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STUDENT GROUPS, U3A, SOCIETIES, CLUBS, WORKS OUTFIT…book a private tour with us!

Our Blue Badge and Green Badge guides specialise in tours of Manchester and beyond: the Midland Hotel and Manchester Town Hall, tours dealing with politics, architecture, Hacienda-era music, football history, industrial heritage, science, religion and art.

That just about covers everything! So what better way to entertain your social club, historical society or corporate clients than with a private New Manchester Walks tour, talk, walk or canal cruise?

Particular popular for private bookings are:
* The Canal Cruise.
* Manchester Town Hall Murals
* The Grand Hotels of Manchester.
* Peterloo Massacre
* John Rylands Library
* Marx & Engels in Manchester
* Angel Meadow
* Hacienda-era music
* The Pankhursts
* Ancoats . . .
We have more than a hundred to choose from in and around Manchester
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“TRUE FAITH” – Ian Curtis-Joy Division tours during the Art Gallery exhibition

New Manchester Walks is excited to announce that we are hosting a series of walks – Ian Curtis’s Manchester – which we are running during the Art Gallery’s summer Joy Division exhibition, “True Faith”, in collaboration with the gallery.

There will be three dates for tours, starting at the Art Gallery entrance:
* Thu 3 August, 5.30pm.
* Thu 10 August, 5.30pm.
* Thu 24 August, 5.30pm.

Please book with eventbrite by pressing “Continue Reading” and following the link.
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DISCOVER MANCHESTER – DAILY 1.30pm TOUR WITH AN OFFICIAL EXPERT GUIDE

Visitors, tourists, locals! Don’t be taken in by the so-called free tour of Manchester that isn’t really free and is taken by a rogue guide unaccountable to the council or tourist board.

Come round Manchester with an official guide and see the city’s great sights and important sites – the Town Hall, Art Gallery, John Rylands Library, Free Trade Hall, Chinatown and more – on this daily tour with an expert.

We start from the Visitor Centre at 1.30pm.
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MANCHESTER TOWN HALL EXPERT TOUR: LATEST DATES

This is why our Town Hall tour is so good. New Manchester Walks’s Ed Glinert journeyed down to the capital to take out of the London Library two hefty volumes on Ford Madox Brown’s paintings. Books which aren’t available in Manchester and can’t be bought for love or money. So now we know the real stories behind the Town Hall Murals that so captivate our customers.

Here is some basic information about the Town Hall tour. The cost is £8, not £2.50 as some customers have strangely alleged, and that’s for a full tour involving the building’s history, its politics, statues, paintings and architecture. At £8 that is incredible value. £2.50 would diminish the product and undercut the agreed price of official Manchester tours. And no, we get no subsidy from the Town Hall for this tour.

Make sure you book your place, for the Town Hall will be closing for repairs for five years in January 2018.

Next tours. Please book with eventbrite. Press Continue Reading and click the link:
* Fri 21 July, 11am. GONE. It was sold out!
* Wed 2 August, 1.30pm.
* Mon 7 August, 1.30pm.
* Wed 9 August, 1.30pm.
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THE DE-LUXE MIDLAND HOTEL TOUR

The 4th of May has just passed. It was the date when Rolls and Royce are believed to have met in the Midland Hotel and decided to go into business together. What a great tale. Well, Ed Glinert has now done some serious research into this story and come up with some startling twists. This is just one of the reasons why our Midland Hotel tours are selling out fast.

Such has been the demand to hear Ed Glinert & co. tell the real story of the hotel: entertaining and enlightening anecdotes about Winston Churchill, John Barbirolli, Michael Collins, Alex Ferguson, Albert Tatlock, the King of Afghanistan, George Best, Johnny Cash, Michael Collins, Van Morrison, Theresa May…

Public dates:
• Sun 4 June, 2.30pm or 4pm (!SOLD OUT!)
• Sun 30 July, 2.30pm or 4pm. Tickets on sale with eventbrite.
• Sun 20 August, 2.30pm or 4pm. Tickets on sale with eventbrite.
Meet outside the hotel on Peter Street.
• Ideal for private tours for groups of around 20 people.
• Hear the history, soak in the sleek style and lounge in its luxurious locations. What a great way of spending two hours or so!

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THE 7 WONDERS OF MANCHESTER: Read on for the perfect introduction to the city

Manchester was the first city of the industrial revolution, the city that shaped the modern world, the industrial strength city.

These are the most spectacular sights to be seen, the great treasures of the city, the 7 Wonders of Manchester, each linked with our tours.

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BOOK A TALK WITH MANCHESTER’S WITTIEST PUBLIC SPEAKER: ED GLINERT

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:
* The Pankhursts.
* 10 Manchester Inventions That Shook the World.
* Peterloo.
* Royal Scandal Through the Ages.
* The Lonely Life of L. S. Lowry.
* Engels & Marx in Manchester.
* The Manchester Ship Canal.
* Alan Turing.
* The Fenian Hangings of 1867.
* The Secret History of Manchester.
* Manchester architecture (how the city’s main buildings stole their design from existing works).
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COACH TOURS: BOOK A TOUR FOR YOUR GROUP

Now is the time for your social club, U3A group, Probus outfit, student body … to book a coach tour with our effortlessly entertaining guides.
There are so many to choose from:
* The Great Treasures of Manchester
* Wild and Wuthering West Yorkshire
* L. S. Lowry’s sights and settings of Salford
* The Beatles’ Liverpool
* Chi-Chi Cheshire
* The History of Manchester United…
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THE MANCHESTER BEE

Why is the bee the official Manchester animal? In the aftermath of Manchester’s most awful post-war tragedy the bee is appearing throughout the city as a solidarity symbol and a tattoo choice. The bee is already evident throughout Manchester on municipal structures. In the Town Hall the platform outside the Great Hall is called The Bees and is decorated appropriately. The city’s coat of arms features a globe coated with bees. At Manchester Art Gallery the most famous and admired painting is Work by Ford Madox Brown. So how did it gain prominence?
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Ancoats: Workshop of the World – SUNDAY 9 APRIL

Next tour: Sun 9 April 2017.
Meet: Outside the Band on the Wall, 1.30pm.

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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