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A new tour, perfect for groups! Around Manchester in 80 Minutes

Perfect for groups! Book Ed Glinert, Manchester’s most prolific tour guide and author of Penguin’s legendary Manchester Compendium, on a whistle-stop expert tour of the world’s great industrial city. This is a quick-fire run-down of all the great Manchester sights and sites, with all the most mesmerising and memorable stories. Here’s the route and set-list.
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Most Manchester guides have stopped working: we are working harder than ever!

We wish you the season’s greetings and the best of health, and look forward to seeing you in the new year whether you be furloughed, locked down or locked up.
Many Manchester guides have given up. We haven’t!
We are starting the year with The Masterpieces of Manchester on Tue 4 Jan (Central Library, 11.30am), Southern Cemetery Wed 5 Jan (main gates, 11.30am), the Pankhursts Sat 8 (Emmeline statue, 11.30am), Manchester Music Sat 8 (HOME, 2pm) and Angel Meadow Sun 9 Jan (Victoria Station wallmap, 11.30am).
Yes, they’re free to registerfor, but as we’re not paid by the council, the tourist board, a multi-national company, or indeed anyone, we hope you can part with a few shekels at the end and throw them into the guide’s hat!
—Ed Glinert—
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Calling schools! We are the only group of Manchester guides who can enrich students on all things Manchester: the Pankhursts, Peterloo, cotton, architecture, art, the industrial revolution…

We’ve been taking more and more groups on educational walking tours, covering all aspects of Manchester history.

We do Liverpool as well!

Please e-mail for a great day out for your class.

When Glinert gave a talk on Alan Turing at Manchester Library a few years ago one mother wrote to say it was the best lesson (of sorts) she’d heard and asked her mum why can’t school be more like that?

Well, that’s because Ed Glinert is the most entertaining speaker in the area, giving talks to a variety of clubs, societies and organisations, on cruise ships and to the Arts Society. That’s it.
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* The following article is now featured on the ILoveMcr website.
* New Manchester Walks’s architecture tours are the only expert architecture tours taking place in the city. They have been devised by RIBA judge Ed Glinert, aided as always by John Alker. A new date for the next tour will be announced soon as it is possible to do so. In the meantime, here is a wonderful story explaining why Manchester Central Library is modelled on Rome’s Pantheon.


You may have noticed that Manchester’s Central Library looks like The Pantheon of Rome. It is so strikingly obvious. But it begs the question why?
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Could you join us to deliver a Manchester Music tour on Saturday afternoons?

We are working with various guiding bodies to offer a FREE (with tips) Manchester music walking tour focussing on the Hacienda Years every Saturday afternoon. The only problem is, we don’t have the guides.

We are looking for a small squad of guides. You don’t have to go on a course to get a coloured badge, but you do have to know your Manchester music history inside out, you do have to have a reasonable knowledge of modern music outside Manchester, you do need to know the difference between “Do The Du” and Husker Du, you do have to play the right sounds at the right location, you do have to be presentable, personable and entertaining, and yes, we will test you!

If you can get past our GCHQ-styled test, then you can earn a wodge by walking “through the city limits”, taking folk from the Hacienda (as was) to the Ritz (as is); from Tony Wilson’s city centre pad to the Lesser Free Trade Hall (well, almost the same spot). The better you perform, the more dosh you will trouser in tips. Simples! And if we get the guides, Visit Manchester will give us a big promo.
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Book an expert tour of Manchester and beyond with our official guides, as we continue to open up Manchester history

Our purpose as tour guides is to open up Manchester history with entertaining, expert, enlightening tours. Our tours are different from the traditional blue badge fayre. For instance we won’t tell you that Rolls and Royce met at the Midland Hotel (they didn’t), we won’t talk about the “three rivers” of Manchester (there are four), we won’t claim that George Orwell called Manchester “the belly and guts of the nation” (he never did), or that the pillar box on Corporation Street is the one that survived the 1996 bomb (it isn’t). The reason why we have to open up Manchester history is because a number of local Blue Badge guides have spent the last 25 years idiotically censoring it!  

You want to get to know Manchester better. Of course you do! It’s the world’s first industrial city (quiet, Birmingham), Britain’s second city (quiet, Birmingham)…
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Ed Glinert will be giving a talk at the Portico Library in the evening of Thursday the 28th of October to mark the 200th anniversary of Thomas de Quincey’s “Confessions of An English Opium-Eater, the first major work of English literature to feature Manchester at length.
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Looking for a witty, entertaining, expert speaker? Ed Glinert, cruise ships speaker and Arts Society lecturer, can offer a hundred talks covering a huge range of subjects

Book Ed Glinert, cruise ships speaker and newly accredited Arts Society lecturer, for your society, U3A, Probus, WI…to give an enthralling talk on all things Manchester, Liverpool, London, whether it be art, architecture or Alan Turing, the Pankhursts, Marx & Engels, the Manchester Docks, Secrets of MI5 and MI6, Underground Manchester, Underground London, How They Built the Atom Bomb, Royal Scandal Down the Ages, and many more.

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