At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. Today, we visit the northern British metropolis of Manchester.
With a city population of over 530,000 residents and over 2.7 million inhabitants in the larger metropolitan area, Manchester is the UK’s second-most populous urban area and the key city of northern England. Previously a Celtic stronghold, Roman fort, manorial village, and medieval market town, Manchester became an important center for the manufacture and trade of woolens and linens by the mid-16th Century. The growth of the textile industry, combined with advancements and developments in transportation infrastructure in the 18th Century and the Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century, transformed Manchester into the world’s first industrialized city at a prodigious rate.
With this rapid manufacturing development came great wealth and ambitious building projects, including new canal and railway systems connecting Manchester’s textile mills to the Mersey docks and the rest of the country. Manchester’s magnificent Town hall, built in the Gothic Revival style, was completed at the height of the Victorian Era in 1877. After the damage of the Blitz in World War II and post-industrial decline in the postwar period, Manchester saw extensive urban renewal in the 1990s and beyond.
Manchester today is a vibrant and diverse economic and cultural juggernaut. The city’s music scene was among the UK’s most active and exciting through the 1980s & ’90s, and larger-scale venues like Manchester Arena and the Bridgewater Concert Hall host major touring international acts. Besides the Town Hall, major city landmarks include Manchester Cathedral (dating back to a parish church erected on the site in 1421), Beetham Tower (the tallest building in the UK outside of London), the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Art Gallery, central shopping boulevards and public squares, and the 610-acre Heaton Park, one of the largest municipal parks in Europe.
Manchester is also famed for its football clubs. Manchester United, who play their home games at the historic Old Trafford (the largest football ground in the country), are one of the most successful clubs in the world, having won 20 league titles in club history as well as numerous domestic and international trophies. Manchester City, who play at the City of Manchester Stadium, have had great recent success as well, having won two Premier League titles in the past decade. Manchester also frequently hosts major European football championship matches and other international sporting events at its world-class sports facilities.
Manchester is a historic center for rail travel, and remains a busy rail hub today; the city’s busiest railway station, Manchester Piccadilly, handles over 25 million passengers per year. Manchester Airport is the third busiest airport in the UK and the busiest outside the Greater London region, also welcoming over 25 million passengers per year.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in Manchester, UK.