Manchester here I come!
Today was an extremely special day – I got to ride a steam train, go to a black pudding festival, the Lowry Museum and to me the best thing I've done was go to the Manchester United stadium.
I’ve never had the chance to be in a major league soccer stadium – it was huge, it was amazing, I couldn't imagine what it feels like to play in that stadium. Got to go into the player's locker room, see some of their trophies in the museum – the city really embraces the team… it was amazing.
Our tour guide at Old Trafford had us reenact what it feels like to be the players running out onto the field. Had the fans cheering (noise), it was awesome.
I met Manchester based wrestlers (Jess, Bill, Craig) at Mr. Thomas's Chop House – one of the oldest Victorian Pubs in Manchester
I had dinner with fellow wrestlers who are from Manchester. We had a chance to interact and talk about each other’s countries, our sport and training styles.
I feel like I still have more to explore of Manchester - I want more!
Manchester is one of the most unique cities in the world – its legacy, its history, its hospitality
In 3 words, describe Manchester: historical, friendly and easy to get around
I can't wait to visit the people of Manchester again.
Read Henry's thoughts from Day Two
Henry began his day by learning how the old Steam engines work on the East Lancs Railway which runs from Bury up through some beautiful countryside. The East Lancashire Railway is a heritage railway, originally built in the 19th century. One of the railway’s volunteer guards, David, escorted Henry on his journey and shared lots of interesting information about the East Lancashire Railway as well as his passion for steam trains.
Henry got off in Ramsbottom, a charming village that was buzzing with excitement as the Official World Black Pudding Throwing Championship was taking place that day.
No visit to Manchester would be complete without a visit to Old Trafford, a 2012 venue, and the Manchester United Museum.The story of Manchester United is unlike any other club in the world. Beginning more than a century ago it combines eras of English and European domination with some of the greatest adversity faced by any football club. Henry experienced the story in all its glory and immersed himself in a legend still being made through the guided tour of the stadium. Henry got to see behind-the-scenes into the players’ locker room and even got the chance to experience the excitement the Manchester United players have at every home game as they exit the tunnel and walk out next to the pitch!
The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the best of Manchester including visiting The Quays, Manchester's Waterfront Destination. Henry even got a personal tour of the The Lowry home to artwork of LS Lowry, one of Britain’s favorite artists.
Before retiring to the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel, Henry enjoyed dinner at Mr Thomas’s Chop House, one of Manchester's oldest Victorian public houses and restaurants, which opened in 1870.