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Walking Tours of Manchester

Tour of Manchester Town Hall

 “Truly a municipal palace…. there is nothing like it….in any part of Europe”  (1877)
Even today people still think this stunning building is a cathedral on seeing it for the first time.  Come to look at the 13th century gothic style, the paintings, furniture and décor, which all have their own story to tell about Manchester. 
(Access to state rooms subject to their availability)



Ancoats to New Islington

Ancoats was ‘the World’s first industrial suburb’, but was in decline for most of the last century. This tour explores the district looking to the future, seeing how new life is being breathed into treasured old buildings, and also exciting brand new developments.  We see how, once again, this area will be a vibrant and dynamic centre for new ways of living, working and leisure in the 21st century.



Canals under the City Streets

Walk from the 18th to the 21st century and rediscover your city from this new different angle from under some of the city’s major roads. Learn how use of the waterways has changed from industry to leisure, but more than this, see how the canals are now an integral part of modern Manchester life.



Crafty Arty Manchester Walk

This tour spans six centuries of style in Manchester, and selects buildings and their interiors to look at examples of arts and crafts through the ages – stained glass, sculpture, decorative art, architecture, décor, paintings and ‘street furniture’ all make up our city – discover these gems and learn about the artistry which made them.   



Manchester’s Literary Connections

With manuscripts, letters, poetry, scripts and quotes learn about our city through the words of contemporary or historical authors connected with Manchester, either living or visiting here. Hear what they wrote about our city from some illuminating quotes!




Manchester’s Chinese community is well established into city life. On this tour learn about the community’s origins, and about how people live, work and enjoy leisure time nowadays.  We visit a supermarket, bakery and gift shop so there is an opportunity to enjoy genuine Chinese wares!



Manchester of the Future

What makes our modern city tick? Learn about the urban renaissance of our wonderful city through new developments in culture,business and city planning. Find out about exciting new projects which make our dynamic city truly one of the world’s ‘regional capitals’.



Manchester City Centre Introductory Walk

Discover the stories and secrets behind the history, contemporary life and culture of our fascinating and dynamic city centre. Visit art galleries, theatres, new attractions, and discover places you’ve never been to!

If you have visitors new to Manchester, or just want to update yourself with our city centre – this tour is for you!



2007 Blue Badge Guided Walks Leafet

  • Since the 1980s Manchester Guild of Blue Badge Tourist Guides have offered a wide range of guided walks for members of the public to enjoy. Topics range from the ever popular tour of Manchester Town Hall to a fun pub quiz night, from a full day tour about Elizabeth Gaskell to an in-depth look at Manchesters interior and exterior gems.
  • Central Manchester walking tours generally last from between one and a half to two hours.
  • Price (2006) : Adults £6. Concessions (over 60s, students) £4

If you want to receive a listing of these walks, or if you want to make a booking on other Guides walks, please contact the Manchester Tourist Information Centre on 0871 222 8223.

A chronological list of the 2006 Guided Walks is available here. (pdf).

If you want to book a guide for a private outing for your organisation or social group, contact Kate Dibble at Manchester Tours and Guiding Services on 0161 864 2640 or mobile 07905 110197