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The Grand Hotels of Manchester

17/07/2019 2:00 pm
17/07/2019 4:00 pm
Britannia Hotel
Portland Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M1 3LA

Next tour: Wednesday 17 July 2019, 2pm.
Meet by the Britannia Hotel, Portland Street.
Forget, please press here to book with eventbrite.
with cream tea at the Radisson or Midland or Great John Street…optional.
This tour is ideal for private groups!


Rolls and Royce did NOT meet at the Midland Hotel. If any tour guide tells you they did, they’ve not done their research properly. The cliched claim, visible on two plaques at the front of the hotel, comes from a throwaway remark that has been handed down through the generations till by wishful thinking it became “fact”.

No one challenged this canard until New Manchester Walks’s Ed Glinert (the tour guide and author who, incidentally, solved the Jack the Ripper mystery) did a bit of simple research, at which point the whole edifice tumbled down.

For some reason the Midland Hotel aren’t happy to hear this. Tough! They’re going to have to comply some time, as transport groups, historical societies and even Rolls Royce themselves are beginning to accept our findings.

Yes, we at New Manchester Walks like to tell you the accurate story, not the easy one. But don’t let that put you off your tea. Book onto our tour and then book afternoon tea at the Midland or Radisson.

On this tour we go to most of these
* The Midland where Rolls didn’t meet Royce!
* There’s the Britannia, once the city’s plushest cotton showroom.
* The Portland with its gorgeous Italianate architecture.
* The Mercure, which many still call by its original name, the Piccadilly, setting for that infamous Kray twins meeting.
* The long-gone Queen’s where the suffragettes met the prime minister, who refused to bow to their requests to give women the vote.
* The weirdly-named Doubletree by Hilton, so smart that it was okay for a few nights for Nick Clegg (who?)
* The Grand, of course, where in 1904 the FA quizzed players and officials from Manchester City about making illegal payments.
* The sumptuous Principal (the Palace in English) with its sublime terracotta effects.
and, of course,
* The 5-star Radisson built out of Manchester’s greatest building, the Free Trade Hall.

• We better hurry before we get stung for room service at each!

Midland Hotel

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