Welcome to the website about the City of Manchester - the tourist guide to its attractions, places of interest, leisure and entertainment and in particular restaurants, pubs and bars and hotels.

Manchester in England is a metropolitan borough with city status, famous for being the world's first industrial city. The origin of the name "Manchester" is said to be derived from the old Celtic word "Mamucio" meaning the breast of a hill and Romanised by adding the word "ceaster", derived from the old Latin meaning town'. Despite its historic origins, today Manchester is a city bustling with life and attracting tourists from all over the world for its history, entertainment, cultural attractions, nightlife, shopping, fantastic hotels and restaurants offering the complete range of international cuisine.

Manchester Arndale is the UK's largest inner-city shopping centre, located in the heart of Manchester City Centre with over 240 shops and major department stores.

With its historic sports grounds and iconic museums through to internationally renowned theatre and retail outlets, Salford Keys provides a wonderful mix of culture, retail and leisure around a continually evolving waterfront destination. Nearby is the stunning Manchester Millennium Bridge

Drawing upon its heritage and befitting of it's industrial past, housed in a former Edwardian pumping station on the banks of the River Irwell in the heart of Manchester, the People's History Museum (open Monday to Sunday from 10.00am until 5.00pm) is dedicated to the way that working peoples lives changed. Another museum, The Museum of Science and Industry too is located in a building linking todays Manchester with its industrial past, the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world.

Wythenshawe Hall is a dramatic timber-framed Tudor house built around 1540 set amid beautiful gardens.

However Manchester is a city of contrasts successfully combining the old with the very new.

One of modern Manchester's latest and most spectacular attractions is, the impressive 60m high Wheel of Manchester, offering breathtaking views of the city in complete comfort. Also contributing to the drama of Manchester's skyline, set in a modernistic glass building rising high above the centre of Manchester, Urbis is an exhibition centre focusing on city life covering photography, design, architecture, music, contemporary art. Manchester's Imperial War Museum North is an award-winning futuristic building by international architect Daniel Libeskind. The 47-storey Beetham Tower is the tallest building in Manchester

The Manchester Galleries house the city’s internationally renowned and designated collections of fine art, decorative art and costume as well as running exhibitions and displays, public events and education programmes.

Whatever your culinary preference, you will be sure to find an abundant choice of restaurants to suit your palate. Manchester's Chinatown behind Piccadilly Plaza or Manchester's "Curry Mile" in Rusholme are renowned for their Chinese and Indian restaurants. However there is a myriad of every other type of cuisine imaginable. See the restaurants guide for more information.

Whilst in Manchester, why not look in at the Manchester Paintball Arena - the UK's largest indoor paintball site with all the advantages of a large outdoor playing area but in a safe, warm, dry environment and best of all, no mud!

Cityco has produced the City Centre Strategic Plan 2009-12 in partnership with Manchester City Council. The document sets out a vision for the development of the city centre over the next three to four years, describing the challenges and key priorities for each area within the city centre. The final document has now been published and is available to view in our strategy section. See

How to get to Manchester