Manchester is the regional capital of the north west of England, which is the UK's largest economic region outside London.
The northwest region has a population of over 6 million.
The Greater Manchester area is populated by 2.5 million people living within 1,200 km.
Manchester has a population of around 430,000 within the city center.
Greenwich Mean Time (5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time) When it is noon in New York City, it is 5/00 PM in Manchester. However, due to differences in daylight saving practices between the US and England, there is a one week period in the Fall when Manchester is 4 hours ahead of New York; and a one week period in the Spring when Manchester is 6 hours ahead of New York.
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|January - March||48|
|April - June||66|
|July - September||68|
|October - December||55|
Equivalent Weights And Measures
1 cm 0.39 inches
1 meter 3.28 feet / 1.09 yards
1 km 0.62 miles
1 liter 0.26 gallons
1 inch 2.54 cm
1 foot 0.39 meters
1 yard 0.91 meters
1 mile 1.60 km
1 gallon 3.78 liters
January 1, 2 New Year's Day
March or April (varies) Good Friday
March or April (varies) Easter and Easter Monday
First Monday in May Bank holiday
Last Monday of May Spring Bank holiday
Last Monday in August: Bank Holiday
December 24-26, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
To find out what's on in the city, buy the fortnightly City Life listings and reviews magazine, from any newsstand.
Currency is the Euro (EUR). The notes are in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, and 5 euro. The denominations of coins are 2 euro, 1 euro, 50 euro cent, 20 euro cent, 10 euro cent, 5 euro cent, 2 euro cent, and 1 euro cent.
Dental Hospital of Manchester
Higher Cambridge St.
Manchester Royal Infirmary
13 Oxford Rd
Cyberia Net-Works Center at the Central Library
Tues. & Thurs. 10am-7:30pm
Wed 1-7:30pm, Fri. & Sat 10am-4:30pm
7 Oxford St.
Greater Manchester Police
26 Spring Gardens
63 Newton St
The Spring Gardens office has a bureau de change and poste-restante section.
A direct rail link into the city makes Manchester Airport, ten miles south of the city, an increasingly popular point of entry into Britain. Trains to Piccadilly (every 15min 5:15am-10:15pm, reduced service through the night; 25min). It is slightly cheaper to take one of the buses from the airport to Piccadilly Gardens or Chorlton Street (every 15-30min, 6am-10:45pm), although these take almost twice as long as trains to reach the center in the rush hour. Taxis are also available from the airport to the city center.
Manchester's three main train stations form the points of a triangle that encloses much of the city center.
1. National mainline trains run from Piccadilly Station, facing London Road, on the east side.
2. Regional routes to points south, east and west call both here and at Oxford Road Station, south of the center
3. Victoria Station, in the north, services the northern hinterland and Bradford.
The city's Metrolink tram service connects Piccadilly station (the platform is underneath the train station) to Victoria and G-Mex. Most long-distance buses use Chorlton Street Coach Station, a few hundred yards west of Piccadilly train station.
The city center is compact enough to cover on foot, though buses will be needed for Oxford Road and its continuation Wilmslow Road, which runs to Rusholme. Stagecoach is the main operator, though fare wars are common among all carriers. Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station is the hub of the urban bus network, along with a new transport interchange at Shudehill (north of the Arndale Center) Call the GMPTE bus inquiry line 0161/228 7811 daily 8am-8pm) for details.
Travel passes offer seven-day Stagecoach unlimited travel on Stagecoach's city and local buses; the Wayfarer allows 24 hours' unlimited travel throughout Greater Manchester and into the Peak District.Metrolink:
Drivers should have no problem finding a place to park in the city center. There are many signposted car parks. On-street parking at parking meters is usually limited to three hours.