Made in Manchester

Discover what makes Manchester a cultural hotspot

By Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in the North West of England. It is a major cultural hub, famous for it’s many music venues, extensive libraries, crafts and and renown sporting history.

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It is often known as being the birthplace of the industrial revolution in Britain and the world. The transition from hand-made to machine-powered saw an unprecedented explosion of new ideas and inventions. This spirit of creativity continues today. 

Manchester's Crafts and Design Centre (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Manchester has a thriving art and culture scene with a many independent retailers and cultural hotspots across art, crafts, music and more. 


The Northern Quarter is Manchester’s most characterful, independent district. The area was once home to busy textiles warehouses and factories. Now, the red brick buildings with New York-style fire escapes are regularly used in film sets, and the streets are bursting with independent shops, bars and graffiti artworks to explore. 


Take a virtual tour through the Norther Quarter.

Afflecks Palace (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Places such as Afflecks is one of the cities oldest retail spots, opening its doors in 1982 and continues to support a number of local businesses inside its walls. Lying in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Afflecks is one of the most celebrated and unique spots in Manchester and attracts visitors globally. 

Band on the Wall (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

It is also known for being a hub for indie music, due to it’s impressive roster of bands that have, at some point, called the city home. With the likes of The Hollies, Stone Roses, Joy Division, Happy Monday and Oasis which have all paved the way for future generations. Music continue to be at the heart of Manchester’s culture with venues such as Band on the Wall and Factory Records. 

Classic Football Shirts (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Well-known for its world-famous football teams, Manchester's culture is embedded in sport. It's home to the iconic football teams Manchester City and Manchester United. The sporting culture can be found across the city.

Forsyth's Music Shop (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Explore more of Manchester's unique culture here 

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