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Royal Manchester – Aethelred Unready, Victoria Not Amused

Next walk: no dates yet. Queen Elizabeth II may well have opened Metrolink in 1992 but it wasn’t always so easy to get a royal to go to Manchester. The town simply wasn’t important enough for such luminaries as William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionheart or Elizabeth I to stage a royal visit. Sure Bonnie …
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Mediaeval Manchester – Ale-Conners & Groat-Smashers, Cloisters & Choirs

Next tour: Wed 21 October 2020, 11.30am. Meet: Shudehill Metrolink stop Booking: Hear ye, hear ye, book here with ye eventbrite. The first settled community in Manchester was based in what is now Castlefield where the Romans built the first of four forts in AD 79. After the last fort was abandoned in the 5th …
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Manchester Uncovered – The Big Sights, Main Sites, Bright Lights

  We will take you around the main sights of the city: from Chinatown and the Town Hall to the Art Gallery, Free Trade Hall and John Ryland’s Library. This is the perfect wander around the capital of the North.

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Manchester in the Days of Newspapers

Next tour: Wed 27 September 2017. Meet: Outside the Press Club, Queen Street, off Deansgate, 1.30pm. Manchester was once a great press city. The Northern editions of all the dailies were produced locally, and here was based the greatest of all papers: The Manchester Guardian.  The Manchester Guardian was founded in 1821 with a morally …
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Hitler’s Plans for Manchester

SS GB Manchester – Hitler’s Plans for the City. Next walking tour: Sunday 27 June 2021, 11am.    Meet: Victoria Station wallmap. Booking: Please press here to book with Eventbrite. The second world war began in September 1939 but for months nothing much happened. It became known as the Phoney War. After the surrender of France …
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Hidden Gems of Manchester

Next tour is on Zoom: Tuesday 9 March 2021, 11am. Meet: On your computer! Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. A remarkable tour of concealed city sites you always wanted to see and now you can due to the ingenuity of Zoom. * The Portico Library with its gorgeous dome and bibliophic reading …
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Georgian Manchester

Next tour: No dates yet. Meet: Art Gallery, Mosley Street, time tbc. To book a private tour: Please contact New Manchester Walks. As the mediaeval town grew into the world’s first industrial city, the fields and market gardens standing only a few minutes from the parish church were built over with jerry-built slums and workshops. …
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Gangland Manchester – “You’re Nicked, Sunshine!”

Next tour: No more dates until that slag – he knows who he is – is released from the slammer. Okay, Sat 10 November 2018. Meet at… the nick on Newton Street by 12 noon. Booking: Book here with eventbrite or we’ll send someone round. Guide: One of our finest, who fought the law…until the law won. Bring: …
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Edwardian Manchester

Next tour: No dates yet. Meet: outside Oxford Road station, time tbc. 1901-10: Britain was at its height as an imperial and commercial power, and Manchester was its industrial capital, a city buzzing with cotton trading and machine-making, lined with Baroque banks, Italianate warehouses, grand civic buildings and millions of moustachioed merchants, their top hats …
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American Manchester

Next tour: 4th of July surprisingly.  Meet: tbc. Booking: Just turn up y’all and pay the dude. “The King said he’s gonna put a tax on tea/That’s why y’all Americans drink coffee.” Which king? And what’s the link between him, America and Manchester? We will be walking in the footsteps of Kennedy (Joe) & Lincoln; …
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