Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004

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Manchester has recently been voted the most vibrant and thriving artistic centre in the United Kingdom. Over the last few years it has completely revitalised itself across the whole cultural spectrum. In 2002 the Manchester City Art Gallery reopened after an ambitious £35 expansion and refurbishment, and the Imperial War Museum North opened in a visionary building designed by Daniel Libeskind, next to the already hugely successful Lowry arts centre on Salford Quays.

City Art Gallery Imperial War Museum Lowry arts centre Bridgewater Hall

These developments take their place alongside Manchester’s thriving provision for music and theatre. The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester’s international concert venue, opened in the early Nineties and is now recognised as one of the country’s best concert halls. It is home to the Hallé Orchestra, and two other world-class ensembles (The BBC Philharmonic and the Manchester Camerata) also regularly perform there. It also attracts internationally renowned soloists and ensembles. The College’s position close to the City Centre means that all these venues are easy to get to, most of them within walking distance.

Those in search of a more relaxing night out will find that Manchester is an international city in terms of its restaurant and café life. There are over thirty international cuisines to choose from, with some of the best restaurants in the country. Greater Manchester adjoins the counties of Lancashire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Cheshire which, taken together, form one of the richest and most varied areas of England for historic buildings and places of cultural interest, not to mention spectacular countryside in the Lake District, the Peak District, and the Pennines.

Last updated on 07 June 2004