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4 May 1904: 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, Penguin author and prolific Manchester tour guide, 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. Tickets for 4 June sold out. Our winter and spring dates were all sold out. 50 people booked on the 21 May tour. 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…

• Sun 30 July, 2.30pm. Cream tea & tour. Tickets on sale with eventbrite. Click here.
• Sun 30 July, 4pm. Tour only. Tickets on sale with eventbrite. Click here.
• Sun 20 August, 2.30pm. Cream tea & tour. Tickets on sale with eventbrite. Click here.
• Sun 20 August, 4pm. Tour only. Tickets on sale with eventbrite. Click here.
• Sun 24 Sep, 2.30pm. Cream tea & tour. Tickets on sale with eventbrite.
• Sun 24 Sep, 2.30pm. Tour only. Tickets on sale with eventbrite. Click here.
• Meet outside the hotel on Peter Street.
• Ideal for private tours for groups of around 20 people.

Ed Glinert and co have been campaigning for eight years to be allowed to take people on detailed tours of this magnificent building and now we can what an amazing run of stories we’ve unearthed.

The Midland is Manchester’s most famous hotel, built on the site of the house from where the magistrates sent the troops into the Peterloo Massacre, and the site of the concert hall where Chopin was slow-hand-clapped.
• It’s where Rolls is believed to have met Royce.
• It’s where Churchill scoffed 16 oysters and a bottle of champagne – and that was before dinner.
• It’s where Hitler kept the bombing planes away from so that it could be the Nazis’ North-west home once they had invaded.
• It’s where George Harrison was refused admission because he wasn’t wearing a tie.
• It’s where the great and good – Derek Jacobi, Princess Anne, Martin O’Neill, Nigel Havers, Ed Miliband(!), Dave – stay when they come to Manchester.

Now hear the history, soak in the sleek style and lounge in its luxurious locations. What a great way of spending two hours or so!