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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.
Sometimes we cannot guarantee unlimited access. Please check website before setting off.


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 carving of some of the last Freeman of Manchester awards on the council chamber wall.

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

Meet: outside the Midland Hotel steps, Peter Street.
Cost: £7 (£6 concessions).
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.