Rusholme is in Manchester (which is where our Bike shop The bicycle doctor is located) & is a popular tourist spot due to it’s history, it’s also got a vibrant nightlife due to it’s high student population but it’s most famous feature is actually it’s impressive collection of restaurants, shisha cafes, exotic bars and world food markets. Known around the world as Rusholme’s ‘Curry Mile’ Wilmslow Road in Manchester has been associated with Middle Eastern food and culture since the 80s. Although not technically a mile long the Curry Mile has become a must visit location for lovers of Indian and Pakistani cuisine over the years.
Due to the areas increasing population and constant footfall the location became ideal for many people of Indian and Pakistani origin to set up their businesses. Middle Eastern cuisine has boomed in popularity in recent decades and the area quickly became synonymous with it. The various cafes that used to occupy the Curry Mile in the 1950s and 1960s were used as social meeting places for many working men during this time. The spot became a social hub for many people of Middle Eastern descent that had started working in many of Manchester’s textile mills or the various factories that are located nearby.
Many of these men and their families must have recognised the areas potential for future business ventures, giving birth to the Curry Mile as we know it today. There are even reports from people who grew up in the area that these new entrepreneurs even walked around the streets playing music, banged drums and gave out free samples of their home cooked food to entice the locals into visiting. Seeing what Wilmslow Road looks like today, it’s clear these methods to literally drum up business worked.
One restaurant that existed on the Curry Mile known as the New Taj Mahal Restaurant was in fact set up during the 1970s. This was proven to be true when a single photograph that was discovered from this time verifying the claim. Amazingly this is still considered the first business on the Curry Mile to start serving Middle Eastern food. This restaurant no longer exists but the site itself does indeed still occupy a business that makes its trade serving curry. A restaurant known as the Shere Khan now sits on the spot where the New Taj Mahal Restaurant used to occupy.
One local business owner in an interview with the BBC stated "When my father set up the restaurant in 1968, there were very few Asians and only one other Indian restaurant, Gulam Sweet Centre, but that’s gone now. In a short space of time, the area totally and utterly changed. There were an increasing number of Indian restaurants, as the success of one business attracted others. So in the space of about 15 years, it became obvious everywhere you went, Asians were moving in either from abroad or from other areas like Bradford or Derby."
He went on to say that by the late 1970s, many of the Indian and Pakistani families living in Rusholme had moved nearby and that the area was starting to transition into what it has become today. More and more families realised that they could make better money by cooking the food they eat at home every night for those who had never experienced it than working for someone in a factory for minimum wage eight hours a day. After the turn of the Millennium Manchester City Council then put up official signs stating ‘Curry Mile’ making what had been previously an affectionate nickname into a legitimate title.
However in recent years the Curry Mile has had an influx of other cultures and just like the last time, this has had a noticeable effect on the areas food and the residents that sell it. Rusholme is near two of Manchester’s leading universities and has always been a popular area for students to go out partying, rent flats and of course, fill their hungry bellies. The Curry Mile is starting to compete with new fast food outlets aimed at students selling kebabs. This is causing many people who enjoy the areas food to start referring to it as the Kebab Mile.
In a later interview with the BBC the owner of a new Afgan café revealed his reasons for choosing the Curry Mile to set up his restaurant, “This area was better for us than the city centre as I didn't want to have to sell alcohol and you would need to in the centre to survive. Here, there’s already a culture set by other Asians, such as the Pakistanis, so it is not expected that you have to sell drink. We offer something different from Indian food, providing choice and hopefully customers for us.”
Academics from nearby universities have offered their thoughts on why this recent change has taken place, suggesting that the new restaurateurs who are opening businesses in the area share many cultural values and customs, so it makes sense to choose the Curry Mile. What may differ however are the recipes and food that they grew up with. They go on to state that cultural similarity, “is a reason why the Curry Mile is currently being transformed by the presence of Iranian, Kurdish, Lebanese and other Middle Eastern influences."
The residents believe that this cultural shift is mostly due to the new generation not wanting to be involved in the restaurant trade. "They want to follow a different career path, which is fine as we provided them with the education, but it does leave us with no-one to run the business. Every time a business is sold, Middle Eastern people have been buying them and turning them into restaurants.” These new restaurants may still be Eastern cuisine but from a different part of Asia.
Whether or not Rusholme is home to the Curry Mile or the Kebab Mile, what’s certain is it is likely to always be associated with delicious Eastern food and for years to come attracting people from all over to come and experience it’s famous treats.
Manchester is one of the most happening cities in Europe in terms of music, art, entertainment, and education. Perhaps, this is the reason why a large number of international students choose to come over to the city and pursue their studies at one of the world’s most prestigious universities of Manchester - The Manchester University. Formed in 2004 by a merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and Victoria University of Manchester – the brick red university was created by the civic university movement during the late 19th century.
Since its formation, the Manchester University has been named ‘University of the Year’ twice. Home to over 12,000 international students from over 150 countries, the university has received great recognition for its world-class education and quality research. Manchester University is among the 24 leading universities under the Russell Group of Universities. There are many eminent world leaders that have been an alumni of the university.
Over 5,900 academic and research staff, exceptional in their field of education are employed to the prestigious teaching panel. The university holds a record of having 25 Nobel laureates associated with studying or teaching at the campus.
Every year, Manchester University attracts funds of more than £247 million for external research. The university is one of the UK’s top research institutions with specialised mentors in each subject, imparting quality education to the students.
“83% of research activity rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.”
The research capabilities of students enrolled in an undergraduate degree at the university are vast and varied. Various research subjects include: the first splitting of the atom to the advent of the modern computer; innovative researches involving the wonder element Graphene, and much more. Certainly, research is in the heart of the university that has given it the name and prestige that it enjoys among students and faculties worldwide. In fact, students are able to develop transferable skills – carried from their learning sessions into the future workplace.
The university traces its roots back to 1824. Manchester prides in being the world’s first industrial city. It was during this time that chemist John Dalton with several businessmen and industrialists in the city established an institute to ensure workers are provided education and training to work in the industry. This involved teaching the basics of science.
Being centrally located in the heart of the city, the modern day Manchester University cannot be referred to as campus, but essentially broader overlap of area with non-university buildings and roads in between. Shaped roughly like a boot, there are two campuses – the Sackville Street Campus in the North and the Oxford Road Campus in the South (campus names not officially recognized by the university). Following the merger, Manchester University received funds of £600 as capital investment to refurbish old buildings and keep newer blocks coming up as part of the project.
Looking forward, by 2022, Manchester University will be investing £1 billion to focus on bringing major improvements in and around the campus area. It includes building a new engineering campus, business and law centers, refurbishing the library, adding a new medical college, extending the Student’s Union building, and more. Below are directions from the Uni to our shop the bicycle doctor in Rusholme.
 Extract from Wikipedia: University of Manchester (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Manchester)
 According to the Sunday Times and the Times Higher Education Supplement
 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Located in the North-West of England, Manchester is notably famous for its industrial history and the popular music culture. The city with an ancient history dates back to the times of the Romans in 79 AD, when they built a fort known as Mamucium on a sandstone bluff near rivers Medlock and Irwell in the north of the modern Manchester city, as we know today. The fort was originally constructed with wood, but later rebuilt in stone. However, as the forces left Britain by the end of the Roman rule in 407 AD, the stone fort was left to become a ruin.
Later in the 11th century, the nomads invaded Manchester, then a small village. By the 12th century things started to change with the rapid growth in trade and commerce. In the 13th century, Manchester had soon developed into a prosperous town. It was during this time that there was a rise in the wool industry, which made the Lancastrian (Lancashire) township develop into a flourishing industrial metropolis of the United Kingdom. But an epidemic plague in 1603 took the lives of more than one fourth of the population.
In 1637, Manchester became a famous producer of silks. The turn of the 19th century saw Manchester expanding astonishingly with the boom in textile manufacture – an unplanned urbanization brought about during the industrial revolution. This transformation, however, took over a century, Manchester had evolved from a Roman Castrum in Celtic Britain to record many important scientific achievements during the Victorian era. There was a diversification in industries such as flour milling, finance, tourism, and education. Other sectors such as chemicals, biotechnology, and aerospace quickly made progress.
The mid 20th century, saw a decline in Manchester’s industrial importance, which led to a socioeconomic depression. Renovation of deteriorated neighborhoods through a gentrification process saw an increase in affluent residents in the city. A subsequent re-branding of the city reinstated its fortunes. Manchester is now a place for broadcasting, sporting, and educational institutions. The growth of the city is also due to its superior expansion of transport links. The rise in locomotive during the reign of the Duke of Bridgewater in 1761 was a significant revolution. The demand for coal skyrocketed, which led to building the first canal of the industrial era, the Duke’s canal, also referred to as the Bridgewater Canal, linked Manchester to coal mines in Worsley. Soon an extensive network of canals was constructed that linked Manchester to various parts of England. In 1824, the world’s first Omnibus service started from Manchester’s Market Street to Salford and Pendleton.
Further expansion of the city (outside city boundaries) occurred due to the growth of the industrial revolution. The rise of the tourist and the recreational presence all over the city is majorly due to the ancient history of Manchester. From the Roman era to the Victorian reign, several important incidents of historical significance have shaped up the history of Manchester. The city, however, has suffered from inter-war depression and structural changes in revolutionary industries such as the textile, but will forever remain the seat of the world’s first industrial estate.
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Manchester is a popular city in England. Unlike most other cities in the north, it leads the way in arts, music, and entertainment. Known for its splendid cosmopolitan, edgy and happening ambience, when in Manchester, you’ll soon discover that there’s no other place like the city. There are dozens of galleries and museums that exhibit some of the finest pieces of art and history, attracting a lot of travellers to the north’s best city. Also, there are restaurants and terrific shops that make the city more lively. The free spirited city welcomes every tourist with open-mindedness and a warm heart. If you are looking for some amazing things to do in Manchester, here is a guide for you to explore the perfect city that offers much more to travellers than just the plethora of bars and cafes.
The Manchester Wheel
One of the most visited sites in the city, the iconic Manchester Wheel attracts a lot of tourists. The giant observation wheel is located in the Exchange Square in the Millenium Quarter. At a height of 60 meters and consisting of 42 capsules that has a seating capacity for eight people, it gives you a terrific bird’s eye view of the city.
The list of things to do in Manchester for a wildlife lover can’t be complete without paying a visit to Castlefield. It is the original site of the Roman settlement Mamucium and is the center of the city’s canal network. In fact, the world’s first industrial canal was built here. Castlefield zoos and wildlife parks are known for their biodiversity. Manchester city has been named after this Urban Heritage site.
The Manchester Town Hall
If you want to explore the history of Manchester, then a visit to the gothic-style Manchester Town Hall near Albert Square is a must. There are twelve paintings that depict scenes from the city’s historical past. The Great Hall has a mosaic of the Manchester Bee, which signifies dedication and hard work – values that the city lives up to.
Old Trafford Stadium
Manchester is home to the world’s most popular football team. If you are a football aficionado, your stay in Manchester could never be complete without a trip to the Old Trafford Stadium. There is a wonderful museum inside the arena that is a delight for all Red Devil supporters. The museum opens for fans to witness and admire the Manchester United history through the years, every day from 9:30am to 5pm.
The city’s famous nightlife attracts visitors from all over the world. The dedicated club scene draws crowds, week in and week out. To squeeze out the best of Manchester’s rich offerings, make some time to discover the distinctive neighborhoods that are a mix of fun, style, and innovative fashion. There is always something for everyone. The streets are full of hive activity by the bohemian folks. The Northern Quarter is a maze of live music, record labels, artists and fashion designers. Café Hard Rock and Men Arena are some of the favorite destinations for you to soak in the night atmosphere of the city.
There are several interesting things to do in Manchester with art galleries, museums, sports arenas, and the incredible nightlife – the list is endless. Manchester will never allow you to get bored. The key is to get a good guide to help you explore all these top destinations of the city. You could always visit our bike shop 'The Bicycle Doctor' in Manchester
Perhaps the city of Manchester is world famous for its two great football teams; Manchester United and Manchester City Football teams. However, there is much more to see and do in this great city other than the Manchester Derby when it happens. Manchester is also one of the top five commercial and industrial centers in the UK. Any visitor to this great city can enjoy one or all of these sights.
Museum of Science and Industry
The city’s rich history as an industrial center can be seen in this museum. Visitors can trace the history of modern industrialization since the age of the steam engine. There is a majestic Rolls Royce from 1904 on display. The Air and Space Gallery showcases different advances in the history of aviation. There is also the Imperial War Museum North that displays different technologies in Britain’s long history of warfare.
This is one of the world’s oldest libraries in continuous use having been opened in 1653. It has a large volume of books that were published before the 17th century. Visitors can see the famous Gutenberg Bible. The famous Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels once met and debated here.
This beautiful cathedral dates back to 1422. It has numerous chapels that have been added on over time. The cathedral is richly decorated with murals and misericords. There is the famous Jesus Christ mural. Visitors should make a point of visiting the wonderfully decorated St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
This section of Manchester is a nostalgic experience of the different eras of Manchester city. There is the restored Roman fort dating back to ancient times. There are beautiful Victorian houses that date back to the 18th century as well canals that were used to transport coal to the city’s industries.
People’s History Museum
As the country that gave the world constitutional democracy, the UK has seen its fair share of upheavals and turmoil. This rich history has been documented in the People’s history museum that traces back different events over 200 years.
Manchester art gallery
There are few museums with a collection as large as that of Manchester art gallery. Famous English artists like Stubb, Turner, and Constable are on display as well as sculptures by Henry Moore, Rodin, and Maillol. There are works by non-English artists like Max Ernst and Monet.
Port Street Beerhouse
This is a famous attraction for beer lovers. There is a collection of over 100 beers from around the world which visitors can learn about and enjoy.
Since your in the area why not visit our shop in Manchester
Mаnсhеѕtеr might bе hоmе to thе Nаtiоnаl Cycling Cеntrе but when it соmеѕ to trаvеlling on twо whееlѕ its ѕtrееtѕ lеаvе a lоt to bе desired. Endlеѕѕ rоаdwоrkѕ, ѕinkhоlеѕ and a labyrinthine one-way system mаkе nаvigаting thе сitу mоrе of an еxtеndеd hаzаrd perception test thаn a relaxing jоurnеу.
Thankfully, a fеw minutеѕ оut of thе сitу centre opens up a whоlе wоrld of safe scenic routes. Whеthеr you want to сhесk out Mаnсhеѕtеr’ѕ industrial раѕt, gо оn a gеntlе off-road fаmilу triр оr simply ridе hеll fоr lеаthеr worry-free, thеrе’ѕ ѕоmеthing fоr everyone.
Hеrе аrе tор five сусling routes in and аrоund Mаnсhеѕtеr, brought to you from The Bicycle Doctor
Thе сitу’ѕ canals givе a fascinating insight intо hоw thе Induѕtriаl Revolution formed Mаnсhеѕtеr. It’ѕ wоrth еxрlоring the many tоwраthѕ but thе bridges, соbblеd раthѕ аnd canal locks аrе often better fоr walking thаn cycling. Hаррilу, thе Rосhdаlе canal сусlе rоutе has few diѕruрtiоnѕ but рlеntу of hiѕtоrу. Pаrt of thе National Cусlе Rоutе 66, thе journey from Manchester to Nеwtоn Heath is a relaxing three mile оuting with minimal traffic.
One оf people favourite ԛuiсk triрѕ iѕ tо fоllоw thе Rivеr Irwell through Sаlfоrd аnd Broughton. Trаvеlling along thе wide canalside paths, you’ll pass аgе-оld mills ѕidе-bу-ѕidе with sprawling nаturаl scenery, juѕt minutes аwау from thе сitу centre. And if уоu’rе in thе mооd for a mоrе rеlаxing form of local hiѕtоrу, on the wау bасk уоu саn stop off fоr a drink аt thе Eаglе Inn – a fаvоuritе with thirѕtу lосаlѕ ѕinсе thе 1800ѕ.
Chorlton Water Pаrk
Chоrltоn Wаtеr Pаrk iѕ thе perfect рlасе fоr a ѕhоrt, family-friendly ridе. A wide open раth circles a рiсturеѕԛuе lаkе full оf duсkѕ аnd gееѕе, with рlеntу of ѕmаllеr раthѕ thаt ѕnаkе оff fоr longer jоurnеуѕ. It еvеn hаѕ a ѕmаll рlауgrоund аnd picnic tables, making it idеаl fоr a dау оut in thе sun. Putting аѕidе thаt street in Burnage whеrе thе Gаllаghеr brothers grеw uр, it’ѕ thе nearest thing ѕоuth Mаnсhеѕtеr hаѕ tо аn oasis.
Mаnсhеѕtеr Airроrt Orbitаl
Fоr a lоngеr оff-rоаd rоutе, thе еight milе Mаnсhеѕtеr Airport оrbitаl сусlе rоutе саn’t bе beat. Pасk ѕоmе sandwiches and a drink аnd ѕеt оff frоm thе сitу centre, going uр thrоugh Fallowfield and Wуthеnѕhаwе. Thiѕ tаkеѕ уоu within ѕрitting diѕtаnсе оf рlаnеѕ tаking оff, аnd even thrоugh tunnеlѕ thаt gо undеrnеаth the runwау.
If you wаnt tо enjoy a bike ride further аfiеld, there’s plenty оf ѕtunning countryside surrounding Manchester. An hours drivе bringѕ уоu to the Pеаk District whеrе уоu саn park up аt various nearby locations before setting оut tо travel thе Mоnѕаl Trаil. Thiѕ runѕ along thе disused Midland Rаilwау linе, passing through ѕоmе оf the соuntriеѕ most ѕtunning limestone vаllеуѕ. Rесеnt уеаrѕ ѕаw milliоnѕ оf pounds spent making rаil tunnels ассеѕѕiblе, аnd cycling thrоugh these iѕ аn еxреriеnсе like no other. Mауbе Beeching had a point аftеr all.