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Guided Tours of Manchester

Including Blue Badge and other tours around Greater Manchester, Chester and Liverpool

Manchester Guided Walks and Tours

Whether you're visiting Manchester for the day or you've known the city for years, there's no better way of exploring the area than with an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide. As well as seeing the major landmarks and attractions, you will learn about the city's secrets and discover hidden gems that visitors often miss. Professionally qualified Blue and Green Badge Guides have undertaken extensive training, are fully insured, self-employed guides and are registered with the Institute of Tourist Guiding, as well as being recognised by Visit Manchester and Visit Britain.'s-tour-guides.aspx.

Blue Badge & Green badge Tour Guides

Blue Badge guides are qualified to lead walks and tours across the whole of the North West region, and Green Badge Guides in a particular city, for example Manchester or Liverpool.

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Private Walks & Coach Tours

Guides offer a range of private guided walking and coach tours throughout Manchester, in several European languages:

  • General or bespoke themed tours tailored to your requirements
  • Small or large groups catered for
  • Airport and hotel transfers, and meet-and-greet services offered.

The Guild of Manchester Tourist Guides

Email: Tel (Mobile): 0751 400 9434.

Manchester Tourist Guiding Agency
Tel: 0161-440 0277. MobilEmail: 0776 929 8068.

New Manchester Walks
For private walks and coach tours, please contact Ed Glinert or Sue Grimditch at New Manchester Walks: email:, or tel (Mobile): 07769 29 8068.

Tour Guides

Ailsa Walters
Tel: 0161 941 7620. Email:
Victorian Manchester, the Co-op & Robert Owen, Mrs Linnaeus Banks' novel, talks.

Andrew Derbyshire
Mobile: 0777 566 8639. Email:

Anne Beswick
Mobile: 0750 569 1105. Email: Website:

Barbara Frost
Tel: 01625 532 045. Email:
Victorian Manchester, literary/theatrical tours, hotel tours, talks.

Barbara Warnock
Tel: 0161 973 0120. Email:

David Brotherton
Mobile: 0794 433 3353. Email: Website:

Denise Sackett
Mobile: 0772 412 3526
Email: . Website:

Ed Glinert
Mobile: 0776 929 8068. Email:
Architecture, Manchester town hall, music, political history, football, industrial heritage.

Eileen Allen
Mobile: 0776 028 1081. Email:

Elizabeth Sibbering
Tour Guide Manchester
Mobile: 0788 767 6076. Email:
Industrial heritage, Castlefield, Ancoats, Corrie, sculpture trails, The Quays, LS Lowry, pub walks, 'Strange But True', LGBT, talks.

Emma Fox
Mobile: 0750 077 4200. Email:

Helen Freeborough
Mobile: 0794 662 0808. Email:

Jean Bailo
Mobile: 0781 212 9754. Email:
The Beatles, Victorian Manchester, contemporary NW sport, conferences, talks. Spanish spoken.

Joan Davies
Mobile: 07803 124476. Email:

John Alker
Mobile: 0775 917 3786. Email:

John Consterdine
Manchester Taxi Tours. Mobile: 0794 623 9221. Email:
The city's only Green Badge Black Cab driver guide.

John Doughty
Mobile: 0779 978 5166. Email:
Lancashire witches, industrial heritage, pre-history, folklore & traditions.

John Ryan
Mobile: 0759 084 8100. Email: Website:

Jonathan Schofield
Mobile: 0787 623 5638. Email:
Popular music, art, architecture, radical history, sport, pub walks.

Kate Dibble
Mobile: 0790 511 0197. Email: Website:
Contemporary Manchester, literature, especially Mrs Gaskell, talks.

Pauline Lloyd
Mobile: 0772 350 3702. Email:
Website: French spoken.

Peter O'Grady
Mobile: 0792 392 5566. Email: Website:

Philippa Cave
Mobile: 0793 204 1217. Email:

Ray Hoerty
Mobile: 0797 401 0574. Email:
Sport, film/TV locations, theatre, industrial regeneration, pub trails.

Steve Bourne
Mobile: 0790 098 4376. Email:

Sue Grimditch
Mobile: 0788 400 1315. Email:
Website: Coach tours, Salford, The Quays, football, industry.

Sue McCarthy
Mobile: 07941 263704. Email: Website:

Suzanne Hindle
Mobile: 07853 181299. Email:

Manchester Visitor Information Centre

Please Note
Manchester Visitor Information Centre has now relocated to:
Piccadilly Plaza, Portland Street, Manchester M1 4BT.
The Visitor Information Centre has all the programmes of guided walks through the city, which includes the town hall.
Open Monday - Saturday 10.00-5.30pm, Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm. Visit Manchester is the Tourist Board for Greater Manchester and is a division of Marketing Manchester, the agency charged with promoting Manchester on a national and international stage.

Location of The Manchester Visitor Information Centre


Guided Tours of Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Visitor Information Centre Town Hall Tours
The majority of Town Hall tours can be booked through the Visitor Centre and this can be done either in person by visiting us at the Centre which is located on the corner of Parker Street and Portland Street - see location plan above.

New Manchester Walks
Town Hall guided tours can also be arranged through New Manchester Walks.

MCFC Experience
City of Manchester/Etihad Stadium Museum & Tour

The Manchester City Experience (Museum & Etihad Stadium Tour) combines the rich sporting history of Manchester City Football Club with a 75 minute tour of the awe inspiring City of Manchester Stadium.
The Tour includes the Box Level, the Corporate Lounge, the Directors' Box, Dressing Room, the Walk of Pride / Players' Tunnel, War-up room, Press facilities, the Pitch Side and Dugouts.
Please phone 0870 062 1894 for more information....or... See Our Main Entry .

Coronation Street & Granada Studios Tour

Please note that the Granada Television Studios Tour and Coronation Street Tour are no longer in operation, and have been closed for several years. So far as we are aware there are no plans to reopen it.

Manchester Airport Tours

Manchester Airport Tours
Manchester Airport Tour Centre, Terminal 1, Manchester Airport, Manchester M90 1QX.
Tel: 0161-489 2442 for all other Tours. Tel: 0161-489 3932 for Concorde Tours only.
Please note that Concorde Tours cannot be booked via email - you must ring.
Fax: 0161-436 3030. Email:
The Tour Centre holds displays from various airlines and shows specialist aviation videos. Tours are available for educational bodies (aged 4 and upward) and public groups. Tours can be booked directly through the Tour Centre and, as we realise each group has different requirements we have designed 5 options for you to choose from. The most popular is a 2 hour tour incorporating Terminals 1 and 3.

Manchester Black Cab Taxi Tours

Black cab tours by Manchester’s only accredited Green Badge taxi driver. The big sights – Town Hall, the Lowry, Old Trafford, Coronation Street, Sportcity, Imperial War Museum North and more. Disabled access available. Ring John 07946 239 221.

Jewish Heritage Trails in Manchester

Manchester Jewish Museum

190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 8LW. Tel: 0161-834 9879. Fax: 0161-832 7353.
Tours of the old Jewish Quarter are run by New Manchester Walks ( and by the Jewish Museum.

Northern Tours

Four Winds, Fleet Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6BD.
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7 Duncan Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6BL. Tel: 01204 695006 or 01204 692929.
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An established tour operator company that provides tours of the very best cultural and historical sights and sounds of Northern England. Tours are designed and aimed at travellers from the United States and all around the World. Various tours of Manchester and surrounding areas.
14 day package for only £1800.00 including hotel accommodation (bed, breakfast & evening meal). Individual tours for single days or 7 days or 10 days with accommodation are also available at £129.00 per day.


Manchester United Tour & Museum
With over 200,000 visitors every year from all over the world, you know you are part of one of the greatest football clubs in history!
See also: Manchester United Football Club.
Harry Ramsdens
Harry Ramsdens world famous fish & chip restaurant will give you a real taste of one of the England's greatest foods.
The Trafford Centre
With 280 World class stores and 35 cafés, restaurants and bars, the Trafford Centre is the perfect place to visit for all your gifts to take back home. See also: The Trafford Centre.


Quarry Bank Mill
Quarry Bank Mill is the only working water powered mill still producing cotton cloth in Europe. Unravel the history of cotton and experience life as an apprentice in the restored georgian cotton mill.
See also: Quarry Bank Mill.
Dunham Massey Hall
An early Georgian house with edwardian interiors, and has one of the Northwest's finest gardens and ancient deer park with plenty of fallow deer roaming about.
See also: Dunham Massey.


Grosvenor Museum
The Grosvenor Museum was founded in 1885, and it's origins are linked to the start of the Chester Society for Natural Science, Literature and Art, founded by Charles Kingsley in 1871.
Chester Cathedral
A place of worship for over 1,000 years. Originally a Benedictine Abbey.
Guided Walks
Walking tour condensing 2,000 years of the city's dramatic history, exploring the Roman ruins and city walls.
See also: City of Chester.


Bury East Lancashire Light Railway
Steam and diesel train trips along the Irwell Valley between Bury and Rawtenstall. See also: East Lancs Railway.
Bury Market
A busy bustling market, and an attractive range of high street and specialist shops, the market has over 100 stalls and a wide variety of goods. See also: Bury.


Aquarium of the Lakes
Set on the banks of Lake Windermere, the award winning Aquarium of the Lakes is the UK's largest collection of freshwater fish.
See also: Bowness & Lake Windermere.
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
From Haverthwaite Station, hard working steam locomotives haul comfortable coaches through the beautiful Leven Valley to Lakeside.
Ulverston Market Town
Ulverston is South Lakeland's friendliest market town, Cumbria's Festival Town and the start of the Cumbria Way. It nestles between the mountains of the Lake District, the shores of Windermere and the waters of Morecambe Bay. See also: Ulverston.
Holker Hall
Visit the 25 acre national award winning gardens, a superb statley home and the Lakeland Motor Museum.
Cartmel Village
A picturesque village of Cartmel with it's idyllic market square, charming specialty shops and impressive 12th century priory church.
See also: Cartmel Village.


Liverpool Market
Visit the biggest market in the United Kingdom, with up to 500 independent stalls set in a Victorian listed warehouse complex.
Blue Bar Café
Popular stylish day & night time venue with a high celebrity count.
The Beatles Story
An evocative exhibition charting the life and times of John, Paul, George and Ringo from the early days in Hamburg to the Cavern in Liverpool.
See also: City of Liverpool.


Magical Mystery Tour
The tour introduces you to over 30 places associated directly with The Beatles.
The Slavery History Trail
A fascinating guided walking tour through area's of Liverpool connected with the slave trade.
Williamson Tunnels
A 45 minute guided tour through parts of the unique labyrinth of tunnels beneath Edge Hill. Created in the 19th century by philanthropist Joseph Williamson.
Doctor Duncans
A Cain's pub in the style of a traditional Victorian ale house, and a haven for real ale enthusiasts.
Other tours available, including Blackpool, Southport, Carlisle, Skipton, Nottingham and York.


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If you are, or know of any local artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located or based in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate, we'll try to include them. Contact us directly by email.

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