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WHAT MAKES MANCHESTER SO SPECIAL? - Travel vlog 139 [Manchester, UK]

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We take the Free Manchester Walking Tour (https://www.facebook.com/FreeManchesterWalkingTours/) to try and find out what makes Manchester so special. Manchester was a bit of a rival town to Liverpool, had a huge industrial trade industry, and is big on the music scene in addition to producing some of the worlds greatest thinkers and scientists. Song: My Future by Artificial Music On My Mind by Sittindown ---------- Twitter: http://twitter.com/wayawaymag Instagram: http://instagram.com/wayawaymag How To Pack 365 Days of Clothes Into 1 Carry On - http://thewayaway.com/cheat-sheet/ Patreon: http://patreon.com/thewayaway/
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Daniel Gardecki (2 days ago)
The tour guide is exaggerating the population of Manchester like most people from the country of Greater Manchester do. Manchester did not have a population of "nearly 3 quarters of a million people". Manchester had a population of just 392,819 people in 2001, and now in 2018 they have a population of 545,541. Neither of those numbers are anywhere near 750,000. It seems to me that around 100,000 people who have moved to the city in the last 15 years have fallen for the nonsense they spread about being "the UK's 2nd city".
cleverandrew123 (1 day ago)
In the 19th Century it absolutely did have that population. He never mentioned 2001 so I have no idea where you got that parameter from. Maybe you need to study more history?
Ralph Hardwick (4 days ago)
I feel like this has missed all the best parts of Manchester. Even two years ago Castlefield, the northern Quarter, new Islington Marina, Museum of science and Industry, inside the town hall, inside The John Rylands Library, Chetham's library and so many other cool places have been missed off :(
Nicholas Warner (4 days ago)
Castrum = Castle in Roman/Latin?
Apart from the fact that you'll get robbed
Pete Shields (2 months ago)
My favourite city.
Mary Harvey (2 months ago)
Super video of you in MAN. Such a mix in Manchester. Valiantly struggling to regain its former glory. I’m visiting today and rail on to North Wales tomorrow. Happy Exploring.
WAY AWAY (2 months ago)
Enjoy your day tomorrow!!
DaChaGee (4 months ago)
He didn't know the Romans ruled England!?! Ever heard of a town they founded called Londinium?? Americans 😯🤔
Peter R J Moore (5 months ago)
“The most amazing and cool thing I’ve found out about Manchester is that it’s in England,my god I didn’t know that.thats super-cool maaan”,lol
Russell Lam (6 months ago)
What was your favourite part about your trip to England?
paladino estetica (6 months ago)
The first industrialised city , the first place to split the atom
Katie Stelfox (7 months ago)
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baz (8 months ago)
Manchester is a turd. Better than Liverpool though.
Stephen dela Cruz (9 months ago)
Manchester is a decent city. Nice tour. 👍🏼
Dan Hawk (10 months ago)
Appreciate it guys :)
Sanjiv Tamang (11 months ago)
first time I get know about Manchester due to Oasis band
Stan Dando (1 year ago)
Silly American people :p Nice video guys, and Manchester to York...two of the best cities in England no doubt. Hard to get a sense of the cultural significance of Manchester from looking around the converted flats and 'commercial real estate' that used to be the purest scenes in the western world, but always worth the visit.
Mike Conlon (1 year ago)
Great city nice people great accent
3 1 / 0 3 (5 months ago)
Cheers mate
bettybreeze78 (1 year ago)
It's a canal not a river you're looking at
bettybreeze78 (1 year ago)
Vimeo cordial is much better!
Sommatore Nero (1 year ago)
England was not ruled by the Romans. England did not exist during the time the Romans occupied a part of Britannia (43AD-410AD) as a province of their empire. In 55BC, and again in 54BC, Julius Caesar led two excursions into Britannia but after extracting tribute from various tribes of the Celtic Britons he left, and was nearly 100 years before a full-scale invasion of Britannia begin.
Paul Charters (1 year ago)
I'm originally from the UK, I know live in New Zealand and have done for 12 years. I was feeling home sick so i looked up videos of manchester and found this one. I lived in Manchester for a few years, but grew up in Runcorn. I used to get the train to manchester from runcorn east all the time. Thanks for a trip down my old stomping ground!
NotMTNreborn (1 year ago)
rip manchester it got bomed
Darryl Kee (1 year ago)
are these two people the most annoying people on the planet
Jesus Christhole (1 year ago)
Flying here and taking a train to London because it's cheaper, probably only stay in Manchester for a few days
Was ik maar een eend (4 months ago)
He's FLYING there and TAKING A TRAIN TO LONDON because it's cheaper. Also London is indeed a toilet, but has a couple of exceptions I must add.
Stan Dando (1 year ago)
London is cheaper? Ha. And London is a toilet.
Joe (1 year ago)
I've been living in Manchester for nearly 22 years, yet I still didn't know half of what the tour guide knew aha
Daniel Gardecki (1 day ago)
I'm not sure of the exact details of who designed what, or who copied who, but Manchester and Bradford's City Halls are almost identical, and were even more similar around 100 years ago before the statue of Sir Titus Salt was moved to Lister Park. From what I can remember Manchester started building theirs first, but Bradford finished building ours first. They are both built from spinkwell stone which if I remember correctly was quarried from the area between Canal Road and Valley Parade Stadium in Bradford.
Daniel Gardecki (1 day ago)
The tour guide was incorrect about the population of Manchester as usual. He exaggerated like most people from the country of Greater Manchester do. Manchester did not have a population of "nearly 3 quarters of a million people". Manchester had a population of just 392,819 people in 2001, and now in 2018 they have a population of 545,541. Neither of those numbers are anywhere near the 750,000 he claimed. It seems to me that around 100,000 people who have moved to the city in the last 15 years have fallen for the nonsense they spread about being "the UK's 2nd city".
[PRINCE RHAENYHNN] (10 months ago)
Joe Hey Joe! Just a quick question since you live there! I'm considering moving to Manchester very soon and I just wanted your opinion on the city? Is it calm or noisy or dangerous or something like that? I really really wanna move there soon. But I wanted to hear an opinion from someone there! Cheers!
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
I feel like thats always the way it goes. From now on what ever city I live in I will do a tour to learn more about it.:) -Ash
mallaka8 (1 year ago)
How did that tour not take you into Castlefield? One of the prettiest parts of the city. It is here that the worlds first intercity train service departed. Manchester was also the location where the worlds first intercity passenger train ticket was sold.
Stan Dando (1 year ago)
I had a little think of making a walking tour of Manchester... gave that up pretty fast. Walking from The White Hotel to the Gallaghers home in Burnage, to Old Trafford, to the former Hacienda, to the place where the electron was discovered, to... its one of those places thats better to specialise in a subject. Still, walking there is faster than driving - there are cars from the 1930s that are still trying to get through Bridge Street.
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
Aww, Castlefield sounds so nice! Maybe we'll have to visit again. Yeah, love the train history there. /J
Jediged (1 year ago)
I want to visit Manchester now.... great video... check out our stuff see if you like it
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
Thanks guys!
Rene Sosa (1 year ago)
Cute. You go to Manchester and have Mexcian Food. As a Mexican-American, I am quite curious, now.
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
Haha. It was quite good. But not nearly as good as the food we've been having in Mexico now! /J
dartsstar1 (1 year ago)
It's ok for a walk around. Driving around is a bloody nightmare.
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
We prefer walking.I feel like thats true for any city. Public transport is usually the faster way to go.:) -Ash
WhoIsLiam (1 year ago)
did you go into the northern quarter
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
John Rylands library is one of the world's first public libraries and the oldest in the world (or that might be Cheetams library - I can never remember but they're both near each other!). Just down the road on Deansgate is Kendals, which is the world's first and oldest department store, and was the inspiration for Macys in New York. and you definitely should have gone to Afflecks Palace in the northern quarter! You guys missed out on seeing where Marx and Engels wrote the communist manifesto in Cheetams library, which also happens to be the first and oldest public library in the world, opening way back in 1681. You could've seen the desk at which Thomas Paine wrote Rights of Man in the people's musuem in Castlefield too. All right next to the ruins of the 2000 year old Roman fort that was the birth of Manchester and gave Castlefield it's name and you didn't see it!
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
A bit of a rival town to Liverpool? That's putting it mildly. It's a city, not a town, it has been since 1853. I think your guide mentioned it a few times ;) . You can go on a canal tour. great video of my city though
REZON 8 (1 year ago)
I can't find the comment now but some joker named (Gaz Riley) said the tiny city of Liverpool is bigger than the city of Manchester....I laughed my arse off:-)
Daniel Gardecki (1 day ago)
It was bigger until 2005. In 2004 Manchester had a population of 444,925 people, whereas Liverpool had a population of 448,091 people. In 2005 Manchester had a population of 455,745 people, while Liverpool had a population of 452,278 people. I'm guessing you're one of those people who doesn't know what a city population is so it might surprise you to know that Manchester was smaller than Bradford until 2015. It's still only the 6th biggest city in the UK however, with Bradford in 7th place and Liverpool in 9th place.
Lisa Taylor (1 year ago)
justmadeit2 (6 months ago)
Cool video guys. I made one a couple of years ago in good humour about Manchester where i live. Please check it out, and to see it, simply just type in the following title......... Manchesters unofficial tourist video
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
Thats great. We'll check it out. Thanks for watching man. -Ash
Aleksander Konieczny (1 year ago)
Really nice vlog :D It's my first time here. Greetings from POLAND :)
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
Hi!! Im so glad you're here. Welcome!! haha -Ash
Katy Mac (1 year ago)
Thats not actually a river
Zoro (1 year ago)
I remember trying to climb the vimto statue after a night out, I wondered where it was
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
Zoe Elizabeth ha ha you pisshead funny as!
chris whatever (1 year ago)
Vimto ❤
chris whatever (1 year ago)
Vimto ❤
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
Chris Walker 1:15
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
gaz riley lol but tastes a lot better. what time is that statue at again I cant find it lol
gaz riley (1 year ago)
anagram of vomit
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
Chris Walker funny my mate is a vimto fanatic, I never realised it was from my home town!
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
+Chris Walker it was good!
John Cowley (1 year ago)
You should have popped over to Scunthorpe while you were there lol
Shogun Strength (1 year ago)
Sweet Vlog! Always good to see Vlogs in local places to me ^_^
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
Thanks Shogun! We enjoyed our time in Manchester a lot! /J
jnmklo9 (1 year ago)
i think the Romans were here for 800 years or so?
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
jnmklo9 300, Julius Caesar invaded in 50 bc to stop the British supporting the gauls in their fight against the Roman invaders. not the last time the UK got attacked for coming to the aid of France!
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
Mr Davingtree (1 year ago)
You ended up in Runcorn? You obviously survived, amazing!!
JapanJohnny2012 (1 year ago)
Thank you for your enthusiastic tour of my home town. The building you presented as Manchester University at 1:05 was called the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) when I worked there in 1986/87, but then I discovered the Hacienda and fell off the rails for three or four years ;) after which I thought it better to retreat to a safe refuge.... Detroit. I'm in Tokyo now, but look back on my callow Manchester youthdom with great fondness. Cheers.
WAY AWAY (1 year ago)
Ahh Im so glad you enjoyed the video and it could bring back memories for you. Thanks for taking the time to write this comment. All the best in Tokyo. -Ash
Hang With Hannah (2 years ago)
Thank's guys this is great. I'm a Londoner and haven't made it up to Manchester yet, but really want to go. This is super informative.
Mike Hannan (1 year ago)
Sadly i have only visited through work! i might have to take one of these tours!
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
You should go and take the tour. I thinks its really the best way to see the city for the first time.:) Sounds like you need a bit of a weekend get away.lol -Ash
Stuart Lomas (2 years ago)
Not much of a river.... that's because its a canal !! Manchester has three rivers The Irwell, The Medlock & The Tib. Question. What kind of education do you have in America that you don't know about the length & breadth of The Roman Empire? Interestingly although it was large it was nowhere as large as The British Empire.
Henchman 21 (1 year ago)
The part where she said not much of a river she was looking at the Medlock, it showed it. Then they went to the canal.
Sommatore Nero (1 year ago)
Nor as widespread...
Old Man (1 year ago)
Stuart Lomas. Shut up. The presenters of the video are charming. Why do you want to spoil it with your ignorant self-regarding comment?
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
Stuart Lomas the Bridgewater canal was opened in 1768 I think by the Duke of somewhere or other to ship coal from his mine in Worsely.
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
Stuart Lomas hence the three blue stripes on the famous crest of Manchester
Kendahke M (2 years ago)
Opportunity lost... should have gone to the Richmond Tea room instead of Starbucks.
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
Kendahke M I would have gone to a pub in the northern quarter!
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
AH! See this is why we need more local friends! Starbucks is just convenient, I don't even like it that much TBH. /J
Krissy Kriss (2 years ago)
Thanks for sharing this ^_^ i very much enjoyed it.
Krissy Kriss (2 years ago)
That's cool ^_^ I may just have to look into it myself :)
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
Yeah!! Im glad you liked it. We very much enjoyed Manchester. -Ash
Ariana Ostowari (2 years ago)
sigh want to visit uk one day. currently in long distance relationship with someone there and hope to make it happen to see each other one day but tickets to uk and back are soooo expensive ! lol gotta save save save! loved this by the way such s beautiful city!
Florentine 193 (8 months ago)
Jordan Lewis Wow way to be pessimistic and judgemental. If everyone thought like you, then we would have no tourists at all. How about if you were planning to go to America and an American gave the same feedback to you telling you they have nothing to offer? And it does not always rain here. You must be living under a rock to think that it always rains. What about some of the hottest Summers we've had on record? Yeah, it always rains. Let people make their own decisions on where they want to go, otherwise it'll be you that's ruining their perspective.
bettybreeze78 (1 year ago)
Jordan Lewis and amazing culture, history etc
Sasuke Uchiha (1 year ago)
I know how that feels :/
Jordan Lewis (2 years ago)
save your money. This country has nothing to offer but rain and disappointment!
baron d (2 years ago)
Before your videos starts we have to watch few ads. All local ads. Why?
Tiddybeth (2 years ago)
Just download Adblocker Plus. No adverts on YT, and people who make money of their vids get nothing!
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
Google is smart! It knows where you are! /J
Martin Zero (2 years ago)
Great Video guys. As a Mancunian am glad you enjoyed the city. I really should do one of those tours myself 😀👍
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
You really should. They are so entertaining and interesting. It also supports one of your very own Mancunuians:) Who can say no to one of their own? -Ash
Buffybot (2 years ago)
baaaaaah the more time you spend in england the more jealous I become! lol Glad to see you are having fun and eating mexican food :P
Buffybot (2 years ago)
that would be so much fun! maybe we can make it happen someday!
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
It would be so fun if we could double date:) Some day you'll be reunited with your love <3 Keep working hard beautifying ladies and you'll get your happily ever after. MWA!-Ash
TaraLee (2 years ago)
I'm So happy you have met such great friends :) Great vlog as always guys!
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
Thanks Tara! We feel super blessed to have had the opportunity to meet and hang out with them. It worked out better then I could have hoped for. -Ash
scott a (2 years ago)
Cool tour of Manchester! The closest I came to that city was flying in and out of the airport, which is a fair distance away. Some decent views of downtown as we (my gal pal and I ) left on the highway at least...or, should say, motorway . lol Did you say York...oh I hope you can vlog from there too. That was one of my favorite stops during my aforementioned UK trips!
Mike Hannan (1 year ago)
I haven't managed to get to Manchester apart from with work! York is one of my favorite places. Check out my channel, my first video was from York.
Jordan Lewis (2 years ago)
scott a didn't miss much tbh. its a massive shithole here
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
Your wish is our command:) The York Vlog will be up today:) I love that we can help you relive fond memories. Thanks for watching and sharing. Love your comments:) -Ash
Ana Ballano (2 years ago)
Oh guys,it is good that you have the opportunity to visit places around Liverpool and plus,with your new friends!! If you can visit more places,I recommend visiting Chester.It is a lovely town full of picturesque houses and cute shops :-)
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
YEAH! Ashley was getting a little stir crazy and I can see now why people might look at me funny when I said I was going to move to Liverpool for a month... there is just SO much other cool stuff I'd be missing. -Josh
A Kropf (2 years ago)
AshleyYourHair is long !!!
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
Yeah. haha I haven't cut it in well over 6 months. We'll see how long it lasts.:)
Collin Platt (2 years ago)
lol, I loved the Starbucks shot. good subtle stuff you guys. also the time lapse shots are pretty cool as well!
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
Thanks Collin! Trying to step it up a bit here and there. The starbucks bit and escalator shot were my favorite. It can be difficult to remember to use my filmmaking knowledge when it's just so run and gun most of the time. It's practically a documentary but with no script. :p
Alisha Williamson (2 years ago)
hey guys hope your having fun. just wondering if you'll be making an appearance at the game cafe this week? if so about what timeish so we can get an idea on numbers :-).
Anastasia Phoenix (1 year ago)
Alisha Williamson what's a game cafe?
WAY AWAY (2 years ago)
Our manager is on vacation and wont be back until Thursday.:( She's the only one that knows the details of our job that day so I can't really give you a time. I'm guessing if we are able to come we won't be there until 8pm ish.

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