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Manchester had an excellent start in life. Designed as a frontier fort by the supremely practical Romans, the city has always had an enterprising and hands-on approach. It was a leading light of the Industrial Revolution, which brought it great wealth and admiration, and visitors today can still see the heritage of those times all around them. At the same time, Manchester is a thoroughly up-to-date and modern city, with an important international airport and a buzzing club and music scene. It's still a centre for business, and tourism is becoming increasingly important too. There are so many things to see and do here, and from a Manchester three-star hotel you'll easily be able to get around on foot because it is also a very compact city.
A lot of the great civic buildings such as the Manchester Royal Exchange and the Town Hall were built from the proceeds of the city's industrial past. They date from the 19th Century, when Manchester was also becoming a centre for radical change in attitudes towards the poor and factory workers. The masses that actually drove the Industrial Revolution lived in often appalling conditions, and the later slum clearances and creation of smoke-free zones helped transform the city into the clean and modern metropolis it has become. These changes were fuelled by new publications such as the campaigning Manchester Guardian, which is still arguably the best newspaper in the UK today. Stay at a three-star hotel in Manchester and explore this rich heritage for yourself.
Manchester has always been a leading crucible of innovation, and yesterday's world of steam-powered mill machines, warehouses and canals has been replaced by one of high-tech start-ups and a lively nightlife. Bring the kids along for a ride on the colourful trams in the city centre, resurrected to take the pressure off other transport systems and now a great tourist attraction as well. For the best of Manchester's industrial heritage architecture, visit the old quays and docks, now being rejuvenated. There you'll also find the hugely impressive Imperial War Museum North with its interactive displays and documentary films about warfare and its impact on local communities.
Manchester is a city brimming full of energy and creativity, which also takes great pride in its heritage. Much of this is on display in museums such as the Museum of Science and Industry. The interactive displays are great fun as well as educational, and you can see working steam engines along with demonstrations of industrial weaving on original machines. Football fans will enjoy visiting the home ground of one of England's most famous clubs, and there are loads of different places to eat and drink. Stay at a Manchester three-star hotel such as the Pendulum Hotel or The Castlefield Hotel and you'll have all the comforts and conveniences you need to enjoy a really fabulous break in this great city.