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Manchester Town Hall Tour

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 “Please thank the guide today for a most enjoyable tour.”

It’s wonderful when a customer sends an e-mail with the above praise. And that’s exactly what happened after Sue Grimditch’s Town Hall tour on Tuesday 7 January 2014.

So for a fully detailed, definitive, de-luxe Manchester Town Hall tour, this is the only option.

* Meet Midland Hotel, Peter Street.

* Tuesdays at 11am, Sundays at 2.30pm.
* Alas, no tours until 18 March due to various events being on in the building. At other times we cannot always guarantee unlimited access. Please check website before setting off.

Tue 18 Mar                 Sun 23 Mar
Tue 25 Mar                 Sun 30 Mar

Tue 1 Apr                    Sun 6 Apr
Tue 8 Apr                    Sun 13 Apr
Tue 15 Apr                  Sun 20 Apr
Tue 22 Apr                  Sun 27 Apr
Tue 29 Apr

…and on into the summer.

Please read on…the story so far
Manchester’s municipal palace in all its grand Gothic glory comes alive with a tour devised by Ed Glinert, author of “The Manchester Compendium”.

New Manchester Walks’s Town Hall tour takes in everything: the glorious Gothic architecture, detailed analysis of the Ford Madox Brown Murals, the statues, the building’s religious symbolism, portraits, politics – even the prison cell: from Ouroboros, the animal that guards the entrance, to the plans to demolish the building; from the explanation of the Order of the Garter crest to the creation of the atom bomb.

The tour has been devised by Ed Glinert and no one knows the building better. Glinert is the only Manchester tour guide who has been there during all the great Town Hall events of the last 30 years…from the palace coup of 1984 when the position of Lord Mayor was abolished to the opening of the Sculpture Hall Cafe and the carving of the last Freeman of Manchester award.

If you want to understand Manchester Town Hall, be guided around by New Manchester Walks.

Meet: outside the Midland Hotel steps, Peter Street.
Cost: £6. (£7 from the summer leaflet. Concessions will remain at £6).
Do I need to book? Because of the huge popularity of our Town Hall tour, the building managers have now kindly asked us to limit the numbers to 25 per tour. So we would be grateful if you could let us know you intend coming by dropping us an e-mail at
* If you have a large group, that’s no problem. But please let us know, so we get on a second guide!
Bring: Expectations of being overawed and amazed.
End: Closely examining the famous Ford Madox Brown Murals or supping in the sumptuous Sculpture Hall cafe (evening tours excepted).

• Our Town Hall Tour guides are Ed Glinert, John Alker, Sue Grimditch and Steve Bourne. All have worked hard on creating the finest Town Hall tour known to mankind.