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    46 Reasons You Need To Move To Manchester

    Spend a bit of time here, and you'll never want to leave.

    1. Because its architecture is a glorious mixture of old and new.

    2. Because this is what it looks like at night.

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    3. And this is what Piccadilly Gardens look like in the dark.

    4. Because Manchester City Hall is a truly beautiful council building.

    5. Because our craft beer is second to none.

    6. Because Manchester Art Gallery has some truly stunning exhibitions.

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    This suspended piece is called "Filter", and it's by Anthony Gormley.

    7. And the building's exterior is also pretty easy on the eye.

    8. Because we have the quirkiest bars and cafes.

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    Odd bar is the perfect place for a cheeky pint.

    9. And we have some seriously quaint pubs.

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    The Old Wellington Inn is a Grade II listed building, dating back to 1552. And it has a great selection of ales.

    10. Because we're pretty good at football.

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    Manchester is home to Oldham Athletic, Rochdale, Bolton Wanderers, Bury, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Wigan Athletic.

    11. Because it's the best place to study music.

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    The Royal Northern College of Music trains students to world-class levels.

    12. Because Manchester Cathedral may just be the most beautiful music venue in the UK.

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    It has hosted Elbow, St. Vincent. The Fall, and Belle & Sebastian.

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    14. Because the theatre, ballet, and opera scenes are unbeatable.

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    The Royal Exchange Theatre is particularly beautiful inside and has been a hub of storytelling in Manchester since 1976.

    15. Because the revamped Central Library is absolutely beautiful.

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    16. Because the beautiful Wolfson Reading Room in the Central Library is perfect for working and reading undisturbed.

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    It also has drum kits and keyboards that you can practice on, if you have a library card.

    17. Because you can see arthouse and blockbuster films at the Cornerhouse.

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    In between checking out the upstairs galleries for new art exhibitions.

    18. Because wherever you go, you can spot architectural reminders of Manchester’s industrial past.

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    Manchester was known as "Cottonopolis" or "Warehouse City" during the Victorian era, because it was the most productive centre for cotton processing in the UK.

    19. Because Manchester has in incredibly rich musical heritage.

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    The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, The Hollies, The Bee Gees, 10cc, Take That, Badly Drawn Boy, Doves, The Chemical Brothers, Mister Scruff, Buzzcocks, Cherry Ghost, Elbow, The Fall, Mock Turtles, I Am Kloot, M People, James, Oasis, Twisted Wheel, and so many more bands come from here.

    20. Because look at that burger.

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    It's from Almost Famous.

    21. Because Manchester's Chinatown is home to plenty of authentic delights.

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    22. And the Northern Quarter is a vintage-lover's paradise.

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    Check out Cow, Afflecks Palace, Blue Rinse, Pop Boutique, Ryan Vintage, Junk, and American Graffiti.

    23. It's also heaven for any vinyl collector.

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    Try Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Eastern Bloc Records, Vinyl Revival, and Clampdown Records.

    24. Because there are plenty of literary delights to discover.

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    Including the Anthony Burgess Foundation where you can visit the author's personal library and collection of original works, as well as his correspondence with famous figures like Stanley Kubrick, Graham Greene, and Angela Carter.

    25. Because you can while away hours in the John Rylands Library.

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    That's the reading room.

    26. Isn't it gorgeous?

    27. Because Manchester is home to the Imperial War Museum North.

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    Which has one of the most amazing collections of conflict-inspired art.

    28. Because December brings the award-winning Christmas Market.

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    It was placed 9th in the world by an international poll, finishing ahead of London and Hamburg.

    29. And every year there's a different Santa sitting on top of the Town Hall.

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    This year it's Zippy from Rainbows, because why not?

    30. Because Manchester has a huge LGBT scene.

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    With it's very own Gay Village and a bigger LGBT population than Brighton.

    31. Because Pride is a massive annual party.

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    And has played host to Ed Miliband, Ian McKellen, Pixie Lott, Foxes, Conchita Wurst, the stars of Corrie and Anastasia.

    32. Because Manchester is even beautiful in the rain.

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    And you stop noticing it after a while, anyway.

    33. Because the shopping is indisputably excellent.

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    There's the Arndale, Selfridges, Harvey Nicks and the huge Trafford Centre.

    34. And we have so many cute homeware shops that you'll be hard-pressed not to buy something.

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    35. Because you're never very far from the beauty of the Lancashire countryside.

    36. Or the glory of the Pennines.

    37. Because public transport is cheap and plentiful.

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    You'll usually have to wait less than 10 minutes for a bus, and many journeys are just £1.

    38. Because you can rent a city centre apartment with a friend without being a millionaire.


    Share with a friend, and expect to pay around £400 a month each.

    39. Because Media City is in Salford.

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    You'll find the ITV studios and offices there.

    40. Because we've got the BBC too.

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    Eat your heart out, London.

    41. Because Curry Mile is the best place to smoke shisha and eat authentic South Asian and Middle Eastern food.

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    42. Because summer is the perfect time to skate in Platt Fields.

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    43. And have late-night barbecues.

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    44. Because Manchester hosts independent music festival Parklife.

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    It originally grew out of the Mad Ferrets festival and has grown to 70,000 people per day. It's now held in Heaton Park, Pretswich.

    45. Because the nightlife is incredible and you can go to something new every night of the week.

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    If you're after a really big night, try Warehouse Project. And if something a bit quirkier is your thing, Remake Remodel in Ruby Lounge is the night for you.

    46. Why would you live anywhere else?

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