Britain’s “capital of the north” and third most visited city, Manchester, has so much to offer visitors, even if they’re only there for the day. There’s no better way to hit all the must-sees in a city than by a tour organized for you, and Manchester has several of them catering to each type of traveler and their passions.
It all starts in Manchester, the gateway to the north of England, and the city welcomes you to discover its history, culture, and heritage whichever way you choose - by bus, foot, taste, sight, or sound.
Trace the history of Manchester, known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, through the Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour. Hop on the bus for a 90-minute trip around Manchester city center to Salford Quays. Pick a few or check out all 15 stops depending on your interests. The sports fan will appreciate the National Football Museum and Old Trafford Football Stadium, home to Manchester United. Architecture lovers will marvel at Manchester Cathedral and Manchester Town Hall. And the creative in you will like The Lowry and a tour of MediaCityUK. This bus tour is one convenient way to tick off all the must-sees Manchester has to offer.
A walking tour is a great way to experience the heritage, history and culture of Manchester up close and personal. In the morning, take the Discover Manchester Walking Tour and learn about the neo-gothic architecture of the Manchester Town Hall, why there’s a memorial dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, the world-class collection at John Rylands Library, how The Royal Exchange transformed from a cotton exchange into a theatre, and more. You'll be in good hands as you make your way through the city accompanied by a Blue Badge Tourist Guide.
Eat and drink your way through Manchester by choosing one of the many food tour options. In The Northern Quarter Taster, taste five small plates while wandering through eateries in the trendy Northern Quarter. You’ll not only taste, but learn about the district’s history and see markets and shops including Afflecks Palace (an indoor market) and shopping center, Arndale. Join A Slice of Manchester - Pizza Walk, a weekly tour stopping at three of Manchester’s top pizza joints while a guide to teaches you about Manchester's food scene and history. And for a drink, head to Robinsons Brewery. Become an expert in the science and technical aspects of brewing ales and sample one of their award-winning brews.
Join Skyliner for a popular tour focusing on Manchester’s public art in the city’s vibrant Northern Quarter. Over the course of two hours, the tour highlights stories about the Northern Quarter’s oldest street art and sculptures, ceramic art and murals, and even journey to the future, discussing building developments. This tour covers history from the 1970s to the present.
Manchester is one of England’s capitals of music (in addition to Liverpool and London) and to discover how the city shaped the world’s music scene, join a Manchester Music Story Tour. This two-hour tour starts in Albert Square where you’ll hear stories about The Hollies, The Smiths, Oasis, New Order, Simply Red, The Stone Roses and many other legendary bands while seeing iconic places from Manchester’s music history from the 60s to 90s. Highlights include Free Trade Hall, the Hacienda, Factory Records HQ, Salford Lads Club and end at Manchester’s Hard Rock Cafe, where you’ll enjoy a meal amongst rock regalia - Look out for David Bowie’s set list from the Glass Spider tour! Upgrade the two-hour tour to a four-hour tour to have the chance to tour Morrissey’s former home, The Smiths sights, and The Bee Gees former home and schools.