Living in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester is one of the world’s truly buzzing communities. Vibrant and multi-cultural, marked by a shared passion for people and a powerful sense of unity. It’s an exciting place to both live and work in.
Making a home
While there’s a real sense of pride in an industrial past, vast investment over the last two decades has earned the area a reputation for innovation and creativity. We’re proud to say the city is the largest economy outside London. Whether you want the liveliness of the city centre, the pride and energy of the many nearby towns, or the tranquillity of the surrounding Pennines, and properties for all budgets: it’s all here.
Greater Manchester life
The Stone Roses, Oasis, The Smiths… as you’d expect from an area with a legendary musical history, the music venues cater for all tastes. You’ll also find eating establishments representing every culture and dietary requirement, a cutting-edge arts scene, with galleries and theatres and world-class shopping from high street to designer to vintage.
Aside from Manchester United and Manchester City – and the teams representing the proud towns across the area – the Aquatic Centre and National Cycling Centre are world-class. Lancashire County Cricket club is close by. And if you prefer taking part, there’s just about every activity you can imagine, from walking and rock climbing in the nearby Pennines or Peak District to the UK’s longest – and the world’s widest – real-snow indoor ski slope at the Chill Factore.
You’ll also find plenty to do in nearby Cheshire. The city of Chester boasts both a 2,000-year history and fantastic places to shop, while the surrounding area is full of beautiful gardens, stately home and other attractions.
With four university partners, as well as the Royal Northern College of Music, this is Europe’s largest urban higher education precinct. Greater Manchester’s schools and colleges are also among the nation’s most respected.
Manchester is only two hours from London by train, and minutes from the countryside. The Lake District is just a couple of hours away. North Wales and the Peak District are even closer. It’s easy to get around Greater Manchester to its comprehensive bus, tram and local train network. Plus there are regular trains to nearby, Leeds and Liverpool while Manchester International Airport connects to all of Europe’s major cities and beyond.