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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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Portsmouth to Manchester by train

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London to Manchester by train

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Slough to Manchester by train

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Reading to Manchester by train

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Newcastle upon Tyne to Manchester by train

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Coventry to Manchester by train

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Stratford-upon-Avon to Manchester by train

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Rotherham to Manchester by train

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Scarborough to Manchester by train

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Worthing to Manchester by train

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Middlesbrough to Manchester by train

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York to Manchester by train

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Brighton to Manchester by train

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Bassetlaw to Manchester by train

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Tamworth to Manchester by train

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Macclesfield to Manchester by train

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Doncaster to Manchester by train

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Peterborough to Manchester by train

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Milton Keynes to Manchester by train

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Birmingham International Airport to Manchester by train

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Huddersfield to Manchester by train

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Bebington to Manchester by train

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Lille to Manchester by train

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Corby to Manchester by train

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Helens to Manchester by train

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Southport to Manchester by train

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Windermere to Manchester by train

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Aberdeen to Manchester by train

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Mansfield to Manchester by train

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Bridgend to Manchester by train

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Newport to Manchester by train

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Leeds to Manchester by train

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Wolverhampton to Manchester by train

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Crewe to Manchester by train

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Swansea to Manchester by train

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Colchester to Manchester by train

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Ormskirk to Manchester by train

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Gravesend to Manchester by train

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Retford to Manchester by train

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Paignton to Manchester by train

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Kirkcaldy to Manchester by train

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Wellingborough to Manchester by train

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Bridgwater to Manchester by train

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Welwyn Garden City to Manchester by train

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Nuneaton to Manchester by train

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Aylesbury to Manchester by train

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Luton to Manchester by train

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Bradford to Manchester by train

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Chatham to Manchester by train

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Bath to Manchester by train

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Exeter to Manchester by train

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Cambridgeshire to Manchester by train

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Carlisle to Manchester by train

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Chinley to Manchester by train

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Birmingham to Manchester by train

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Gloucester to Manchester by train

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Hastings to Manchester by train

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Truro to Manchester by train

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Newton Abbot to Manchester by train

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Bicester to Manchester by train

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Ilford to Manchester by train

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Didcot to Manchester by train

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Scunthorpe to Manchester by train

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Cleethorpes to Manchester by train

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