Industry and Tree Heritage

Our 4-hour ride on Virgin Trains took us to the city of Manchester, situated in the northwest of England within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester. Considered the world’s first industrial city, Manchester is known for industry and green spaces preserving heritage trees. This city is also known for its two rival English Premier League football teams and their stadiums: Man City (known simply as City) at Etihad Stadium and Man United (or just Man-U) at Old Trafford Stadium, across town in Trafford.

10 boroughs of Greater Manchester
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Pound sterling £
  • When to go: Summer is ideal from June to August when the weather is warm, though rain is always possible;
    Fall is cooler from September-December but a pleasant time to enjoy football (soccer) and Christmas markets;
    Spring begins to warm from March to May after typically cold, wet winters
  • Airport: Manchester Airport at Ringway
  • Train Station: Manchester Picadilly
  • Transportation: Manchester Metrolink over-ground tram system makes the city very accessible
  • Neighborhoods: 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester

The tram system runs throughout much of the city of Manchester. For our day visit, we purchased 1-day anytime travelcards for zones 1 and 2 (located at any station). The cost for adults is £4.30 and £2.10 for children.

Manchester Metrolink map_March_2020

Manchester Explored

Travel Guide to London: Kensington and Chelsea

As I poked between the iron gate, I heard a voice warn, “No photos.” I looked up from the estate to see a gentleman emerge from the buildings to kindly deliver his message. I was just there for the architecture. Beautiful details called to me, begging for my admiration. And although I was no threat,…

London Boroughs

It’s impossible to see all of London in a few days, but we worked to discover as much as possible on our trip to Northwestern Europe. London is the dynamic capital of the United Kingdom. Located in England, the metropolis of Greater London is divided into 33 boroughs. These smaller districts create manageable areas within…


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