Whether you are interested in music and the performing arts, sport and leisure, or tourism and heritage, Greater Manchester has something on offer for everybody. The city region is, and always has been, a great place for living life to the full.
From the natural beauty of the Pennines and the Peak District to the buzzing urban cool of the city centre, there really is something to suit every lifestyle in Greater Manchester. World-class architecture and international attractions make Manchester one of the most visited cities in the UK and having more than 100,000 students gives the city a cosmopolitan and vibrant edge.
Manchester was named by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2011 among the world’s 50 most liveable cities ahead of London, New York and Rome. A key reason for Manchester’s continued popularity is the amount of public and private sector investment that has transformed the area in the last twenty years. Manchester is also ranked as the best UK city outside of London for both the availability of retailing and leisure amenities and a lively city environment for the second year running*.
In spite of its qualities and popularity, Manchester is a cost-effective location, something that is is reflected across the board from housing costs to leisure and entertainment. You get much more for your money in Manchester, an important factor in recruiting and attracting people to work here.
*(2008 UK Cities Monitor, published by Cushman Wakefield).