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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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Stockport to Manchester by train

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Helens to Manchester by train

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Salisbury to Manchester by train

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Basingstoke to Manchester by train

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Blackburn to Manchester by train

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Inverness to Manchester by train

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Hastings to Manchester by train

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Banbury to Manchester by train

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Clayton-le-Woods to Manchester by train

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Loughborough to Manchester by train

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Barcelona to Manchester by train

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Basildon to Manchester by train

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Ipswich to Manchester by train

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Bristol to Manchester by train

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Stevenage to Manchester by train

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Ayr to Manchester by train

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Leamington Spa to Manchester by train

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Huntingdon to Manchester by train

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Chichester to Manchester by train

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Gloucester to Manchester by train

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Swansea to Manchester by train

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Cardiff to Manchester by train

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Leighton Buzzard to Manchester by train

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Preston to Manchester by train

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Worthing to Manchester by train

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Langwathby to Manchester by train

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Maidenhead to Manchester by train

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Walsall to Manchester by train

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Weston-super-Mare to Manchester by train

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Luton to Manchester by train

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Durham to Manchester by train

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Croydon to Manchester by train

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Ilford to Manchester by train

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Hebden Bridge to Manchester by train

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Crawley to Manchester by train

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Bolton to Manchester by train

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Halifax to Manchester by train

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Barnstaple to Manchester by train

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Newcastle upon Tyne to Manchester by train

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York to Manchester by train

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Bradford to Manchester by train

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Paisley to Manchester by train

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Truro to Manchester by train

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Great Yarmouth to Manchester by train

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Reading to Manchester by train

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Runcorn to Manchester by train

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Norwich to Manchester by train

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Macclesfield to Manchester by train

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Liverpool to Manchester by train

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Cleethorpes to Manchester by train

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Chesterfield to Manchester by train

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Chatham to Manchester by train

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Southampton to Manchester by train

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Nuneaton to Manchester by train

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Emsworth to Manchester by train

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Rotherham to Manchester by train

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Leicester to Manchester by train

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Peterborough to Manchester by train

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Hereford to Manchester by train

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Brussels to Manchester by train

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Chelmsford to Manchester by train

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Bournemouth to Manchester by train

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Scarborough to Manchester by train

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Hounslow to Manchester by train

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Stevenage to Manchester by train

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