What's happening with New Manchester Walks
NEW! … Welcome to Manchester: new daily tour at 10.45am from 1 October
This is the one for anyone new to the city or just looking to be refreshed at parts you have reached before.
Yes, “Welcome to Manchester” is the ideal walk – a taster, a teaser, a trip through town on a timeless tourist trail.
It’s a best of everything, taking in the old and the new, the ancient and the artful, the glamorous and the glorious.
* The tour has been devised by official Manchester tour guide Ed Glinert, author of Penguin’s Manchester Compendium and the forthcoming Manchester Encyclopaedia.
Book a Talk!
If you don’t fancy a walk, book us for a talk!
Ed Glinert is back giving talks with a monthly slot at Central Library and regular dates at Manchester Cathedral, so book him for your social club, U3A group, Probus set, National Trust outfit or local history society to give an illustrated talk on one of a huge variety of subjects:
* 10 Manchester Inventions That Shook the World
* The Pankhursts
* Manchester’s “Stolen” Architecture
* Marx & Engels in Manchester…
Launching…The Great Treasures of Manchester
The city hosts and holds a thousand treasures: glorious buildings, priceless artefacts, unforgettable stories. We’ve picked out some of the greatest for a remarkable new tour.
• First run: Tuesday 11 October 2016 at 1.30pm from the Visitor Centre.
Manchester Historic Canal Cruise – SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER
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 www.quaytickets.com, 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.”
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.
* Mon 26 Sep, 11am. Meet at the Midland Hotel.
* Thu 20 Oct, 11am. Meet at the Midland Hotel.
* Sun 23 Oct, 11am. Meet at the Midland Hotel.
* Wed 26 Oct, 1.30pm. Meet at the Midland Hotel.
* Sun 30 Oct, 1.30pm. The Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the Art Gallery followed by the Town Hall Murals in detail. Meet at the Art Gallery.
Ancoats: Workshop of the World – SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER
Next tour: Sat 17 September 2016.
Meet: Outside the Band on the Wall, 2pm.
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…
The Pankhursts: Suffragette City – SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER
• 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 Saturday 8 October.
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.