Private Manchester Walking Tours (1-25 persons)
Private Walking Tours in Manchester
Discover the history of Manchester on your own private walking tour
An official guide will show you around Manchester city centre on a private walking tour, talking you through the history, architecture and culture of the city. As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester was the world’s first modern city, and has led the world in several fields from cotton to computers. Discover the stories and landmarks central to Manchester’s vibrant social, cultural and political history on this introductory tour of the city.
All walking tours can be customised to suit your interests and needs, but here are our most popular tours:
Discover Manchester Walking Tour (2 hours)
Our guide will show you around the key sights of Manchester city centre, talking you through the history, architecture and culture of the city. As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester was the world’s first modern city, and has led the world in several fields from cotton to computers. Discover the stories and landmarks central to Manchester’s vibrant social, cultural and political history on this introductory tour of the city
Manchester Music Walking Tour (3 or 4 hours)
Hear how Manchester’s unique sound shaped the world’s music scene as you walk though the city. See legendary music studios, clubs and venues including the Free Trade Hall, Palace Theatre, Factory Records HQ, Ritz Ballroom, Hacienda, the Boardwalk and the Congregational Chapel. Listen to stories of local bands including the Hollies, Joy Division, New Order, Buzzcocks, The Smiths and Oasis. Listen to stories of local bands who visited including the Beatles, Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan’s famous ‘Judas’ performance.
Magnificent Libraries of Manchester Walking Tour (3 hours)
Manchester is a UNESCO City of Literature, join us to delve into its four world class libraries, ranging from an atmospheric medieval gem where embryonic Communist ideas were researched and thrashed out, to a Georgian private members library boasting many famous alumni, via a Hogwarts like gothic masterpiece built on cotton wealth with a world class special collection of rarities to a circular classical style interwar statement of civic pride.
Rebels, Revolutionaries and Radicals of Manchester Walking Tour (2 hours)
‘What Manchester does today, the world does tomorrow’ reportedly said Disraeli. This is a tour about Manchester’s revolutionary and innovative spirit. We’ll explore the individuals and movements, the change makers, the pioneers, who have made a significant contribution to the worlds of science, transport, working conditions, democracy, economics, politics, sport, music and more.
Cottonopolis and Industrial Heritage of Manchester Walking Tour (2 hours)
Manchester has a special place in the story of industrialisation. It is the cradle of industry, with the first true canal in England, some of the earliest water powered and steam powered factories in the world, and a cotton industry of global proportions. We will explore what was the shock city, the original modern city, Cottonopolis, with its great wealth and terrible poverty. (2 hours recommended)
Hidden Gems and Secrets of Manchester Walking Tour (2 or 3 hours)
Let’s get off the beaten track. Let us show you Manchester through the eyes of a local, an insider. On this tour we’ll discover the hidden gems, unusual quirks, little known stories, go down the back streets, delve into the mysteries and secrets of the city. Be ready for fun, surprises and to come away with a good dose of Mancunian knowledge. (2 hours recommended)
Old Pubs of Manchester Walking Tour (3 hours)
The great British pub is a long-serving icon in British history and culture. Like any city, Manchester has a long and rich history, brimming with culture and moments that changed the course of time. The city was a hub for trade during the Industrial Revolution and many pubs opened between 1700 and 1900 as watering holes for the growing population with their increasing disposable income. Step back in time and discover the history of Manchester’s traditional boozers and the social history of the communities they served. Your guide will take you on a tour of some of the oldest pubs in Manchester that still retain their old school charm. With opportunities aplenty for sampling the ale along the way of course! (3 hours recommended)
Possible walking tour starting points:
- Any Manchester hotel lobby
- Piccadilly Train station – outside Leon Cafe
- Victoria train Station – outside the Beer House Bar
- Chorlton Street Bus Station – Main entrance
- Central Library – front steps
- Manchester Central Exhibition Centre – main entrance
- ridgewater Hall – main entrance
- Manchester Cathedral – main entrance
- National Football Museum – main entrance
2 hour Private Walking Tour (1-25 persons)
3 hour Private Walking Tour (1-25 persons)
4 hour Private Walking Tour (1-15 persons)
You will be asked to confirm your preferred tour, number of people & meeting point at the checkout.
Please note: All booking are subject to availability, in the unlikely event of no availability payments will be refunded within 48 hours.
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