Once the industrial powerhouse of England, Manchester has been able to reinvent itself as a thriving city with a dynamic outlook. The smokey chimney of old have been replaced by galleries, museums and shops. And without doubt Mancunians are renowned for being a friendly and down to earth bunch, so visitors have plenty to enjoy here. Among the many areas that have seen a new lease of life, Canal Street in the late 1980s was a derelict post industrial wasteland: but starting from the following decade this neighbourhood turned into the epicentre of gay culture in the north of England - a title it proudly maintains today. Manchester Pride, on the last (long) weekend of August is a huge event, when the whole city comes out to play for a last burst of summer fun.