Things to Do in Manchester

By: Mike

Manchester has been the pride of England during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. In fact, it was this city's trail-blazing spirit that pioneered the heralding of a new era in industrialisation. On your visit here, make sure your list of 'things to do in Manchester' includes discovering this city's rich industrial heritage.

In the early part of the 18th century, Manchester was a little more than a village. In the year 1783, the introduction of a steam-powered cotton-making machine laid the foundation for this city's growth into the world's cotton centre. In fact, it was christened as Cotton polis because of its contribution to this industry.

In the year 1761, the Bridgewater Canal was engineered to bring in coal. Then, in the 1890s, the Manchester Ship Canal was built to attract bigger vessels and helped this city in becoming an inland port. This port is still operational and is generating handsome revenues for Manchester.

When you set out to discover this city's industrial heritage, you'll find that a number of industries have flourished here for years now. Watchmakers, tea dealers, boiler-makers, et al, have found a great footing here. In fact, going around visiting these industrial set-ups is one of the most exciting things to do in Manchester.

This industrial richness has contributed to the development of art galleries, libraries and other civic structures. The Town Hall, Museum of Science and Industry, etc. are some places that showcase the rich heritage of this city. The Rockdale Pioneers Museum and the canal area of Castle field are great spots to understand Manchester's industrial history.

At the Wigan Pier, you can enjoy a boat trip on the canal. At Trencher field Mill, you will get the opportunity of seeing the largest working steam engine in the world. The Quarry Bank Mill is a place where you can witness the process of cotton making . The Annual Heritage Open Days give visitors a great chance to visit some interesting spots that are otherwise closed to general public.

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