Here’s a tip from one who knows. Avoid the free tours. They’re a rip-off. Yes, you don’t have to stump any cash – and who carries much money around with them anyway these days? – but you’ll be wasting your time and your intelligence will be insulted if you make the mistake of going on them.
If you’d like to discover a general broad-brush history of Manchester there’s a “Discover Manchester” tour going on every day at 11am from Central Library, hosted by our colleagues from Manchester Guided Tours.
Our political tours go that bit further. That’s because Ed Glinert, has been working as a political journalist, author and commentator since 1981. He has written for the New Statesman, Sunday Times, Independent and spent ten years at Private Eye.
Thank you so much for the enjoyable tour. I learned a lot despite having lived in Manchester since 1999 and having spent a few years at the university. I have to bring my boys as well one day as I think they would enjoy is. My daughter certainly did.
We are delighted to be launching a new walks programme in conjunction with the great people from Great Days (of Altrincham) on Saturdays this summer, starting on Saturday 25 May.
In the morning at 11am we will be running our ever-popular music tour – Manchester Music: The Hacienda Years. In the afternoon at 2.30pm it’s “Secrets of the Northern Quarter”.
One piece of authentic Roman masonry survives in its original position in Manchester. It is a block of stone, about a foot high and a few wide, dating from around the year 200, which can be found turning left at the end of Collier Street under Arch 95 of the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway. How it has survived is a miracle,
5. Manchester under the Saxons and Vikings
Object: Angel Stone
Location: Manchester Cathedral
Year: c. 700
We don’t have much evidence of Saxon or Viking Manchester. Records weren’t kept, as nobody thought this obscure tract of land, Manigceastre, cut off from the important towns on the eastern side of the country, such as York, to be important.
How far back should we trace the rivalry between Manchester and our formidable cousin, 35 miles west down the Mersey? In the year 1207 King John issued letters patent proclaiming the establishment of a new borough, “Livpul”, and inviting people to settle there. At that time Manchester was a minor player, a village of no renown. Lancashire itself was considered isolated and unimportant, the major routes from London heading east to York and then on to Edinburgh. Liverpool moved ahead of Manchester in mediaeval times because of its status as a port for British trade. Manchester caught up and overtook Liverpool during the early years of the Industrial Revolution, only for Liverpool to respond by becoming one of the world’s major transatlantic ports.
How wonderful that Alan Turing, a man vilified in his lifetime by the establishment and unknown to the public on account of the secrecy surrounding his war work, has just been named the BBC’s Icon of the 20th century. Noting that the BBC’s own website on the subject wrongly claims that Alan Turing invented the computer, here’s the ideal opportunity to learn the true story…on our tour.
Next tours from the Manchester Museum Reception:
* Sat 23 Mar, 11.30am.
* Easter Monday 22 Apr, 12 noon.
* Sun 12 May, 12 noon.
Ed Glinert, the only Manchester tour guide who has worked with Mike Leigh and the great radical activist Paul Foot, has been talking, walking, reading, thinking, sleeping, writing about Peterloo, giving guided tours about Peterloo, giving lectures about Peterloo, for more than 30 years.
Next up, two new Peterloo tours on Sunday 18 November. See the film and then discover all the bits Mike Leigh left out! The first, “Before Peterloo”, at 11.30am from Central Library. And then, can you believe, at 2pm, “After Peterloo”, also from Central Library.
Ed Glinert has rooted out an astonishing array of stories connected with one of the defining events in English political history.
You’ve made a great choice, logging on to New Manchester Walks, the website of the city’s group of professional tour guides. We have crafted a unique body of walks, talks and tours covering every aspect of history in and around Manchester, the world’s first industrial city – the industrial strength city.
We run a regular programme of public walks (details on this website) and have devised bespoke tours on every subject imaginable – history, art, music, architecture, football, politics…
Here is a sample of some of our hundred-plus tours: