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Midland Hotel, Manchester – The Full tour on Zoom

The next tour is on Zoom, the full tour – every story, every nook, every cranny, every celeb. Date: Monday 24 May 2021, 8pm. Meet: On your computer! Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. Cost: £8.50 * What an opportunity this is, given that you can’t tour the Midland Hotel in person because …
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Central Library

Treasures of the Manchester Libraries Meet: At the entrance of John Rylands Library, Deansgate. Date: Thursday 19 March 2020, 2.30pm. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. An unmissable opportunity to gaze in awe at literary rarities and first editions including the oldest piece of the New Testament in existence, first folios of Shakespeare, …
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The Manchester Town Hall Story, From A-Z

To highlight our ever-popular Town Hall tours (11am, every Tuesday, 2.30pm Sundays plus some evenings…meeting at the Midland Hotel…details as of summer 2014), here’s an alphabetical taster… A …is for Alfred Waterhouse Alfred Waterhouse won the commission to design Manchester Town Hall, which was built between 1868 and 1877. He beat off over 130 competitors including …
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St Ann’s Church

For now we feature St Ann’s on tours such as: * Jewish Manchester. * The Great Art Treasures of Manchester. * Manchester’s Religious Shrines. *** Wealthy worshippers in the 18th century, unhappy with the High Church nature of the services at what is now the Cathedral, decided to build a new church in what had …
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Gorton Monastery – Talks and Tours

      Ed Glinert is back at Gorton Monastery delivering talks. Please see Monastery website. To book, please contact the Monastery on 0161 223 3211 Gorton was once the workshop of the world. Here the first locomotives taking trains across South Africa, New Zealand and Palestine were built at Gorton Tank and Gorton Locomotive Works. …
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Town Hall Clock Tower Tours

Next tours: Sadly, for now the tours have had to be suspended due to repair work. The tower will probably re-open in 2023, and we don’t mean twenty-three minutes past eight. Duration: About 75 minutes. Do I need to be sprightly, fit and active? Yes. There are hundreds of steps! Meet: Just inside Manchester Town Hall’s Lloyd …
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Town Hall Murals

Next tour: 2024. Eventually … Ed Glinert or John Alker will unveil the stories behind these masterpieces, describing the background to each, explaining who sat for the main characters, relating just how much politics went into the choice of the stories chosen and bring the murals to life, inter-twining them with the history of the city …
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The Royal Exchange

* At the moment we are featuring the Royal Exchange as part of a double tour with the John Rylands Library. We also feature the building on our cotton history tours.  The Royal Exchange, a baroque palace that is now home to the revered Royal Exchange Theatre, was the parliament of the cotton lords, the centre for cotton …
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Radisson Edwardian Hotel/Free Trade Hall

Next tour: No public dates yet. Meet: outside Central Library, time tbc. Book a private tour! We have taken a huge number of private groups around the hotel (with the option of cream tea in the restaurant at the end). To find out more, please e-mail info@newmanchesterwalks.com. Here’s the story: The Radisson is one of only …
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Manchester Cathedral & Mediaeval Manchester

Next tour: Thursday 16 April 2020. Meet: Shudehill Metrolink stop, 11.30am. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. Hello to everyone who comes on our tours. We have a new system in place for tours of Chetham’s, Europe’s oldest library, the oldest library in the English-speaking world, founded 1653, and the most ancient and …
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