Manchester is of one oldest cities in the world – a legendary city that has withstood the test of time. Empires, many cities and countries have come and gone and yet Manchester remained and is still thriving today. The city is also a scientific and engineering powerhouse.
1. Manchester is the second most visited city in the UK after London.
2. The city was founded in the 1st century or AD 79.
3. It is a rich city – the city has a GDP of over 110 billion dollars, larger than many countries such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Serbia and many others.
4. Manchester is the 5th largest city in the United Kingdom with a population of over 552,000.
5. In 1948, the world’s first stored-program computer was built in Manchester by Frederic C. Williams, Tom Kilburn and Geoff Tootill.
6. Rolls-Royce Limited was founded in Manchester – 1904 (Charles Rolls and Henry Royce). It is a British luxury car maker and aero-engine manufacturer. Rolls-Royce is one of the most popular brands in the world.
7. Some people might not believe this, but Manchester is the best city to live in England. Manchester consistently beats out rival cities such as Liverpool, Birmingham, and even London in the “Economists Global Liveability Survey”, published annually.
8. Located in Manchester is the oldest free public library in the United Kingdom: Chetham’s Library. It was opened in 1653. It has over 100,000 books.
9. Manchester is one of the most famous football cities in the world. It is home to two powerhouses of the English Premier League: Manchester United and Manchester City.
10. Have you ever wondered how or where the whole “vegetarian” thing started? It started in Manchester by Reverend William Cowherd. He preached vegetarianism, the idea of not eating meat… only vegetables. It is home to the Vegetarian Society.
11. Nobel Prize winner Ernest Rutherford accomplished an incredible feat in Manchester – he was the first person who split the atom in 1917 while at the University of Manchester.
Here are 15 amazing facts about Cardiff.
1. Cardiff is the capital city and largest city of Wales – United Kingdom. Its been the capital city of Wales since 1955.
2. To this day it is not known exactly where the name Cardiff came from.
3. It is the 11th largest city in the United Kingdom.
4. The city has an estimated population of 364,248 people.
5. Cardiff has its own island, the island of Flat Holm (Ynys Echni in Welsh). It is located 5 minutes off the coast of the city.
6. Back in the day, long time ago – the city was surrounded by a wall.
7. Cardiff is the smallest capital city in the world – but get this… once upon a time, it was the world’s richest city (yes… a very, very long time ago).
8. Cardiff is the city of Castles – it has the most castles in the world.
9. This may not be an important fact to some of you but Cardiff is home to the oldest record store in the world. Spillers Records since 1894.
10. It is estimated that at least 10% of the population can understand the Welsh language.
11. The first Fair Trade capital in the world is Cardiff.
12. Cardiff is one of the sunniest cities in Europe. It has more sunlight than Milan – Italy.
13. A lot of celebrities in the United Kingdom were born in Cardiff; to name a few Gareth Bale, Shirley Bassey and many others.
14. It used the world’s largest exporter of coal, and it’s fortune that way.
15. The world’s first £1 million coal deal was signed in 1907 when coal was a very thriving industry.
16. Cardiff is also known as the City of Arcades. It has the biggest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian and modern-day indoor shopping arcades in the United Kingdom.
Here are 23 Cool, Fun, Interesting And Amazing Facts About London.
1. London is the capital city of both the United Kingdom and England. It is also the largest city in the entire United Kingdom, and one of the largest cities in the world.
2. It has an estimated population of 8.9 million people.
3. The Clock Tower is often mistaken for “Big Ben”. Big Ben is the name of the bell, not the tower itself.
4. London is the United Kingdom’s economic engine, with a GDP of 490 billion Pounds (Or 650 billion US Dollars). It is recognized by many as the second most important city in the world behind New York City. Almost all the big companies in the world have an office in London.
5. London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world with over 250 spoken languages. It attracts businesses and individuals from all over the world who come here to live, do business, study, etc.
6. London is home to 5 English Premier League teams.
7. London has seen its share of disasters. The Great Fire of London almost burned down the city in the 1600’s.
8. Speaking of disasters, Hitler’s Germany also cause a tremendous amount of damage to London during World War II, bombing the city for 57 consecutive nights – this was known as “Blitzkrieg”. Over 30,000 people died in the bombings.
9. People here drive on the left side of the road, the same is true for the enter United Kingdom.
10. London has one of the best underground rail system in the world, and it is the way way to travel around the city.
11. People who live in London are referred to as “Londoners.”
12. London has hosted the Olympics 3 times; 1908, 1948 and 2012.
13. The London Eye is really tall. At 443 ft/135 metres, it is the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in Europe. It gets over 3.7 million visitors a year.
14. If you love art and culture, then come here. London has over 160 museums and art galleries.
15. On average, over 25 million tourists visit the beautiful city of London per year.
16. But we should warn you now, London is very expensive to both visit or live. If you are visiting from almost any country on Earth, you have already lost money before spending anything. Why? Because the British Pound is worth more than the US Dollar, the Euro and most currencies in the world. But don’t let that scare you, it is always worth visiting London.
17. But London is a very rich city, with over 60 billionaires living there.
18. Queen Elizabeth II was born in London, and that’s where she calls home at Buckingham Palace in the center of London. If you see the royal flag flying on the flagpole it means that the Queen is home.
19. London is one of the most historic places on Earth. It was founded by the Roman Empire some 2000 years ago and back then they call it “Londinium”.
20. It gets cloudy and rains a lot in London, about 156 days a year.
21. London is home to the first ever public zoo, opened in 1829.
22. The Millennium Dome is the 9th largest building in the world.
23. The Christmas tree on the Trafalgar Square is donated to London by Norway as sign of gratitude from the people of Norway for everything Britain did for Norway during World War II.
24. London has over 40 universities and colleges.