Manchester is an action-packed city. Sport, music, history, industry, diversity and culture are everywhere. City and United were the top two clubs in England in 2012 but don't forget Bolton, Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale
The city was the birthplace of the industrial revolution, and recently invigorated through new developments in the centre, Salford Quays and elsewhere.
Built around Victorian textiles and the docks of the Manchester Ship Canal, the paintings of LS Lowry chronicle a city of factory labour, and Manchester's rich history includes the meeting of Marx and Engels and many developments in the labour movement such as the first Trades Union Congress. In the 20th century, its universities saw Rutherford split the atom and Turing and team build the first modern computer.
A rich media scene includes the headquarters of The Guardian, the BBC at Salford Quays, Granada Studios & Coronation Street, and the famous Madchester music scene that spawned the likes of the Happy Mondays and Oasis.
Mancunians can also boast of 'curry mile' in Rusholme, the gay village around Canal Street, a fast train service south, and a major airport, as well as motorways galore and the beautiful Pennines to the east.