Manchester is more of an industrial town than a tourist spot, but there were some pretty cool points of interest. They have a railway museum in the world’s oldest railway station, the one that connected Manchester to Liverpool during the Industrial Revolution. They had some really old train cars on display and an animated history of what life was like during the Industrial Revolution.
Manchester has a large shipping industry as well and the area around the quays (docks) is very modern and looks like it’s been beautified recently. Just a short walk along the river brings you to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. The area around Old Trafford is definitely the highlight of the city on a game day. The pubs and the general atmosphere in the neighborhood are a good consolation if tickets to the game are not to be had. There is another Premier League football club in town, Manchester City, and either would provide a thrilling experience, but the more famous Manchester United has a more recognized history and fans on all corners of the globe.
A little further down the river is the impressive Imperial War Museum. The unique architecture of the building makes a trip to this museum worth a visit. There are two bridges in the area that are art in their own right and an indoor shopping center that provides shelter from the frequent rain. Back in the city center, Manchester has a wide array of night life and a fancy restaurant on the 9th floor of the tallest building in town that offers views of the surrounding area.
In response to Rob Spence: You’re note gave me a hearty laugh. I am very sorry to have offended you so much! As a poor university student, my funds are quite low and my travels are limited to whatever is free in the city that I can do or see in the 1-2 days of my stay. I do not doubt that there are a number of cultural things to do while in Manchester. I wish I had your eloquently written advice before I visited the city! Unfortunately, I did not have a learned tour guide, such as you, to direct me. Primarily, all that is known of your city to the vast majority of non-British citizens is the extremely popular football club (which I might add is quite fashionable in Korea whereas Thailand prefers Liverpool) and the importance of your city during the Industrial Revolution. Again, I sincerely apologize if I have offended you, and you are absolutely right to point out that this is not a tourism article. I write of the experiences that I have had during my travels. I enjoyed your city quite a lot (a friend had warned me not to bother to visit Manchester as it was not worth the money spent to get there, but I am glad I did not listen), especially the beautiful town hall!