The city is notable for its architecture, culture, musical exports, media links, scientific and engineering output, social impact, sports clubs and transport connections. Manchester Liverpool Road railway station was the world’s first inter-city passenger railway station. The city is home to two Premiership football teams including Manchester City and Manchester United Football Clubs. A huge number of attractions in Manchester are Castlefield, Science and Industry Museum, Imperial War Museum North, Manchester Cathedral, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, National Football Museum, Chetham’s Library, Manchester Art Gallery, Chinatown, Manchester Town Hall etc. Manchester is a region rich with local specialities. From Bury’s famous Black Pudding to Eccles’ puff pastry and currant cake, or from Wigan’s Uncle Joes mint balls to Manchester’s fruity Vimto drink there’s loads of products and recipes to tickle your taste buds. On these pages we celebrate the best of the region, and also profile the top chefs from Greater Manchester. Manchester’s city centre has a good mixture of high-street stores and independent shops, as well as designer boutiques and bargain-basement outlets. And it’s compact enough to walk everywhere. If you can’t get your shopping fill in the city, there’s always the enormous Trafford Centre, a few miles away.