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Secret History of Manchester

Next Tour: Saturday 4 July, 11.30am.
Meet: TfGM Travelshop, Piccadilly Gardens.
Booking: Please Press here to book with eventbrite.


You think you know Manchester? Well, no one knows it like Ed Glinert, who has spent 40 years unturning every last (Gothic) stone in the city, uncovering layer upon layer of other histories, lesser-known stories, the secret side of the city to create the ultimate “believe it or not”.

* Did you know there was a nuclear bunker under Piccadilly Gardens with a branch leading to the Town Hall?
* That L. S. Lowry was a secret sadist.
* Did you know there were race riots in the city during the Second World War thanks to an invading army.
* Do you think the pillar box that survived the 1996 IRA bomb is the one on Corporation Street?
* Did you know the council voted to demolish the Town Hall?
* Do you know how many secret service agents are in the Midland Hotel right now planting bugs?

It’s the Manchester that nobody knows…apart from Glinert and you after you’ve been on this tour!


Girl with Bow c1973

IRA Bomb 1

Here’s something else you didn’t know (we hope). During the Second World War the Government requisitioned a well-known building in Manchester city centre to be a secret regional HQ, to take over the running of not just Manchester but the entire North-West should Nazi invasion look imminent.

It was kitted out with the most sophisticated communications equipment, food and beds. Winston Churchill, prime minister, even kipped there one night to show how safe it was. But of course it was never needed. Where is it? Ah…

This is a trip into the deepest historical secrets of Manchester. Sites, streets, spaces that you’ve walked past a thousand times will never look the same again. The tour is conducted by Ed Glinert who knows Manchester better than anyone and knows the things that nobody else (apart from the people who told him) knows.