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Greater Manchester

The city and county of Manchester is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Great Britain, with a population of over two and half million people.

'As far as the eye can reach, one sees nothing but chimneys, blazing furnaces, many deserted but not pulled down, with wretched cottages around them.'

Queen Victoria (1852), "in her diary on Manchester"

County Town:

Manchester - distance from London: 208 miles (334 km)

Nearby Counties:

Cheshire, Lancashire

Train Operators:

London Midland / Mersey Rail

Nearest Airport:

Manchester (International)

Major Roads:

M6, M60, M61, M62, M67

Highest point:

Black Chew Head, 1778 feet (542 m)


Mersey, Tame

County Flower:

Common Cotton-grass

Local Delicacies:

Manchester tart - shortcrust pastry, filled with raspberry jam and a custard topping.

Places to Visit in Greater Manchester

Dunham Massey | Central Art Gallery | Legoland | Museum of The Manchester Regiment | Portland Basin Museum | Bramall Hall & Park | Heaton Park | The Lowry | Salford Museum & Art Gallery | Astley Cheetham Art Gallery | Hat Works Museum | Saddleworth Museum & Art Gallery | Wigon Pier | Wythenshawe Hall

Towns and Villages in Greater Manchester

Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Stockport, Salford, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan

History of Greater Manchester

First mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, circa 920. Roman name Mancunium. The meaning of the term 'chester' relates to a Roman military encampment or town (Old English "caestre"). Man is shortened form of the word 'Mamucio' meaning breast shaped hill. Therefore Manchester literally means, 'Roman encampment on a hill'.

Map of Greater Manchester

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