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Want to know about Manchester? Ask our expert guides. Or better still, book a tour!

You want to get to know Manchester better. Of course you do! It’s the world’s first industrial city (quiet Birmingham), Britain’s second city (quiet Birmingham), home of the world’s most famous football team (no, not Real Madrid), the country’s best-loved TV soap (no, not Crossroads), birthplace of the heroic Emmeline Pankhurst, workplace of the equally heroic Alan Turing.
It is also home of the country’s first man-made canal, the world’s first passenger railway, the place that gave us glorious Gothic revival architecture, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, a powerful history of political protest and some of the most exciting music the world has ever heard. This is Manchester – THE industrial strength city. Want to get to know Manchester better? The only solution is to book one of our Zooms or walking tours. There is no alternative.
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Why we’re on Zoom and how to use it: a handy guide

Hi folks. Ed Glinert here. Really looking forward to meeting everyone back on the streets of Manchester, Liverpool, Worsley, Knutsford, Haworth, London or wherever my tour is! We will be continuing Zoom as well, because the format allows us to do things we can’t do in real life. To illustrate this
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Walking tours are back! We kick-off, Mon 17 May, with Southern Cemetery

Boris has boomed. Monday 17 May: groups of up to 30 people, which means we can take you round the streets of Manchester, Liverpool, Haworth, Knutsford and beyond.

And we kick off with a sojourn among the graves and Gothic glories of Southern Cemetery at 12 noon.

This has to be booked (on Eventbrite) as we can only take 30, not 300, folks!
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Guiding in Manchester – Frequently Asked Questions

Why are there two groups of guides? Surely you’re all just Manchester tour guides?
Our group, New Manchester Walks, is run commercially. The other group only takes on guides if they’ve got a coloured badge, handed out by the Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG), a useless, incompetent and corrupt body that has done its best to hold back tour guiding in the North. We at New Manchester Walks believe that the qualifications a guide needs to take people around the area are a deep knowledge of the subject, an out-going personality, technique, wit and charm, not a coloured badge.

I’d like to become a Blue Badge guide in Manchester. Is that possible?
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2021 Walking Tours Gift Vouchers Buy On Eventbrite!

That’s your Christmas present sorted then: New Manchester Walks’ gift vouchers which can be redeemed on any tour. No time limit for use. Just make sure the tour is taking place before you set off from Stretford, Salford or Spitzbergen. To buy a gift voucher, please click “Continue reading” here to go to eventbrite.
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We have revolutionised tour guiding through Zoom! Explore Manchester (and the rest of the world) with tours devised by Ed Glinert. Booking on eventbrite

Sat 3 Underground Tunnels of Liverpool, 11.30am.
Sat 3 Underground Manchester, 2.30pm.
Sun 4 Knutsford, 12 noon.
Wed 7, Angel Meadow, 5.30pm.
Tue 13, Alan Turing: An Heroic Life, 5.30pm.
Thu 15, Titanic: The Story of the World’s Most Ill-Fated Liner (on annual Titanic day), 5.30pm.
Thu 15, Chilling Tales From the Manchester Graveyards, 8pm.
Sat 17, The Glories of Manchester Architecture, 11am.
Sat 17, Ancoats: the Full Tour, 2pm.
Sun 18, Manchester in 12 Songs, 11.30am.
Sun 18, Liverpool in 12 Songs, 2.30pm.
Thu 22, The Rolling Stones London (50th anniversary of Sticky Fingers), 7pm.
Fri 23, Underground Manchester, 8pm.
Sun 25, Strangeways – On the Anniversary of the day the riots ended, 11am.
Sun 25, The Ford Madox Brown Murals at Manchester Town Hall. 2pm.
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Britain’s Greatest Prime Ministers – and the Worst! The perfect talk for your group with Ed Glinert

* Ed Glinert’s hilarious trawl through the dodgy denizens of No. 10.
Prime Ministers don’t fight duels anymore, so we believe, but George Canning, foreign secretary, went into battle with Lord Castlereagh on Putney Heath in 1809. Neither died, and Canning later became the shortest-lived PM after only 118 days.
At around quarter past five on Monday 11 May 1812 PM Spencer Perceval fell down in the lobby of the Palace of Westminster and cried out: “I am murdered!”. Yes, the only time a British prime minister has been assassinated.
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75 Years Since the Atom Bomb – the Manchester Connection

Here in Manchester, we’re appallingly served by the media. The country’s best magazines, such as The Spectator, are 99% London-oriented, while the Manchester Evening News is obsessed with celebrity nonsense, violence and tat. Anyone who wants to read something interesting, fascinating and eye-opening on Manchester has barely anywhere to go –apart from New Manchester Walks. I was hoping the new Mill would be receptive, but I’m not woke enough or young enough. Great stories are being missed.

Seventy-five years ago in August 1945 two atom bombs were dropped on Japan killing more than two hundred thousand people and bringing an apocalyptic end to the world war that had raged since September 1939. Although the bombs were planned and built in America, Manchester, more than most cities, played a crucial role in the entire story, from the…
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Liverpool’s Wonderful Waterfront

Next tour is on Zoom: Wed 17 February, 5.30pm. Meet: on your computer, not by the Dockers’ Umbrella! Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. It’s the greatest urban waterside urban panorama in the country, a mesmerising vista of deep dark docks, baroque towers, skyscraping elevations, exquisite stone palaces and breathtaking brick warehouses. It’s Liverpool …
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Underground Manchester is so popular because it’s so good! Next outing: Saturday 3 April at 2.30pm

Thank you everybody for making “Underground Manchester: The Full Tour on Zoom” so successful. Next tour: Wed 24 Feb, 7pm.

This is an ingenious tour devised by Ed Glinert and fellow guides who have spent far too long below the streets of the city but have come up for air long enough to host this tour.
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