Manchester is the heart of the country’s social and cultural scenes, and has a huge student population, lively gay village, and a powerhouse of sport clubs. The main attractions of the city can be explored on foot starting from Piccadilly Gardens, which takes you to the Manchester Art Gallery, a fine collection of pre-Raphael paintings and impressionistic pictures of Manchester. A short walk takes you to St. Ann’s Square which is home to the Royal Exchange Theater, where you can catch a show any day of the year. Next door is an interesting structure known as Urbis, a wedge-shaped glass building that displays educational exhibits about life in other major world cities, and also has a trendy café and bar. Lowry Center is a spectacular waterfront area featuring many theaters and galleries, particularly those featuring local artist L.S. Lowry, best known for his “matchstick men” scenes. Nearby is the Imperial War Museum, a striking aluminum building where interesting exhibits explore the effects of war since 1900 on the city. The Museum of Science and Industry provides a glimpse into the city’s industrial past, with exhibits including steam engines and textile machinery. No visit to Manchester would be complete without catching a game of football at Old Trafford, home of the famous Manchester United Football Club.