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Midland Hotel

Tour – sumptuous refreshments (optional) – one Sunday a month and weekdays on request. Here’s why.

Since time immemorial (well, around 1924) every tour guide, writer and journalist has told you that on 4 May 1904 Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce met at the Midland Hotel and decided to go into business together, as displayed at the entrance.

What a great event in Manchester history. 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 sell out fast. Such has been the demand to hear Ed Glinert & co. tell the real story of the hotel: entertaining, enlightening and expertly researched anecdotes about Winston Churchill, John Barbirolli, Michael Collins, Alex Ferguson, Albert Tatlock, the King of Afghanistan, George Best, Johnny Cash…


• Sun 14 October 2018, 2.30pm. Tea followed by tour.
Please book here with eventbrite.
• Sun 14 October 2018, 4pm. Tour only.
Please book here with eventbrite.

• Sun 11 November 2018, 2.30pm. Tea followed by tour.
Please book here with eventbrite.
• Sun 11 November 2018, 4pm. Tour only.
Booking will start very soon.

Tickets for future dates will go on sale as soon as we get the dates. E-mail us if you can’t wait that long and we will reserve you a place!

• For the tea please go to the tea room at the front left of the hotel.
• For the tour please meet by the hotel entrance on Peter Street.
• Book a private tour for your group! We catered for 60 very happy ladies from Wilmslow U3A recently.

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 didn’t actually meet 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!