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10 fascinating facts about Manchester

Mancunians will probably tell you that Manchester is the best city in the world, let alone in England. But for the rest of us, it’s a great place to visit. Here are 10 things you might not know about Manchester.

Steeped in history in industry, music and of course, football, this bustling destination in the north west is the second most visited city in the country.

Here are Scandinavian Traveler’s top 10 fascinating facts about Manchester:

The bronze statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in St Peter's Square, Manchester. Photo: Shutterstock

The birthplace of the Suffragette movement

Born in Manchester back in 1858 to a family of passionate campaigners, Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, which called for the right for women to vote. 62 Nelson Street, previously Emmeline’s home, is now the Pankhurst Centre and it displays the work and struggle of the women who later became known as the Suffragettes. Visitors will also find a landmark bronze sculpture of Emmeline’s in the city’s St Peter's Square.

St Peter's Square, Manchester

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The world’s first professional football league was founded in a Manchester hotel

The world’s first professional football league was set up in 1888 at Manchester’s Royal Hotel. The hotel was demolished some 20 years later in 1908. Today the city is home to two of the Premier League’s biggest football teams - Manchester City and Manchester United. Just four miles separate their respective home stadiums, The Etihad and Old Trafford.

Main slope at the indoor skiing snowboarding facility Chill Factore. Photo: Shutterstock

You can hit real snow slopes all year-round

Chill Factore is the UK's longest indoor ski and snowboarding slope and only a few minutes from Manchester’s city centre. The £31m venue boasts a whopping 180m long real snow slope and is considered one of the best family leisure destinations in the North West of England.

Make sure you visit the ‘Curry Mile’ and grab a bite. Photo: Shutterstock

Manchester is home to the ‘Curry Mile’

Britain loves its curries and nowhere more so than Manchester. The 'Curry Mile' is a must visit for those who love to indulge in Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern cuisine. Whilst it’s tipped to have one of the largest concentrations of South Asian restaurants outside of the Indian subcontinent, it is in fact only half a mile in length, beginning at Wilmslow Road.

The 'Curry Mile'

Wilmslow Road, Manchester

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Enjoy a pint at the ‘smallest bar in Europe’

The Circus Tavern on Portland Street claims to be the ‘smallest bar in Europe’, running at less than a meter long. The pub, which covers just 500 square feet, is hugely popular with Manchester United fans on match days. The club’s legendary Northern Ireland winger George Best was said to be a frequent visitor.

The Circus Tavern

86 Portland Street M1 4GX, Manchester

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The Manchester Bee can be found in various places around Manchester. Photo: Shutterstock

The Manchester Bee

The worker bee, referred to locally as the Manchester bee, has come to proudly symbolise the industrious nature of the city and its residents since back in 1842. The iconic symbol was also used as a sign of solidarity after the Manchester Arena attacks in 2017. Look out for the Manchester Bee in the mosaic floor inside Manchester’s Town Hall.

Manchester kick started the Industrial Revolution

According to the history books, the ‘arrival of the Bridgewater Canal in Castlefield in July 1761 marked the beginning of the Industrial Revolution’. Manchester established itself as the commercial centre for the textile industry in the 19th century and it later became known as ‘Cottonopolis’.

Rolls-Royce became a reality after a lunch at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. Photo: Shutterstock.

Rolls met Royce at The Midland Hotel

Are you still dreaming of one day purchasing a Rolls-Royce? The iconic luxury British car manufacturing company was created over lunch at The Midland Hotel in Manchester in 1904. It was here car salesman Charles Rolls met engineer Henry Royce and the rest as they say is history.

The Midland Hotel

16 Peter St, Manchester

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The first passenger railway launched in Manchester

The Duke of Wellington opened the first modern and fully timetabled inter-city passenger railway in 1830. Powered by steam, the service connected Liverpool and Manchester. You can visit the oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world’s first railway warehouse at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum.

You can learn more about the sport deeply rooted in England's history

The National Football Museum is the biggest football museum in the world.The five-floor Urbis Building opened in Manchester in 2012 and has 2,500 exhibits and memorabilia on display. The museum’s president is none other than Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who was also part of the England team that won the 1966 FIFA World Cup.

The National Football Museum

Urbis Building Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester

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