Perfect for locals and visitors alike – this is an entertaining and comprehensive tour about what makes Manchester the city it is today. On these walks, we visit the best-known attractions as well as the lesser-known quirks.
As the #1 rated Tour in Manchester on TripAdvisor, we believe this to be the best way to learn about the city’s history and culture, orientate yourself, meet new people and learn insider tips.
So join Josh on an adventure, and uncover Manchester in the way people have for hundreds of years - on foot and for free.
If you’re still interested, why not have a look through our most Frequently Asked Questions. I hope to see you on a tour soon!
How is this tour 'free'?
We are an independent tour that believes everyone should be able to discover Manchester. This ‘free’ walking tour model is proving popular all around Europe at the moment, probably because it means we have to constantly work our very hardest to deliver the best possible tour! Tips are invited by the guide at the end of the tour. You will never be pressured to tip.
When does the tour run?
Start Time: 11am.
Length: 3 - 3.5 hours. (including 15-min break)
All year in all weather.
Where will the tour start and end?
Begin: Alan Turing Memorial, Sackville Gardens, opposite Chez Cafe near Canal Street. (Postcode M1 3BH)
End: Exchange Square, opposite Oyster Pub near the National Football Museum. (postcode M3 1BD)
Is the tour definitely running?
We always run on the days and times specified (including on bank holidays) unless otherwise stated on Facebook and Twitter.
Is this tour accessible?
These tours are only in the English language.
El tour es solo en inglés.
The tour is wheelchair accessible.
If you have any other accessibility needs (eg hearing/medical) please contact us beforehand, and we will make sure you are fully accommodated.
Anyone of any age is welcome.
Dogs are more than welcome.
Do I need to book?
Booking is not required.
I understand some people like the comfort of book, so if you would like to book, please visit the booking link.
Who’s The Guide?
Hello, my name is Josh. I’m from Manchester, went to the University of Manchester and I started these tours of Manchester back in 2015! I’ve had the best of times running them, having met the most extraordinary people. I feel very lucky that by doing these tours, it feels as though the world has come to me. As well as a tour guide, I am a professional playwright, having most recently won a commendation at the 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting - I think this reflects in my passion for bringing Manchester to life using stories.
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