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.
11 Great Facts About Manchester
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.