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A city break in Manchester embraces one of the most vibrant cities in the north of England. The compact city is teeming with quirky shops, interesting galleries, museums and Gothic buildings nestled between contemporary architecture. A walk around the city centre reveals the vast Exchange Square and Cathedral, close to the main commercial shopping area brimming with high street stores and eclectic boutiques. The city's musical heritage has for a long time been at the forefront of the British music scene. Equally as important is the city's relationship with football, home to the two of the UK's key teams, Manchester United and Manchester City.
From shopping to galleries and museums to legendary nightlife, there's always something to keep visitors entertained while visiting Manchester. Sports fans can take a stadium tour, while culture-seekers can head to The Lowry or Manchester Art Gallery to see some classics by European masters. Renowned for its shopping, there are options to suit all tastes, from independent boutiques in the Northern Quarter to shopping centres and departments stores in the centre.
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Manchester Airport, situated close to the city centre, is one of the premiere gateways to the north of England, with upwards of 60 airlines flying to around 200 destinations worldwide.
Manchester Airport is located in Ringway, about 9 miles southwest of the city centre.
Passengers wishing to take the train can catch TransPennine Express or Northern Rail services to the city and beyond. The airport operates bus and coach services to a wide range of destinations and there is also a Metrolink line that connects the airport with the city. Taxis are available from ranks outside all three terminals.