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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Manchester is a major city in the north of England, historically important for its central role in the Industrial Revolution. Today it is a centre of the arts, media, higher education and commerce. Its traditional manufacturing base has been reconfigured to develop thriving new technologies. It is considered by some to be the country's second city. It is, of course, a legendary football city with two world-class teams bearing its name — Manchester United and Manchester City.

Following an IRA bombing in 1996, Manchester underwent a massive regeneration, and has complexes such as The Triangle and the Millennium Quarter emerging as new hubs.

For over 20 years, Afflecks Palace has been where fashion, music and youth culture collide. The revitalised city centre building has five storeys of around 50 stalls and market shops, offering shoppers a novel buying experience.

Afflecks is like an Aladdin's Cave. It's a platform for fledgling designers, punk, retro style and experimental fashion. It is a magnet to young shoppers, particularly on Saturdays.

Prices are generally much lower than those asked for in upmarket shops — there is little fancy décor or overheads, so you get great value for money. Wander through and find second-hand clothing, denims, rare and old records, things to do with the occult, books, magazines, tattooists, ceramics, jewellery and hairstyling.

Roxy Watson sells her unique range of clubbing clothes there — they are a sign of the latest dance vibe which is heading to Australia. So you've been alerted — take note of Roxy's styles and get that dancing wardrobe ready!

If you love curry, Manchester is the city for you. Wilmslow Road in Rusholme, just south of the city centre, is known as Curry Mile. It comes to life late at night and most restaurants are open until the wee small hours. Brightly neon-lit restaurants serve every kind of curry there is and prices vary greatly.

Manchester is such a foodie city, name a country and you can bet you will find restaurants serving its cuisine.

You can discover Manchester easily if you drive yourself around. Why not book a car before you leave Australia and have it waiting for you on arrival?


In the north of England.


Drive Travel has car hire in Manchester starting at $40 a day.

Emirates has return flights to Manchester. For sale and travel to November 30, 2006.

Fares from;
  • Perth, $2075
  • Melbourne, $2123
  • Brisbane, $2125
  • Sydney, $2140
  • Adelaide, $2747
  • Darwin, $2862
Prices quoted are correct on September 14, 2006.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Affleck's Palace
52 Church Street
Manchester M4 1PW.
Ph: 0161-834 2039

Sangam Restaurant
9-19 Wilmslow Road
Manchester M14 5TB
Ph: 0161 257 3922

Drive Travel
2/1 Balmoral Street
Frankston 3199
Ph: 1300 883 588 (03) 8781 1109

Visit Britain — Australia
Ph: 1300 858 589

New Zealand
Ph: 1800 700 741

Ph: 1300 303 777

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