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Walking Tours are back! Zooms continue as well. Booking on Eventbrite

Walks and Zooms! Zooms and Walks! Yes, life has opened up and no, we at New Manchester Walks have not joined the European Super League of tour guides, and no, Ed Woodward has not joined New Manchester Walks. Join us for an entertaining, expert, enlightening opening up of Manchester history. 

Next Walks
Sat 1 May, Marx & Engels in Manchester (on May Day), 10.30am, Engels statue, HOME.
Sun 2 May, On the Trail of L. S. Lowry, 2.30pm, TfGM Travelshop, Piccadilly Gardens.
Mon 3 May, Manchester Architecture Explored and Explained, 2pm from the Midland Hotel.
Wed 5 May, Sylvia Pankhurst Annual Birthday Celebration, 11am, from St Ann’s Church.
Mon 17 May, Southern Cemetery, 12 noon, from the main gates.

Next Zooms
Sun 25 Apr, Strangeways – On the Anniversary of the day the riot ended, 11am.
Sun 25 Apr, The Ford Madox Brown Murals at Manchester Town Hall. 2pm.

Sat 1 May, The Pre-Raphaelite Paintings at Manchester Art Gallery, 2pm.
Sun 2 May, The Story of the Liverpool Port and Docks, 11.30am.
Tue 4 May, Ten Manchester Inventions That Shook the World, 11am.
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The Midland Hotel has undergone huge refurbishment: join our Zoom tour, Mon 24 May, 8pm.

What an opportunity this is, given that you can’t tour the Midland Hotel in person because of Covid and building works, and even when you can go in on a tour you find half the rooms booked out for conferences and meetings, and the guide telling you nonsense like “this is where Rolls met Royce”.
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Underground Manchester is so popular because it’s so good! Next outing: Saturday 15 May, 2pm

Thank you everybody for making “Underground Manchester: The Full Tour on Zoom” so successful. Next tour: Wed 24 Feb, 7pm.

This is an ingenious tour devised by Ed Glinert and fellow guides who have spent far too long below the streets of the city but have come up for air long enough to host this tour.
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Guiding in Manchester – Frequently Asked Questions

Why are there two groups of guides? Surely you’re all just Manchester tour guides?
We are the official guides of Manchester, the only group of trained guides open to all guides, past present and future. Our group, New Manchester Walks, is run commercially. We believe in taking on new guides, opening up Manchester history, and providing entertaining and informative walks, talks and coach tours, not just in Manchester but beyond – in Liverpool, Knutsford, Haworth, London – using the best possible guides.
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Want to know about Manchester and the North-West? Ask our expert guides, book a tour or talk!

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), home of the world’s most famous football team (no, not Real Madrid, come on), the country’s best-loved TV soap (no, not Crossroads), birthplace of the heroic Emmeline Pankhurst, workplace of the equally heroic Alan Turing.
It is also home of the country’s first man-made canal, the world’s first passenger railway, the place that gave us glorious Gothic revival architecture, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, a powerful history of political protest and some of the most exciting music the world has ever heard. This is Manchester – THE industrial strength city. Want to get to know Manchester better? The only solution is to book one of our Zooms or walking tours. There is no alternative.
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2021 Walking Tours Gift Vouchers Buy On Eventbrite!

That’s your Christmas present sorted then: New Manchester Walks’ gift vouchers which can be redeemed on any tour. No time limit for use. Just make sure the tour is taking place before you set off from Stretford, Salford or Spitzbergen. To buy a gift voucher, please click “Continue reading” here to go to eventbrite.
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75 Years Since the Atom Bomb – the Manchester Connection

Here in Manchester, we’re appallingly served by the media. The country’s best magazines, such as The Spectator, are 99% London-oriented, while the Manchester Evening News is obsessed with celebrity nonsense, violence and tat. Anyone who wants to read something interesting, fascinating and eye-opening on Manchester has barely anywhere to go –apart from New Manchester Walks. I was hoping the new Mill would be receptive, but I’m not woke enough or young enough. Great stories are being missed.

Seventy-five years ago in August 1945 two atom bombs were dropped on Japan killing more than two hundred thousand people and bringing an apocalyptic end to the world war that had raged since September 1939. Although the bombs were planned and built in America, Manchester, more than most cities, played a crucial role in the entire story, from the…
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We can now offer 50 Zooms, covering a vast range of subjects: Art, Literature, Music, Politics, Science…and not just in Manchester

Here is New Manchester Walks’ programme of Zoom talk-tours in Manchester, Liverpool, London and around the world that you can book privately for your group. Yes, around the world. Why not?! We are a cosmopolitan company with expert guides stationed all over, taking advantage of this great format. We’re planning Underground Jerusalem soon!).

Alan Turing
Angel Meadow
Art and Life of L. S. Lowry
Beatles Magical Mystery Coach Tour
Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester
Formidable Women of Manchester
Liverpool’s Wonderful Waterfront
…and many many more
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The Beginners’ Guide to David Bowie (RIP, Five Years Since…)

Always wondered what the fuss was about with David Bowie (who sadly joined Major Tom five years ago today)? After all, some of those albums the critics push – Low, Heroes, The Lodger, Scary Monsters – turn out to be filled with nonsense. Come on; those instrumentals on the other side of Low, which no one plays. That’s Bowie taking your for a ride. But it wasn’t always that way…
10. Modern Love (Let’s Dance, 1983)
9. Be My Wife (Low, 1977)
8. This Is Not America (The Falcon and the Snowman, 1985)
7. Letter to Hermione (David Bowie, 1969)
6. Win (Young Americans, 1975)
5. Stay (Station to Station, 1976)
4. Little Wonder (Earthling, 1997)
3. An Occasional Dream (David Bowie, 1969)
2. Station to Station (Station to Station, 1976)
1. The Width of A Circle (The Man Who Sold the World, 1970)
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Blue Badge Tours & Green Badge Walking Tours of Manchester all year round

Hello everyone. We at New Manchester Walks host public tours most days of the year on a huge variety of subjects and topics. Indeed there is no walks outfit in the country offering such a programme! All of our tours can be booked privately as well. We are operating a full timetable because we want to bring hope, optimism and enjoyment into people’s lives.

Because many people are not coming out at the moment, we are making the effort to go and meet you – via the wonders of Zoom. It’s amazingly easy and it means you can enjoy a tour of say Ancoats or Manchester Town Hall from the comfort of your own laptop!

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