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10 Things Manchester is Famous For

04 Dec 2023

10 Things Manchester is Famous For
In the heart of the UK lies the vibrant city of Manchester.

From music and sports to history and culture, this dynamic city is steeped in fame. At every corner, Manchester is bursting with character, making it one of the most exciting places to live or visit in the UK.

If you want to know more about this vibrant city, we have covered what Manchester is most famous for in our blog.

1. Football

There is no denying that football and Manchester go hand-in-hand. Walking down the city’s streets, you will frequently hear people discussing football. Manchester City (blue side) and Manchester United (red side) are two of the most popular football clubs in the world. Fierce rivals as they are, the competition between the two is what makes football here so lively.

Did you know that the first professional football league in Manchester was implemented way back in 1888? The National Football Museum is only a 10-minute drive from the Clay Hotel at Manchester Airport if you’re curious about the history of football in Manchester.


Bury Football Club grounds in Manchester.

2. Coronation Street

The longest-running show on TV, Coronation Street was filmed in Manchester. If you need some catching up, this British soap opera depicted the lives of residents in the fictional town of Weatherfield since the 1960s. From famous characters like Ken and Dierdre to delectable Lancashire food such as Betty’s Hot Pot, Coronation Street will not fail to capture your attention. 

Next time you’re in Manchester, be sure to walk along “the cobbles”  for the Coronation Street experience.


People inside a concert hall with bright neon lights.

3. Music

Manchester is not only the music capital of the UK, it has shaped music worldwide. In the late 1980s, a vibrant music and culture scene developed in Manchester. The “Manchester Scene”, as it was called, saw the blending of genres such as 1960s pop, acid house, and rave music. With notable bands such as The Smiths, The 1975, The Stone Roses, and Oasis, all originating in the city, Manchester remains influential in the music industry.

Manchester’s music venues are primarily located in the AO Arena if you want to immerse yourself in its musical legacy.

4. University of Manchester

The University of Manchester has influenced developments worldwide. It was here that nuclear energy and radiotherapy developed after Ernest Rutherford’s breakthrough in splitting an atom in 1917. The first modern computer, which ran its program in 1948, was also developed at the University of Manchester. Our smartphones and laptops are its legacy, showing how this global institution has shaped our world.


College buildings of the University of Manchester

5. The Industrial Revolution

The Manchester we know today emerged during the Industrial Revolution. It is the first industrialised city in the world. The first working canal in the UK and the world’s first railway line developed here in 1761 and 1830, respectively. As the largest producer of cotton and textiles, Manchester was the engine of the Industrial Revolution. The second largest railway station in the UK, Victoria Station is still one of the oldest in the world.

6. The Worker Bee

The Worker Bee is the symbol of Manchester. All across the city, on bins and the side of buildings, the Worker Bee stands conspicuously, showing how the city was built from the ground by hardworking people. It symbolises collective strength and has been there for over 250 years.

Can you spot all the Worker Bees in Manchester? They’re everywhere, including the Manchester Town Hall and Kimpton Clocktower. 


Manchester Town Hall at night.

7. The Suffragette Movement

A pivotal part of world history, the Suffragette Movement, originated in Manchester. Its leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, was a Moss-side-born Manchester native. Along with her comrades, she worked tirelessly to secure the right to vote for women at the turn of the 20th century. 

The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded in 1903. By 1909, their weekly newspaper, Votes for Women, already had a circulation of 22,000.

8. Vimto

One of the most popular drinks in the UK, Vimto, was invented in Manchester in 1908. Made of grapes, blackcurrants, and raspberries, Vimto has a soft distinctive flavour. Its founder, John Nicols, accidentally produced it when trying to create a healthy drink to combat alcoholism. 

You cannot miss the towering “Monument to Vimto” when you’re in Manchester. Built in 1992, this oversized monument of a Vimto bottle was installed in Vimto Park where the drink was born.


Arndale Gallery in Manchester city centre.

9. Manchester Arndale

The diverse range of shopping districts in Manchester makes shopping an unforgettable experience in this city. One of the largest shopping centres in the UK, Manchester Arndale is a one-stop destination for high-street fashion brands, accessories, and beauty products. There are more than 200 stores, food outlets, and leisure venues such as Urban Playground at Arndale.

Explore the shopper’s paradise in Manchester at the boutique shops of Disbury.

10. Green Spaces

The urban landscape of Manchester is dotted with green spaces. Within this bustling city, residents and visitors can find peaceful retreats in the numerous parks and botanical gardens. Heaton Park is one of the largest municipal parks in Europe and covers over 600 acres of land. Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden is Didsbury’s hidden gem, housing woodlands and wildlife habitats.

For a relaxing day in nature with some art therapy, explore the art installations at Whitworth Park. 


Water Pond with lush vegetation in Heaton Park, Manchester.

The developments in history, music, sports, and culture make Manchester a vibrant city. With a cityscape full of greenery, there is more to it than meets the eye. In this blog, we have covered the top 10 things Manchester is famous for to give you a glimpse into its rich heritage.

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