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July & August walks now appearing on the Programme – Click “Continue Reading” below for more info

Savor the sizzling summer on a New Manchester Walks walk!

We will be covering the vast range of the city’s historical, cultural and sociable subjects: from city centre architecture to Wildlife at the Airport; from Ancoats to Manchester music; from Central Library to John Rylands library; from the Pankhursts to Peterloo – and much more besides.

* Please see our website Calendar for full information.
* No need to book; just turn up.
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City Centre Cruises

Manchester Historic Canal Cruise – SATURDAY 13 AUGUST

Cruise the Manchester waterways with us as we watch Manchester, Trafford Park and Salford glide past from the comfort of the L S Lowry or Emmeline Pankhurst boat. The Manchester Ship Canal, Bridgewater Canal and River Irwell are our watery highways to reach Media City, the Coronation Street studios and the old docks of what was Britain’s 4th biggest port.

We even go through the only Manchester lock – at Pomona – an unusual and exhilarating experience as the boat rises or falls to meet the level of the other waterway and the fortress-like walls of the lock disappear from view.
• Expert commentary provided by the queen of canal tour guides, Salford-born Sue Grimditch.
• Please book through, 0843 208 0500. Cost: £18.
• Meet at the water’s edge outside the Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road.

And here’s a rave TripAdvisor review…

“As somebody who has worked in and around Manchester all my life I thought I knew it well – but No I didn’t know it at all. The guide was excellent and kept coming up with little gems that made this trip so interesting and pleasurable. The family run boat was really well run by very pleasant staff and was clean and comfortable. I would not hesitate to recommend both visitors and locals to give it a go.”

**The boat is heated with licensed bar and loos onboard**
Please book through, 0843 208 0500
**more cruise dates coming soon**
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Clock Tower

Tours of Manchester Town Hall

We’re delighted to be able to announce that the Town Hall managers have kindly given us some dates for imminent tours.
They are:
Sun 10 July at 2.30pm
Wed 13 July at 11am
Sat 30 July, 11am.
Sun 31 July, 2.30pm.
* Sat 30 July, 11am.
* Sun 31 July, 2.30pm.
* Sun 14 August, 11am.
* Mon 22 August, 11am.
* Tue 30 August (Murals only, in great detail), 12 noon.

Please meet outside the Midland Hotel, Peter Street, for the regular tour. Outside the Art Gallery for the Murals only tour. And please do check the website in case of last-minute problems.
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Ancoats mills

Ancoats: Workshop of the World – SAT 6th AUGUST

Industry began in Ancoats, a factory hoot from Manchester city centre. In 1700 this had been a semi-rural enclave by the river Medlock, Ancoats Hall home to the lords of the Manchester manor. By 1800 this was a teeming, squalid suburb, blackened with soot, deafened with the noise of thundering machinery, the smell of belching smoke hanging in the air.

The conditions were shocking: the noise of thundering machinery, suffocating air, high accident rates and notorious employment practices at the expense of an emaciated, underpaid workforce slave-driven for unsustainably long hours amidst disease, darkness, damp and desperate heat, living in dingy streets of tiny workers’ houses, jerry-built two-up two down brick boxes standing back-to-back so that as many properties as possible could be squeezed into the smallest of spaces.

The late 20th century saw Ancoats die. The mills shut, the workshops wound down, the canal almost dried up. Now it’s all cleaned up. The mills are modern workshops; the factories smart apartments, while new developments such as the much lauded New Islington project with its funkily named Chips Building and Dutch-styled houses are attracting investment…
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The Pankhursts: Suffragette City – SATURDAY 23 JULY

• Christabel: suffragette icon, arrested at the Free Trade Hall, locked in Strangeways.

• Sylvia: suffragette icon, joshed with Lenin, befriended Haile Selassie. MI5 called her “the tiresome Miss Sylvia Pankhurst”.

• Emmeline: suffragette icon, Independent Labour Party campaigner, Tory Party candidate (not at the same time).

Walk in the footsteps of the family who won women the vote on Wednesday 6 July.
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Trade & Group Travel:

The Glories & Stories of Manchester – Coach Tour

City sights include the world’s first railway station and the Bridgewater Canal. The glorious Manchester Town Hall, the striking gothic style of John Rylands Library, the University area and the fascinating Gorton Monastery.

East to Sportcity developed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games including the Etihad Stadium of Manchester City FC and the Manchester Velodrome home to Team GB Cycling. West to Old Trafford and the 75000 seater stadium of Manchester United FC, finally to the unique waterside redevelopment of the old docks The Quays.

Spectacular water views and stunning contemporary architecture of Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry Arts centre. The flagship Media CityUK northern home of the BBC, ITV and the new Coronation Street studios. All sitting on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal the last great engineering feat of the Victorian era.

Tours can be tailored to include a lunch stop, tours of Manchester City FC & Manchester United Stadium, the Velodrome or the BBC Studios, at extra cost and subject to availability.
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How To Attend Our Walks, Tours, Talks, Cruises

We have a new system in place for the autumn and winter and details of our walks, tours, talks and cruises are on-line only.

To find out what’s on and when, please go to our Calendar or you can head to our Walks & Tours tab

PLEASE PLEASE make sure you check the website a day in advance in case of unavoidable late changes.
Read on for further information and for whether or not you need to book to go on our walks and tours.
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Central Library - easily reached...

Detailed Tours of Central Library

Yes, we are bigging up our lovingly-honed, in-depth tour of the architectural and bibliographical gem that is the reopened Central Library. Ideal for private groups; we’ve taken around so many.

The New Manchester Walks team has devised a wonderful tour, rich in history, architecture, design and drama.

We will explain how the building works, explain the fascinating symbolism inside, touch on the library’s previous homes (Charles Dickens opened the first such building in 1852), view the exquisite reading room, and open up areas you might not find yourself…
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