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Salford Cathedral

Next tour: no dates yet. On this tour we start in Manchester and rundown a potted history of Manchester Cathedral before crossing the Irwell into the great northern city of Salford. On the north bank of the Irwell the centre of old Salford boasts a similarly proud religious history. Standing supreme with an elegant tower …
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The Grand Hotels of Manchester (Beetham, St John’s, Radisson, Midland…Grand Pearl (!)

This tour: Saturday 22 August 2020, 11.30am. Meet TfGM travelshop, Piccadilly Gardens. Forget lastminute.com, please book with eventbrite. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. End with tea at the Radisson or Midland or Great John Street…when they re-open! This tour is ideal for private groups. “It’s candlelight and chandelier/It’s silver plate and crystal clear/The nights we …
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Russiaи Maиchester – Behiиd the Iroиic Curtaiи

Next tour: Nyet dates yet. Meet: Victoria Station wallmap, time tbc. Stravinsky conducted in Manchester; Joe Sunlight built here. Yuri Gagarin posed outside the Town Hall after walking above here (in space). There’s a myth that the Communist Manifesto was researched here, but we’ll get round that. And the city council has a friendship agreement with St …
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Roman Manchester

Next tour: Sunday 9 February 2020. Meet: Deansgate Entrance, Beetham Tower, 12 noon. What you need to know: Please bring typical Roman lunch: snails fattened on milk, peacocks’ brains and flamingos’ tongues. What you need to remember: Sic Transit Omnibus Superbus. Cost: 11 obols. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbritus. *** * Stop Press. …
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Italian Manchester – Arrivederci Croma

Next tour: No public dates yet.  Meet: Central Library, St Peter’s Square, time tbc. Booking: Just turn up. It’s been 150 years since Il Risorgimento brought ice-cream and Venetian vistas to Manchester. The city welcomed huge numbers of Italians in the mid-19th century. They came as farmers and rustics but they found work in the mills and …
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The Dark Side of Manchester

Next tour: * Date: Friday 2 October 2020, 5.30pm. * Meet: Central Library, St Peter’s Square. * Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. Forget Jack the Ripper and the dark corners of the East End, Manchester is gloomier, seedier and more atmospheric. It is also the setting for some really nasty stories which …
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Jewish Manchester

Next tours: Jewish Manchester (City Centre Trail) Next tour: Fri 21 August 2020, 11.30am. Meet: TfGM Travelshop Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. The Old Jewish Ghetto (Cheetham Hill Trail): Next tour: Fri 21 August 2020, 2.30pm. Meet: Victoria Station wallmap. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. Here’s the full S.P. The …
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Victorian Manchester (Hell Is A City)

Next tour: Thu 29 Sep 2016. Meet: Oxford Road station, 11am. Rivers clogged with excrement and decomposing bodies. Rampant crime. Factories vomiting toxic plumes and changing the colour of the horizon for miles around. Is this Manchester today? Not quite. People came from afar to gasp at the horrors of Manchester, the world’s first industrial …
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Victorian Manchester

Next tours: No dates yet. Ideal for school groups (A Level). Part 1: “The Glories”. Part 2: “The Horrors”. Victorian Manchester, The Glories: Gothic grandeur, democracy, free trade, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, education, full employment, war over. Victorian Manchester, The Horrors: Cholera, chimneys, tripe, riots, poverty, squalor, slums and mill fever. Rivers clogged with excrement and decomposing bodies. Rampant …
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Manchester Tourist Trail

Book a Private Tour. Meet: Visitor Centre, Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square. What can we tell you? New to the city or just looking to be refreshed at parts you’ve reached before? This is the ideal walk, for this is Manchester; a taster, a teaser, a trip through town. It’s a best of everything, taking in the old and the …
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