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THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN MANCHESTER

Since the IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996, a large portion of the City Centre has been rebuilt. This includes:

The world's largest Marks & Spencer store
Printworks - includes IMAX cinema and Hard Rock Cafe
Water Features
Sculpture
Relocated Olde-Worlde pubs

Other features in the City Centre include beautiful architecture, statues, a completely overhauled waterway cafe-bar district along the rivers used in the Industrial Revolution, Chinatown, and a huge commercial district. Much of the area is being redeveloped for the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Outside the City Centre, places of note include Rusholme (as mentioned above), Didsbury (known for it's parks and nightlife), Fallowfield (students and cheap pubs), Moss Side (crime and Manchester City FC), Trafford (Salford Quays waterway development and Manchester United FC), and many, many others of highly varied atmospheres and states of repair.

For the casual tourist, I would recommend sticking to the centre as there is so much to experience there, but if you're staying for a while, be sure to visit some of the suburbs to get a real feel for the place.