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Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020
Manchester was at the cutting edge of the Industrial Revolution, with riches pouring in as the loom machines hammered away under a head of steam and the new elite amassed fortunes. Many of these entrepreneurs were much more altruistic than they're often portrayed, and spread their wealth around by funding civic projects and established great buildings. When you come to the city today and stay at a Manchester hotel, guesthouse or bed and breakfast establishment you'll find it to be a thoroughly modern metropolis with plenty to offer. Venues such as the magnificent Museum of Science and Industry bear witness to a glorious industrial past, but Manchester remains a living city, full of enterprise and commercial spirit. Manchester Airport (MAN) for instance now takes the place of the old canals as the major point of entry for goods and services.
Located in the Ringway area of the city, Manchester Airport is an international hub just to the south of the metropolis. It was designated the world's third busiest airport in 2015. This fact alone is evidence of the fact that although the Industrial Revolution may be long gone the importance and energy of Manchester remain, and drive the undimmed but comprehensively transformed fortunes of the city today. Opened in 1938, Manchester Airport has three passenger terminals and a goods terminal, and you can take flights to more than 200 different destinations from here. If you want to get to the airport from your Manchester hotel or guesthouse, you can choose from a number of transport options, including rail and metro link services, as well as a regular bus service.
Manchester makes a great holiday destination. The city is also a popular venue for travelling business people because of its many excellent hotels. These include the design and boutique variety of hotel so popular with visiting corporate representatives. You'll find when you book in to a Manchester hotel of any type that the local transport links are superb. Trams and buses operate in the city centre, major roads take you to the rest of the country, and from Manchester Airport you can reach the rest of the world.