The daily Free Tour of Manchester: this entertaining and comprehensive free tour, led by locals, covers Manchester's main attractions and lesser-known quirks. We run Every Day at 11am, from the Alan Turing Memorial in Sackville Gardens (M1 3HB). Booking is not required – you can just turn up!
Remember to look for the guide with the Free Manchester Walking Tours blue/yellow compass logo.
On this tour, we tell the story of Manchester. We share our famous characters, political movements and musical legends. It is an adventure through Manchester’s many terrains including hidden backstreets, opulent interiors, canal walkways and industrial infrastructure. We don’t just point and give facts - this tour is poignant, funny, poetic and political. Plus, our local guides will offer you insider tips and suggestions of what to do with your time in the city.
Start Time: Every Day, at 11am
Length: Approximately 3-hours, including a 15-minute break.
Meeting Point: Alan Turing Memorial, Sackville Gardens, near Canal Street (M1 3HB). Remember to look for the guide with the Free Manchester Walking Tours blue/yellow compass logo.
End Point: Exchange Square, near Oyster Pub and the National Football Museum (M3 1BD)
We run Every Day (excluding Christmas Day and New Years Day). Booking is not required. If you would feel more comfortable booking regardless, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will provide details on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds.
Is the tour definitely running?
Yes. The free tour of Manchester runs every day, in all weather! The only days we do not run are Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Is the tour accessible?
It's important to us that our tour is accessible to everyone. Our tour is wheelchair accessible, and we welcome all ages. We also love accommodating pets! If you have any specific needs or concerns, simply let us know before or at the beginning of the tour. Dogs also welcome.
Who are your guides?
My name’s Josh. I’m from Manchester, and I attended the University of Manchester as an undergraduate, and also as a History MA student. Aside from the tours, I keep myself occupied writing for Theatre and TV, and as a parent to Alan the Beagle / Cocker Spaniel puppy. I founded the original free tours of Manchester back in the September of 2015. Over six years later, we are a small team of local guides, who take pride in sharing the city’s unique story with the world.
Free? How is this tour free?
We are an independent tour group that believes everyone should be able to discover Manchester. This ‘free’ walking tour model is popular all around Europe because it means we have to work our hardest to deliver the best possible tour! Tips are invited by the guide at the end, but you will never be pressured to tip.
Do you run any other tours?
We run the LGBT+ Manchester Walking Tour every Saturday at 3pm (£10pp).
We also run the Northern Quarter Manchester Walking Tour every Sunday at 3pm (£10pp).
You can book for these tours by emailing email@example.com
More info can be found at: www.AlternativeManchesterWalkingTour.com
Do you do private tours?
Yes, we regularly deliver private tours. We've run special tours for all sorts of groups including businesses, U3As, stag and hen parties, special interest societies, as well as treasure hunts and school visits - we've even collaborated with The Sunday Boys, Manchester's gay men's voice choir.
Large parties (8+) and school groups must contact us in advance.
We are 2 mins from the Chorlton Street National Express bus station, 5 mins from Piccadilly Train Station and 5 mins from Oxford Road Train Station.
Sackville Gardens is situated between Canal Street, Whitworth Street and Sackville Street by Esquires coffee shop.
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