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The city of Manchester boomed with the Victorian textile industry. Now the former cotton mills, where Friedrich Engels studied the woeful conditions of the English working classes, have been converted into chic clubs and designer studios. Mancunians are rightly proud of their city’s history and heritage; woe betide anyone who suggests that Manchester is not the capital of the North.

The dockland area of the city has been imaginatively redeveloped. Today it is called Salford Quays – or simply The Quays. That’s where you’ll find the Lowry Arts Centre. Head back into town for Manchester Art Gallery, much talk of football and some of the most seductive shopping around. Once you are done with retail therapy, make the most of Manchester’s legendary club scene.

Modern trams make it easy to get around Manchester. There is also an excellent network of suburban trains serving Greater Manchester and nearby areas of Lancashire and Cheshire. Head to Manchester Piccadilly station for fast regional trains to Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool – all less than an hour away. Piccadilly is also the departure point for regular direct trains to Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Lake District, Newcastle, Birmingham and London. The very fastest trains speed to the capital in just two hours.

There are a number of other city-centre stations in Manchester, notably Oxford Road and Victoria. Both have direct services to Leeds and Liverpool.

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Newton Abbot to Manchester by train

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Llandudno Junction to Manchester by train

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Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester by train

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Newcastle upon Tyne to Manchester by train

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Swindon to Manchester by train

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Weston-super-Mare to Manchester by train

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Stafford to Manchester by train

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Newbury to Manchester by train

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Harrogate to Manchester by train

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Barcelona to Manchester by train

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Glasgow to Manchester by train

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Brighton to Manchester by train

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Bolton to Manchester by train

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Ramsgate to Manchester by train

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Nuneaton to Manchester by train

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West Bromwich to Manchester by train

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Weymouth to Manchester by train

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Wolverhampton to Manchester by train

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Stourbridge to Manchester by train

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Bebington to Manchester by train

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Chesterfield to Manchester by train

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Hemel Hempstead to Manchester by train

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Stockton-on-Tees to Manchester by train

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Bracknell to Manchester by train

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Leicester to Manchester by train

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Redhill to Manchester by train

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Paignton to Manchester by train

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Stevenage to Manchester by train

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Oxford to Manchester by train

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Dover to Manchester by train

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Worthing to Manchester by train

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Newport to Manchester by train

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Wellingborough to Manchester by train

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Swansea to Manchester by train

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Torquay to Manchester by train

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Bletchley to Manchester by train

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Lowestoft to Manchester by train

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Winchester to Manchester by train

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Ilford to Manchester by train

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Mansfield to Manchester by train

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Cheltenham to Manchester by train

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Bedford to Manchester by train

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Welwyn Garden City to Manchester by train

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Alderley Edge to Manchester by train

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Exeter to Manchester by train

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Birmingham to Manchester by train

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Emsworth to Manchester by train

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Aberdeen to Manchester by train

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Blackburn to Manchester by train

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Edinburgh to Manchester by train

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Wrexham to Manchester by train

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Thornaby on Tees to Manchester by train

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Dudley to Manchester by train

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Sittingbourne to Manchester by train

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Milan to Manchester by train

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Rotherham to Manchester by train

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Ascot to Manchester by train

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Alvechurch to Manchester by train

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Blackpool to Manchester by train

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Fareham to Manchester by train

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Basingstoke to Manchester by train

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Ramsgate to Manchester by train

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