Travelling around Manchester
Known as the UK’s second city, Manchester is a bustling metropolitan hub in the North West, famous for its music, sport, nightlife and social impact.
The third most visited city in the UK, it has a rich heritage stretching back to its status as the world’s first industrialised city.
Like most cities, Manchester has an excellent transport network that expands into the Greater Manchester area. Arriva buses provide links to nearby Eccles, Stretford, Salford, Altrincham, and more.
Starting its life in 79AD, the City of Manchester was a civilian settlement associated with the Roman Fort of Mamucium/Mancunium.
Achieving city status in 1853, the unplanned urban expansion happened due to it being at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, when it specialised in textile manufacturing. When the Manchester Ship Canal opened in 1894, the Port of Manchester continued the city’s fortunes, but these declined following the outbreak of The Second World War.
The city has since become a Beta World City following extensive regeneration that started in 1996.