Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England .Manchester is situated in the south-central part of North West England, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south and the Pennines to the north and east. The city is notable for its culture, music scene, scientific and engineering output, media links and sporting connections. Manchester's commercial centre is in the centre of the city, adjacent to Piccadilly, focused on Mosley Street, Deansgate, King Street and Piccadilly.
Manchester's buildings display a variety of architectural styles, ranging from Victorian to contemporary architecture. The widespread use of red brick characterises the city. Much of the architecture in the city harks back to its days as a global centre for the cotton trade.Manchester has a thriving theatre, opera and dance scene, and is home to a number of large performance venues, including the Manchester Opera House.Manchester's museums celebrate Manchester's Roman history, rich industrial heritage and its role in the Industrial Revolution.In the south of the city, the Whitworth Art Gallery displays modern art, sculpture and textiles.Other exhibition spaces and museums in Manchester include the Cornerhouse.Manchester is also the third-most visited city in the United Kingdom by foreign visitors, after London and Edinburgh, and the most visited in England outside London.