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See fabulous Manchester and the amazing North West.
Discover the city’s secrets and hidden gems by taking a guided walking tour with our experienced, entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides.
April – September 2013 leaflet out now!
Our new walks, talk and tours leaflet is now available for download or for collection from the Visitor Information Centre in Piccadilly Plaza. There are plenty of new walks to tickle your fancy! If you would like to receive the new leaflet by email every six months please sign up for our newsletter.
Chorlton Arts Festival Tour of Southern Cemetery
Book here for a tour of Southern Cemetery where we will visit the final resting place of some of Manchester’s most notable creatives, including Tony Wilson, Royal Exchange Theatre founder Michael Elliot, sculptor John Cassidy, composer Henry Watson, artist LS Lowry. This one off tour is for the Chorlton Arts Festival on May 19th at 2:30 pm. Booking is essential.
Enjoy local history at a leisurely pace – Monthly Talks
Avoid the walking ~ relax with a drink instead with our talks series at the Bridge Pub. Details here.
The next talks are on Thursday May 9th 2013:
Manchester Music by John Alker at 13:00
Trials & Tribulations of a Tour Guide by Kate Dibble at 18:30
New! Manchester Central Tours
The secrets of the historic former railway building in Manchester city centre will be opened up to the public on a monthly basis as Manchester Guided Tours explore Manchester Central. Take a walk under the vaulted arches and station clock of its gable which have been a feature of the Manchester skyline for almost 130 years. Be guided through old and new features of this iconic venue, which originally served as a passenger railway station from 1880 and is now Manchester’s International Convention Centre.
Tour dates are as follows:
Sun 5 May
Sat 1 June
Sat 27 July
Sat 31 August
Sat 5 October
Booking is essential via email@example.com or 07505 685 942.
NB The cost per head is £7 or £6 for concessions, not free as stated in the MEN article.
Manchester Open Top Bus Tours.
Manchester Open Top Bus Tour, Manchester Visitor Information Centre and Manchester Guided Tours have joined forces to provide the official open top bus sightseeing tours. This does use a pre-recorded commentary folks, guides from Manchester Guided Tours provide LIVE commentary. Tours are starting again on April 13th 2013, running on Saturdays at 10:30 and 13:30. Hundreds of people have already enjoyed the tours; don’t miss out! More info
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Tours of the Printworks
Explore the newspaper heritage behind Manchester’s Printworks and tour exclusively behind the scenes. We’ll be The next tours takes place Sunday June 16th at 11am. Meet outside Cafe Rouge on Withy Grove. £7/£6 concs. Further info and book your place here.
New Southern Cemetery Guided Tour Dates Announced!
New dates Southern Cemetery guided tour dates for 2013 have been announced. Find out the dates and book your tickets here.
Friends of Southern Cemetery receive £1 from each ticket sale.
Read the Manchester Evening News feature on Emma Fox’s guided walk at Southern Cemetery.
A (Tourism) Star Is Born
Many congratulations to our very own Barbara Frost, Blue Badge Guide, for winning ‘Tourism Star’ at the 2012 Manchester Tourism Awards. Barbara is a lynchpin of the Manchester guiding circuit, having spent many years looking after the city’s visitors and having been involved in a wide range of tourism businesses.
As the photos prove, it was a glittering affair, held in the sumptuous surroundings of the Quays Theatre at the Lowry. When Barbara’s name was read out on the shortlist, you could hear cheering all round the theatre, from the upper levels to the stalls. Winning this award was fitting recognition on behalf of all those to whom she had provided assistance throughout the years.
Manchester Guided Tours was honoured to be shortlisted for the small ‘Event of the Year’ category. Although not a winner this year, we were very pleased to get a mention on our first attempt at this award. Look out for us in future years as we are confident that our time will come! Our congratulations to all the worthy winners this year, many of whom we work with in close partnership.
These awards reflect the fact that Manchester is the country’s third most popular tourism destination – with over one million foreign visitors every year – and that the industry generates £5.8 billion a year for the local economy.
Enjoy this short video showing the highlights of the 2012 Tourism Awards. Look out for Barbara winning her award and Sibby congratulating her!
We’re on tripadvisor!
If you have enjoyed a tour with one of our Manchester Guided Tours guides, we would be delighted if you would submit a short review on our tripadvisor page. Thank you!
Did you you know that you could buy gift vouchers for our guided walks? Buy them from the Visitor Information Centre in Piccadilly Plaza. They would make a perfect present!
Have you been reading our blog page? The latest blogs include the Memorial Hall in Albert Square, the Manchester poplar, the local woman who pioneered the campaign which later became the RSPB, the Kinder Tresspass 80th anniversary, Manchester fossils, and Manchester’s famous Horrockses frocks. Thank you Anne Beswick for your wonderful way with words. Read another of Anne’s stories on Rainy City Stories.
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Watch our guides in action on youtube.
The Town Hall Clock Tower tour and Manchester Town Hall tour
Click here to watch an interview of Manchester Guided Tours’ guide Helen Freeborough by Visit Manchester all about her love of the Town Hall and its Clock Tower.
The ‘Over the Rainbow’ guided walk
Watch Sibby talking about her LGBT ‘Over the Rainbow’ guided tour.
The Northern Quarter Guided Tour
Watch Peter talking about his Northern Quarter guided walking tour.
-Discover Manchester guided walk
-Panoramic and Familiarisation coach tour
-Guided tours for schools, colleges and universities
-Guided tours for social groups
-Guided tours for business visitors and conference delegates
-The Gangs of Manchester guided tour
-Industrial Heritage guided tour
-Manchester Cycle tour
-Pubs guided tour
-Underground Manchester guided tour
-Hidden Manchester guided tour
-Food and Drink guided tour
-Manchester Football guided tour
-Manchester Sporting Heritage guided tour
-Victorian Manchester guided tour
-Manchester Architecture guided tour
-Radical Manchester Politics guided tour
-Coronation Street guided tour
-Family Manchester and Salford Waterways Boat Trip
-Victorian Novelists guided tour
-Manchester Literature guided tour
-Irish Manchester guided tour
-Manchester Immigrants guided tour
-Ancoats / New Islington regeneration guided tour
-Manchester’s Gay Heritage guided tour
-The Pankhursts guided tour
-The Northern Quarter guided tour
-Manchester guided tours in German, French and Spanish
-Talks given on a range of Manchester related subjects
See list of all our tours»
About Manchester Guided Tours
We are the largest group of qualified, insured and experienced Manchester Green Badge and North West Blue Badge tourist guides working in Manchester and the North West region. Our tour guides will provide informative and entertaining guided walks and coach, cycle or boat tours to make your Manchester experience memorable. We love our city, we love our region and whether you’re in Manchester for business or pleasure we’d love to show you around. Contact us»