19 Things That Prove There's Much More To Manchester Than Football

When it comes to Manchester, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.


It’s mostly known for its football and the fierce rivalry between United and City. But there’s much more to the city than red cards, transfers and missed goals.

1. We’re just a little bit good at other sports. 

Nothing to boast about or anything, we’re just known as the home of British cycling thanks to the National Cycling Centre in SportCity and a lot of Team GB athletes also train at the National Taekwondo Centre in Newton Heath. No biggie.

2. Look at how well the city did in this year’s Olympics!

Manchester has been named as a ‘medals factory’ during Rio 2016, mainly because of the 11 medals earned by the athletes who train in the city’s Cycling Centre. And we’ve even been chosen to host the ‘welcome home’ parade in October. Wahoo!

3. We’re home to the second largest Chinatown in the UK, known as the ‘Chinese Village of the North’.

4. And we’re also pretty clever.

In fact, Manchester has been named as 2016’s European City of Science, don’t ya know!

5. I mean, at the University, two researchers isolated the world’s first 2D material. Pretty impressive, right?

Graphene is one atom thick – 1 million times thinner than a human hair – but is 200 times stronger than steel. Researchers at the University of Manchester were the first people to extract it from Graphite in 2004.

6. The legend that is Professor Brian Cox lectures at the University of Manchester’s School of Physics and Astronomy. I mean, that’s just cool!

7. The city has a hell of a lot of history

Manchester was the first industrial city in the world and was nicknamed Cottonopolis because of its large number of cotton mills during the 1800s. 

8. So Greater Manchester has 55ish museums as testament to that

Great shot of the Imperial War Museum at sunset by @progressivevisuals #bestofmcr #manchester

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9. It’s been written about a lot, but not just for the football

Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell lived here and used Manchester’s industry in her novels, especially in Mary Barton which was subtitled A Tale of Manchester Life. You can still visit the house she later lived in with her husband and children.

10. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels worked together in our oldest library. Clearly that’s nothing to brag about.

Chetham’s Library is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world and here Engels worked on The Condition of the Working Class in England. Marx would visit from London so they could work together in the Reading Room.

11. But it’s not all grey and industrial – the city is laced with beautiful canals as well

Goodnight from Castlefield. Shot earlier tonight by @joeflinders #MCRUK #Castlefield

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12. We’re creative too, especially with music

Not only has Manchester birthed the likes of Oasis and the Stone Roses, but it has also just been voted as the ‘UK’s best live music city’ by NME. Get in!

13. And let’s not forget the street art

14. And the plays

Each year the city hosts the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival throughout July, bringing hundreds of theatre, comedy, dance, poetry, puppets and children's performances to over 23 venues across the city.

15. It’s also a major hotspot for Independent film making

Not only do Mancunians make a lot of independent films, but the city also hosts a number of film festivals throughout the year including Starburst Film Festival, Manchester Film Festival, Kinofilm and Grimm Up North.

16. And it’s clearly Hollywood material

17. Obviously it’s the home of Coronation Street

18. In fact, MediaCity is the home of a lot of the UK’s TV programmes, including the BBC and ITV

Summer in MediaCityUK is glorious! ☀️📸 Photo credit: Chris Stone #photography #summer #salfordquays #mediacityuk

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19. And there’s much more to do than just watch football

Take a trip to the Lowry where you can go to watch a play, musical or opera. Or go shopping in the Trafford Centre and Manchester Arndale. Or go and visit one of the many parks dotted around. Or take your pick of bars and restaurants. The list goes on.

Having fun creating Gruffalo masks with this stunning view #ourfirstlowry

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