North Manchester is the area of Manchester north of the centre bounded by the M60, the A6, and A57. It includes Sportcity, the development for the 2002 Commonwealth games, held in Manchester and Manchester City FC. It lies within The Historic County Boundaries of Lancashire.
Much of this area falls under the jurisidction of neighbouring Greater Manchester boroughs, particularly Bury. Once such area is Prestwich which has, along with neighbouring Whitefield, to the north, and Broughton Park, to the south (part of Salford), the largest concentration of Jewish residents of any area outside London. Prestwich is also a stop on the Bury bound Metrolink line. Prestwich and its close neighbour, Whitefield, remain areas with strong Jewish communities and are somewhat upmarket.
The north of Manchester is served by the Bury and Rochdale lines of Greater Manchester's Metrolink light rail system.
- Manchester Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, M8 8LW (This is a safe, 10-15 minute walk up the road behind The MEN Arena. You can also catch any bus that goes up Cheetham Hill Road from the stop by the side of the Urbis, opposite The Printworks. The 135 bus is an option; a reliable service running at least every ten minutes. It is about three or four stops from the Urbis, but it is best to ask the driver when to alight.), ☎ +44 161 834-9879. M-Th 10:30-16:00, Sun 11:00-17:00. Closed on Jewish holidays. Tells the story of the large Jewish population in Manchester. The museum is in the former Spanish-Portuguese synagogue in what was once the heart of the old Jewish quarter. The community has long since moved up the road to Cheetham Hill and Higher Broughton and, in later years, many less Orthodox people have moved to Prestwich, Whitefield and parts of Radcliffe and Sunnybank as well as to some desirable parts of south Manchester. Adults £4.50, concessions £3.50.
- Heaton Park. Manchester's largest open space and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. The park is home to a former stately home, vintage trams and is easily accessible by the Bury line of the Metrolink system.
- City of Manchester Stadium, Sportcity (about 45 minutes' walk from Piccadilly Station train station), ☎ +44 870 062 1894. Mon 11:30AM-4:30PM, Tue-Sat 9:30AM-4:30PM, Sun 11AM-3PM. Ashton New Road, Sportcity. Originally built as the centrepiece of the Commonwealth Games, the stadium is now the home of Manchester City FC. It has a museum and a stadium tour as well as being host to City home games. Museum and tour £7 adults, £4.50 children & over-65s.
- National Cycling Centre (Manchester Velodrome), Stuart Street, M11 4DQ, ☎ +44 161 223-2244. Britain's first indoor Olympic cycling track; a great place to try out the sport and to see the self-proclaimed 'home of British cycling'.
- Prestwich hosts a Croma, a TGI Friday's and a Pizza Express, near junction 17 of the M60.
- Premier Inn Manchester (Prestwich), Bury New Road, Prestwich, Greater Manchester M25 3TG, ☎ +44 871 527 8714. A branch of the now ubiquitous Premier Inn, providing clean, if basic, accommodation.