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Welcome to Manchester

CanalWhether you are relocating to Manchester from another part of the UK or moving to England for the first time, this guide is designed to help you. It gives a starting point from which to approach searching for and buying or, renting property, looking at state and independent education options and the lifestyle choices available.

Known as the gateway to the North West, Manchester is the principal city and economic centre of the region. It forms part of the M62 industrial belt, which also incorporates Leeds and stretches from Liverpool on the west coast to Hull on the east coast. The population of the Greater Manchester area is around 2.5 million, with some 430,000 resident in the City of Manchester itself.

Manchester is a vibrant and exciting city that has undergone a huge revival in recent years and now offers some of the best arts and entertainment outside London. Add to this world-class sport, top-quality shopping and a choice of housing in everywhere from quayside apartments to commutable villages and you have lifestyle options to suit every taste. As a bonus, Manchester is within easy reach of some of the country's most spectacular countryside.

Communications with the rest of the country, and, indeed, the world, are excellent. Manchester is close to the major north–south and west–east road and rail infrastructure, and has speedy links with London and the north, as well as an international airport serving a number of worldwide destinations.

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