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• BUILD A METROLINK LINE TO FACTORY Work is underway to create a remarkable new arts centre, the Factory, on the old Granada TV site, amidst thousands of new flats. But how will people get there once it all opens? The walk from the Deansgate stations or St Peter’s Square is so long it will …
We at New Manchester Walks have been at the forefront of getting more people to visit and stay in Manchester. Customers have come from the Midlands, London, Holland – the record is New Zealand; beat that! – to go on our tours. But we want you to enjoy your visit, whether it be an afternoon away from regular golf in Northenden or a once in a lifetime city break. So when you’ve been on our tours and want something else to do here are the top ten things it’s best not to avoid or be wary of, from No. 10, the least worst of the ten, to No. 1, the pits.
The Gay Village – The Trafford Centre – Curry Mile – Rylands By Yourself –
Rolls Met Royce Tours of the Midland – Corrie Cobbles – Sightseeing Bus Tour –
Inside Man Utd – Christmas Markets – Science and Industry Museum
10. The Gay Village
Once it was revolutionary, now it’s passé. The pubs play deafening crap music, the restaurants are over-priced, the place is overrun with chavs, and no one has made any attempt to get to grips with its history.
Just over a hundred years ago, on 1 December 1919, something unprecedented happened in British politics: a woman entered Parliament for the first time. American socialite Nancy Astor had just won a by-election in Plymouth Sutton for the Tories, replacing ironically her husband, Waldorf Astor, who had just been ennobled.
That’s your birthday/retirement/Baptism/Barmitzvah present problems solved!
Buy, buy, buy a New Manchester Walks gift voucher, redeemable on any of our hundred-plus tours in and around the world’s greatest industrial city (no, not Birmingham), except Underground Manchester (which sells out quickly and coach tours, obv).
This from St Paul’s School of London after a Literary Manchester tour
I wanted to say a very warm thank you for the tour you gave our students on Thursday 17 October. It was a brilliant introduction to the city and to Manchester’s literary and cultural history. Great for the kids to hear about some of the less heralded figures like Ainsworth and Spring as well as the bigger names. The kids were really buzzing afterwards and you gave them some great hints for further reading.
1. What’s gone wrong at the John Rylands Library
As the most opinionated, most confident (and best-researched) writer in Manchester, it’s time for me to share some critical thoughts with people who will appreciate them. I’ll start with one of Manchester’s best-loved attractions, the John Rylands Library on Deansgate.
This is one of the world’s greatest libraries, with a remarkable collection that includes the personal papers of such luminaries as John Dalton, Elizabeth Gaskell and John Wesley. It is also home to the oldest piece of the New Testament ever found, the St John Fragment. So what a shame that the library is run like a cross between Theresa May’s Brexit deal committee and Man Utd’s transfer target working group…
If you’re in Manchester for a few days, a day, an hour or two, contact us to be taken round with an expert guide who will make the city come alive.
We are New Manchester Walks, a walks, talks and tours outfit, open to all guides who want to promote the history of Manchester, the world’s first industrial city – THE industrial strength city.
We provide an unrivalled and unmatchable programme of historical trips and tours in and around Manchester: from the Gothic glories and cotton palaces of central Manchester to the gleaming new dock side towers of Salford Quays; from the coal face of industrial Eastlands to the winding alleyways of Knutsford in leafy Cheshire.
We don’t just do walks! We do tours, talks, cruises, PR…we accompany visitors around the region.
For instance on Sunday 17 June India played Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup, a wonderful event which brought so many people to Manchester. New Manchester Walks’s Ed Glinert took a lovely party of Indian visitors on a coach tour of Manchester on the Saturday, the day before the match, together with Joan Davies of Manchester Guided Tours.
On the Monday Ed Glinert chaperoned another group of lovely Indian visitors on an all-day tour: a visit to Manchester United’s museum and stadium tour, a coach tour of the area, and a boat trip with historical commentary on the Princess Katharine boat. So, don’t forget to book our guides for something similar.
Ed Glinert recently spoke to hundreds of members of South Manchester U3A on Peterloo.
Just to say how much your talk was appreciated by our U3A.
Many thanks and if you agree I will book you in for the three hundredth
So, if you don’t fancy a walk, book a talk. What a great idea for your social club, U3A group, Probus set, National Trust outfit, local history society; to book New Manchester Walks’ Ed Glinert to give an illustrated talk on one of a huge variety of subjects.
* Alan Turing.
* The Pankhursts.
* Royal Scandal.
* Marx & Engels in Manchester.
* Britain’s Greatest Prime Ministers – and the Worst!
Peterloo 200 might be almost over, but the story continues…
Many thanks to the 274 people who came on our expert tours Friday and Saturday, and the 20 on Sunday to discover the joys of Howard Spring’s Peterloo-ish novel, “Fame is the Spur”.
Now it gets really interesting.