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Manchester is a city famous above all for its pioneering role during the industrial age of the 18th and 19th centuries. It led the way in early railway building and introduced the famous cotton spinning machines which transformed British society. It has many fine 19th-century buildings still, such as the wonderfully Neo-Gothic cathedral and the Royal Exchange, which is now a restaurant and theatre. People come to Manchester from all over the world to see the many attractions, and when you choose a four-star hotel in Manchester to stay at you'll have all the comfort and facilities you require to really enjoy your stay here. As an innovative combination of industrial heritage and modern conveniences, Manchester simply cannot be beaten.
There are some excellent attractions in Manchester that also provide real insight into the city's unusually eventful and colourful past. The old quays and docklands have been transformed recently into modern cityscapes replete with restaurants, bars and museums like the magnificent Imperial War Museum North. The Museum of Science and Industry perhaps gives the best experience of the sort of environment which used to prevail here and which generated the wealthy of Croesus for its major players. Engineering transformed the whole of Britain, and Manchester was in on the act from the very beginning, building railways and canals which allowed goods to be taken deep inland. A brave new world of cotton production was introduced when Richard Arkwright invented the steam-driven spinning machine in the late-18th century, and wealth thereafter poured into the city.
The old slums were cleared in the last century, when pollution was also tackled, and today's Manchester is as clean, bright and modern an urban centre as you'll find anywhere in Europe. The trams are reminiscent of Budapest, and although you can get to most places on foot visitors like to hop on just for the pleasure of the ride. The old mills and dock areas have been completely rejuvenated in recent years, with the dirt and grime cleared away and pristine buildings rising in their place, along with much of the preserved industrial heritage. Don't miss the Neo-Gothic cathedral while you're based here in a Manchester four-star hotel, or the Free Trade Hall which is home to the famous Halle Orchestra.
There have never been better opportunities for dining out in Manchester, and new restaurants and bistros are springing up every week. Although the glory days of house music are over there's still a party going on here, with a huge choice of clubs and bars for night birds. From Indian takeaways and Chinese restaurants to smart grills and Michelin starred establishments in the city centre, you're never far away from an inspiring eatery or entertainment venue. Stay in a Manchester four-star hotel for a short break or longer visit and experience one of Britain's greatest cities in all its glory.