Until the end of the 19th century Manchester was a small Lancashire town but with the Industrial Revolution it grew rapidly to become one of the most dynamic and important cities in the country. After a period of economic decline, massive investment has seen the city centre transformed and it is now a popular destination for visitors. Demand for Manchester hotels and B&Bs is high.
The city is home to arguably the most famous football team in the world, Manchester United, and as well as sport, the nightlife is a big draw - Manchester has a musical heritage to rival London and Liverpool. There are also many notable museums and galleries to visit, including the Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Transport and the Manchester Art Gallery.