9th European Conference on Software
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Some interesting facts about Manchester
Whatever you want to do during your visit to Manchester (for a map of the city centre click here) the following sites should help you find the information you are looking for:
However for a few suggestions, why not explore the many free museums and art galleries situated in and around the city centre.
A modern view of the city can be found at the Urbis , the venue of the conference’s reception. This is in contrast with the nearby Cathedral , Royal Exchange and Manchester’s oldest pubs, The Wellington Inn and Sinclairs Oyster Bar - which despite having been bombed and moved at least twice still serves a good pint! Of course whilst you are exploring the Millennium Quarter of the city you could fit in some shopping, as you will undoubtedly discover.
To explore the history of Manchester you can visit The Museum of Science and Industry, situated in the oldest passenger railway buildings in the world. The Museum tells the story of the history, science and industry of Manchester - the world's first industrial city. Whilst over that part of the city you could explore Castlefield and the Roman origins of the city of Manchester (Mamuciam). And if all this exploring has given you a thirst, then Duke’s 92 is worth finding, situated as it is, next to the 92nd and final lock of the Rochdale Canal where it joins the Bridgewater Canal (the first modern artificial waterway).
The libraries of Manchester are also worth visiting to continue your exploration of the history of Manchester. Firstly Chetham's Library, as it is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world and includes a particularly rich collection of sixteenth and seventeenth-century printed works. The Portico Library on Mosley Street has been used by the great and good of Manchester since 1806. Alternatively, the landmark Central Library on St. Peter’s Square is worth a visit, even if it just to view its magnificent domed ceiling - and just over the road is the The Midland Hotel, where Mr. Rolls first met Mr. Royce.
Manchester can also boast a number of Art Galleries, including the Whitworth and Manchester galleries. If Egyptology (and Natural History) is more up your street then you will find that the Manchester Museum possesses a wealth of material from “living sites” in ancient Egypt as well as from tombs.
Less than two miles or 15 minutes Metrolink journey from Manchester city centre is Salford Quays. The Quays is home to The Lowry that houses the biggest public collection of works by the local artist L.S. Lowry, in addition to two theatres. Just over the Manchester Ship Canal from The Lowry you will find the Imperial War Museum North.
Just around the corner from the Imperial War Museum North is Old Trafford, home to Manchester United football club. Fans of the club might be interested to know that they will be playing at home against Fulham of 19th March - tickets can be purchased from their website. However if you are unable to catch a match, then you can always visit their Museum and take a tour of Old Trafford (but not on match days). On the opposite side of the city stands the City of Manchester Stadium, home to Manchester City football club. At present no home matches are scheduled around the conference dates, but you can still indulge in the Manchester City Experience (pre-booking required) to explore the history of the club and take a tour of the stadium. (For other sports events in the area click here).
Further a field, but still easily accessible by public transport (see Arriving section for details), you can visit the birthplace of the worldwide Co-operative movement in Rochdale. Or you could walk in the footsteps of George Orwell and follow the road to Wigan Pier.
Finally, after all that, do not forget that Manchester is home to 3 orchestras, numerous theatres and concert venues, and a plethora of cinemas, with much more besides to keep you entertained.
The following, mainly three star hotels are no-more than a 15 minute walk (about half a mile) to the conference venue (* indicates can be booked, by February, via registration form):
Eating and Drinking
There are a number of fine restaurants in the city centre, including the Banquet venue Simply Heathcotes. Depending on your taste, just south of the city, is the famous Curry Mile where you can feast amongst the numerous curry houses. Whilst in the city centre, just a short walk from the conference venue, is Manchester’s own Chinatown with its many restaurants.
Manchester boasts numerous pubs, so most tastes are accommodated for. They range from the small Circus Tavern on Portand Street, the big The Moon Under Water on Deansgate, to the award winning Rain Bar on Great Bridgewater Street. Alternatively try Sinclairs Oyster Bar, situated next to the Triangle, this serves good food and one of the cheapest pints in town. The City Arms, on Kennedy Street (close to the Art Gallery and Town Hall), is a very traditional pub and worth a visit to sample its ales, and right next door to it is The Waterhouse, named after the architect of the Town Hall (and yet another Wetherspoon’s pub).
You will find most of the information you require, including various maps, to help you to plan your journey to Manchester by clicking here. However here are a few additional tips to help you on your way.
Firstly, depending on where you are staying in Manchester you might find the free city centre shuttle bus service useful. Additionally, click here for details of local travel and the various day tickets, including the Rail Ranger ticket (which for £2.60 covers all off-peak rail travel in Greater Manchester and city centre Metrolink).
Manchester Airport lies about 10 miles to the south of the city centre. The easiest and cheapest way to travel into the city centre is by train. There is an around the clock and frequent service to Manchester’s Piccadilly Railway Station, (for timetable information click here). A single peak (Monday to Friday, before 9.30am) ticket from the airport costs £3 to Piccadilly Railway Station, and £2.45 off-peak - these can be purchased at the airport’s railway station (using cash or card) and must be retained until you have left your destination station.
Manchester is served by two main railway stations. Piccadilly is the main station, whilst Victoria is for local services, including some services to Leeds and Liverpool. For detailed timetable information please click here. In addition Manchester can be reached by Eurostar, but you will have to change in London and catch a Virgin Train to Manchester (which offers fares from £22 return if you book early and a journey time of just over 2 hours).
Click here for a current and a five day forecast of Manchester’s weather. Or if you want to see what the weather is doing right now, click here.
Finally if there is anything else I can do or provide to make your journey to Manchester easier and your stay more memorable (that is except promise good weather), then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Looking forward to welcoming you to Manchester,
Local Arrangements Co-Chair, CSMR 2005.
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