City Centre is a wonderful patchwork of different areas - Chinatown, Curry Mile, Rusholme, Spinningfields, Gay Village, Northern Quarter, Salford Quays, Deansgate Manchester and Oxford Road. This makes Manchester City Centre a very popular leisure and entertainment destination, not only for people who live in the Greater manchester area, but for those who live further away.

Manchester and the Greater Manchester area has an almost overwhelming selection of bars, restaurants, museums, art galleries, shops, hotels and entertainment venues.

Manchester is home to two world famous football teams Manchester City and Manchester United and the National Football Museum. It is home to Old Trafford, the world famous Cricket ground and several world class Universities. Manchester is home to the BBC, and Granada Television in Media City, Salford Quays.

Manchester City Centre is the business and entertainment centre of the region. The area has great shopping opportunities both in town centres around the Greater Manchester area and The Trafford Centre is one of the country's largest shopping experiences. Manchester also has a well deserved reputation for its excellent markets.

Manchester is serviced by great road and rail links and Manchester Airport links the region with other parts of the country, Europe and the rest of the world. So however you want to spend your time here, has the information you need to get the best out of your time when you are out and about in Manchester.