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Discover Greater Manchester with handpicked places, news stories and events by the trusted city guide.

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Together, we show the world what real Mancunians are made of. Stand up and show your love for Manchester.

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A warm welcome to I Love Manchester (MCR).

Our skies may be grey but our city is vibrant and our people are as warm and friendly as they come.

Manchester always seems to be (raining) growing, with the added feeling that something exciting is just about to happen around every corner. That’s where we come in…

Manchester is the UK’s second city, but takes first prize as the most creative city in the world and the vanguard of world first innovations. We know about its colourful football clubs, its wonder-wall of great music, its contribution to both Marxism and free trade. We know it served as host to the birth of industry.

It’s no wonder international publications such as the New York Times, Time Out, Lonely Planet, and National Geographic name Manchester among their top cities to visit in the world.

Contrary to popular belief, Manchester city centre is not divided into quarters. It’s a diverse array of urban areas and districts. And Greater Manchester is a sprawling pie-shaped constellation of metropolitan boroughs and towns that stretch from Trafford and Stockport in the south, to Bury and Rochdale in the north. 

With the help of I Love Manchester, you can discover places, find out what’s on in Manchester and the best things to do. You will discover the city’s diverse community, culture, and lifestyle with the help of our positive Manchester news and inspiring stories.

Manchester is a city inhabiting a diverse pool of interesting individuals and extraordinary people. An embracing community and a social spirit feed an eclectic mix of retail, theatre, art, culture, and a smorgasbord of top restaurants, buzzing bars, hospitable hotels, and a host of epic events.

Creative industries and independent manufacturers are on the rise, while tech start-ups are sprawling across the city. Meet the thriving Manchester businesses – the makers and doers whose ingenuity is driving the new mechanisms of progress.

Embrace the city’s spontaneous spirit and you’ll discover plenty of hidden gems – and some secrets – among our Manchester news stories and recommendations.

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Explore Greater Manchester and declare your love for the city region. Get the I Love MCR mug and the I Love MCR t-shirt from the online Manchester gifts and souvenirs shop.

Subscribe to our newsletter for weekly digest of Manchester stories and things to do. We’ll remind you why you love Manchester more than ever.

And please don’t forget to donate and fundraise what you are able to our Manchester Foundation so that we can continue to successfully champion and support community activity and charity across our great city region.

From Manchester with love


Most frequent questions and answers

Manchester’s population is approximately 600,000 people (2020).

There are about 2.8 million people living across the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester has about 58 million day visits per year – including around 31m visitors to the City of Manchester – making it the second most visited city behind London.

Greater Manchester is a great city region made up of ten metropolitan boroughs including the City of Manchester, the City of Salford, Bury, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan.

Manchester is commonly known as the UK’s second city. Once an industrial powerhouse with a plethora of world-first inventions, it is now a major cultural hub, steeped in arts and famous for its music and glorious sporting history. More about Manchester history here.

Levenshulme, Ancoats, Altrincham and Ramsbottom were named among the best places to live, not just in Manchester but, in the UK by The Sunday Times. The Times is the largest-selling British national newspaper so it’s safe to say they know their onions.

This all depends on one’s personal taste and preferred cuisine. Luckily enough, Manchester is catching up to London as a food metropolis, and a destination for foodies disembarking from far and wide. Further proof of this is Mana restaurant in trendy Ancoats being awarded a Michelin Star. Explore Manchester restaurants here.

That’s a tough one when you consider that Manchester is a city that thinks a table is for dancing on. The most popular cocktail bar in the city centre is probably Albert’s Schloss, due to its size, sheer amount of social check-ins, and the wide range of entertainment on offer.

“MCR” is an acronym to shorten the full word: “MANCHESTER”. Some might say “MCR” means Manchester City Region.

The I Love MCR Charity Foundation is a subsidiary supporting and raising funds for a diverse variety of Greater Manchester charities and causes. Furthermore, The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s Charity Appeal Trust was re-branded to ‘We Love MCR Charity’ because of the success and positive look and feel of the iconic I Love MCR brand. I Love MCR and We Love MCR Charity are in partnership to support communities and young people across the city.

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