Manchester is Britain's second largest city. Its rich industrial heritage is evident: cotton warehouses converted to modern uses, railway bridges, viaducts, quays and peaceful waterways. There is a movement to develop Manchester's individuality, to avoid mediocrity and encourage high quality design in the conservation of its 19th century buildings and the treatment of its open spaces.
Its large student population is an essential ingredient in the unique 'Manchester scene'. The club and dance scene in the city is legendary. Manchesterís range of pubs charge prices lower than in many parts of Britain. 18th century buildings and street patterns remain alongside the great Victorian Manchester celebrated in ornate architecture, adorned buildings, facades, stonework, steeples and spires. There are numerous galleries, theatres, museums and country houses. Manchester is one of the most important theatrical centers outside London. Music is one of its greatest exports. A wide variety of venues present the whole range of music styles, including classical, opera, jazz, blues, folk, and pop. Manchester has transformed itself from an industrial city dependent on manufacturing to a thriving, modern, international center.