Art, culture, music, football and industry... discover the rich cultural heritage of Manchester, from the Roman era to the avant-garde present. What's more it's FREE!
We meet at Picadilly Gardens in the centre of the city, to begin our free tour of Manchester, the city which birthed the industrial revolution. Just around the corner, we'll take a look round the third largest Chinatown in Europe, including the spectacular Chinese pagoda-style gate: a majestic oriental monument in the heart of Manchester!
Having discovered the mix of cultures which Chinatown represents, we'll we'll contnue to examine the inclusive character of the city, walking through the gay village: one of the most famous gay neighbourhoods in Britain. Here too we'll see the statue in honour of Alan Turing, a gay icon, codebreaker and computing pioneer who helped create the "Manchester Mark 1" when working at the University of Manchester: one of the first computers as we would recognise them today.
During this free tour we'll also admire the rich architecture of the city: the classical style of the Royal Exchange, a key site in the evolution of the cotton trade, the majestic neo-gothic Town Hall and the medieval cathedral, which although small is no less enchanting for all that.
We'll head back in time to the beginnings of the city itself, visiting Castlefield, the old Roman settlement where we can see the archaeological remains of a small fort and a granary.
The tour also takes in one of the jewels of neo-gothic architecture: the John Rylands Library, inaugurated in 1899 contains many rare and ancient books, and its spectacular vaulted ceilings and musty air are torn straight from the pages of Harry Potter. Having admired its facade we make our way down Deansgate, to the National Football Museum, next to Victoria Train Station, to learn a little about one of the most famous football teams in the world: Manchester United.
You decide the price!
Our guides work exclusively for the tips recieved: at the end of the tour you decide the price the service deserves according to your level of satisfaction.
- It is not possible to take the Manchester free tour if you are a group of more than 6 people.
- Children should come accompanied by an adult. The maximum number of children permitted per adult is three.
- The tour does not enter any of the monuments and attractions mentioned, visiting instead the exterior.
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Free English Language Tour
Children under 12Free
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking expert guide.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Picadilly Gardens, Outside the Manchester Visitor Information Centre.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.