Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. The Castlefield conservation area’s 18th-century canal system recalls the city’s days as a textile powerhouse, and visitors can trace this history at the interactive Museum of Science & Industry. The revitalised Salford Quays dockyards now house the Daniel Libeskind-designed Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry cultural centre.
The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England ? birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles ? is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture. England is also site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath?s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.