From the archives 2005: Manchester

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Entrance tunnel at Old Trafford

There is more than soccer to Manchester, (and there is more than one soccer club in Manchester, asManyoo learned this month). A group of Manchester hoteliers and tourism interests have been in Dublin to tell the good news about the city’s burgeoning social life, the restaurants, museums and fun locations .

Chic and sophisticated, teh modern Manchester has turned its back on its flatcap origins.

Old Trafford

Old Trafford

Urbis is a 30m ski-slope-shaped museum of city life, wrapped in a shimmering glass skin. A glass lift takes you to a vantage point overlooking the city and cathedral.

Across the canal, dramatic in the sunset, urban dwelling males of a certain age are drawn to Old Trafford, United’s stadium. The museum was designed by the same museum-designing team that did Croke Park and there are similarities (though Croke Park’s is better). The Manchester C ity experience is two pounds cheaper and (Mancity fans say) better. The stadium tour brings to life those famous dressing room scenes amid the soap opera that was Manyoo over the past ten years.

n Manchester is served by Aer Lingus. Luxair and Loganair from Dublin and Aer Lingus from Shannon.

n  www.visitbritain.ie for more details.

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