Manchester, the cultural and commercial capital of Northwest England. Famed for its Grand Victorian civic architecture, built on the wealth of the cotton and textile trade. It includes the magnificent Neo-gothic Town Hall. Recent years have seen striking modern additions such as the Imperial War Museum North and the Beetham Tower. A vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis, Manchester is home to many bars and cafes, and a thriving cultural life. The Manchester Arndale Centre is a major retail hub, overlooked by the Wheel of Manchester. Manchester Art Gallery is visited by around 400,000 people each year. The modern arts centre, The Lowry, named after the prominent local artist, stages a wide array of cultural events. Standing in Sam’s Chop House Bar is the artist’s statue. Art has found its way into the architecture of this colourful city too. Equally colourful are the Mancunians, as the city’s residents are called. Known for enjoying themselves at celebrations such as the annual Manchester pride festival, or taking part in the city’s legendary nightlife. Manchester is known as a party town, famous for its trendy clubs. Music has always been at the heart of the city, from folk and classical traditions, musical theatre and Opera, and pop-rock bands, such as New Order and Oasis. Old Trafford is where global superstar David Beckham first made his career with Manchester United Football Club. An exciting fusion of art, music and sport makes Manchester a cosmopolitan city of celebration.