Greater Manchester Area

Explore places near the beating heart of the city that are as unique and diverse as any in the country. The greater Manchester area is a metropolis that includes Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan and the city itself.

Greater Manchester population

The greater Manchester area is home to a diverse population of residents. The Danish roots run deep and contributed greatly to the city’s industrial revolution. And the Jewish population is the 2nd largest in Britain. Many lived in Liverpool but worked in Manchester until the local settlement really established itself around the time of the industrialisation of the Greater Manchester area. Also of note, the Asian and British Asian population is higher than the national average too.This is often tied to an influx of workers from the region to take jobs in the cotton mills.

Greater Manchester Map

The Greater Manchester map encompasses:


The UK’s friendliest town in 2013, home to the University of Bolton and located next to the West Pennine Moors.


Home of back pudding, the open-air Bury Market and one of the most important paper-making cities in the world.


An agricultural centre turned weaving town in the 19th century that’s home to famous faces like David Platt, Paul Scholes & Kevin Sinfield.


With the most canal locks, this area is rich in flora & fauna. It’s also home to the 130-acre Hollingworth Lake which is one of the biggest North West tourist attractions.


Home to the world’s first free public library, vegetarianism, the origins of Guy Fawkes plot and a booming industrial town.


The home of hatting, Strawberry Studios of Paul McCartney fame and Robinsons Brewery – producing 13.3m pints per year.


With rich countryside and a history of music excellence, this area is bustling. It’s also the birthplace of the Coronation Street actress, Dawn Acton.


Home to world-renowned shopping and leisure facilities that are a must-see. It’s home to big names like Ian Curtis from Joy Division, Darren Campbell the gold medalist and Jay Kay (Jamrioquai).


Made famous by George Orwell, coal mining, clock-making and a host of other industries have shaped this area. Try a Wiggan Slappy for a taste of the area.

Studying in the Greater Manchester area

There’s so much to see and do with amazing transport links all across the UK and beyond. From music festivals to amazing world-class museums, culture is alive here. And you’ll not be without amazing flavours either. With an ethnically-diverse population, the Greater Manchester area has an amazing array of restaurants to explore too. Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find it in the city. Maybe that’s why 51% of students choose to stay in the post-graduation.

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