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Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. Now you can discover much of that history from the top deck of a bus.
The green Sightseeing Manchester hop-on, hop-off open top bus tour takes you on a 90-minute trip around the Manchester city centre and the modern waterfront developments at Salford Quays. There are 15 stops, with the route carefully planned to take you round some of Manchester's key sights.
KEY SIGHTS INCLUDE:
Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase on the bus (or on the date chosen if bought online). There's a recorded tour commentary in English. For a tour guide in other languages you can download a free app from the App Store and Google Play.
TIMINGS AND PRICES
Tour operates daily. Times and frequencies vary. The main starting point is Albert Square near Manchester Town Hall, but you can get on and get off at any of the 15 stops. Full details at timetable at http://www.sightseeingmanchester.com/
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This tour runs daily at 11am, includes: the Central Library; Midland Hotel; Friends Meeting House; The 'Hidden Gem' Church; Manchester's secret passages; St Ann's Church; Royal Exchange (Manchester's main cotton exchange and now a theatre); Shambles Square; Chetham's School of Music; Victoria Station.
Starts: By the entrance to Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square and ends at Victoria Station.
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
Note: The tour route may vary depending on circumstances.Find out more Book now
Discover more of Manchester's history on board the 'Waxi', Manchester's unique water taxi.
The bright yellow boat seats 11 people and links Spinningfields in central Manchester with Salford Quays, Greater Manchester's exciting waterfront destination.
During the 20-minute journey along the River Irwell and the historic Manchester Ship Canal you'll see the striking Trinity Bridge, George Stephenson's 1830 railway bridge and the old Granada TV Studios (once home to the TV programme Coronation Street). You'll also see Pomona Locks, Ordsall Hall and Old Trafford Football Ground, home to Manchester United.
At Salford Quays the 'Waxi' drops off and picks up at MediaCityUK, home to the BBC and ITV in the north of England. It's a short walk to the Imperial War Museum North, and to The Lowry, a theatre, shopping and arts hub with the L.S. Lowry Gallery, cafes, restaurants, bars and many designer shops.
Salford Quays & MediaCityUK: Take time to explore Salford Quays. FREE admission to the famous L.S. Lowry Art Gallery and the Imperial War Museum North. Admire the glass and steel buildings of MediaCityUK, home to the BBC and ITV in the north of England. Enjoy great shopping and a wide choice of restaurants and designer shops in the Lowry Outlet Mall.
Departure and boarding points
Departs Manchester Spinningfields (Marriott V&A Hotel) to Salford Quays MediaCityUK (The Alchemist Bar) on an hourly basis (for times, please check timetable).
Note: the timings above are a guide but actual service may change depending on operational requirements. Additional departures may operate at peak times.Find out more Book now
This tour operates at 2pm every Saturday and includes*: the Britannia Hotel (the city's most spectacular cotton warehouse), Chinatown, Art Gallery & Athenaeum, Central Library, Midland Hotel, the site of the Peterloo Massacre, Free Trade Hall, John Rylands Library, Abraham Lincoln Statue, The 'Hidden Gem' Church, Manchester Town Hall.
Starts at Manchester Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Gardens, ending at Town Hall Sculpture Hall cafè.
Duration: 2 hours (approx)
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A fascinating tour whether you are a fan of ale or not! Learn about the science & technical information behind the brewing process and about how Robinsons Brewery selects the ingredients to produce their award winning ales. Robinsons Brewery having been brewing since 1838, the best known ales being Trooper, Old Tom, Unicorn and Dizzy Blonde. Learn about the secrets of their brewing process and get an insight into how their equipment has changed over the last 178 years. The informative guides will educate and entertain you on your journey and they are more than happy to answer your questions. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet Hopnik, Wizard and Bobek, the fabulous Shire horses. At the end of your tour you’ll get chance to taste the beer for yourself in the Unicorn Bar. For an extra special visit, why not upgrade and include lunch and a free gift?
Tours are available Tuesday to Saturday at 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm. Sunday 11.30am & 1.30pm.
A tour will typically take between 60 - 75 minutes, followed by beer sampling.
How to get to Stockport
Trains run regularly between Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport (Journey approx 10 minutes). It takes 25-30 minutes to drive to Stockport from Manchester city centre.
Accessibility: Please be aware that the Brewery Tour is around a working traditional tower brewery and as such involves steep stairways and some narrow walkways. Unfortunately, the Brewery Tour is not Wheelchair assessable. Induction Loops are available, Please ask at the front reception and switch Hearing Aids to the ‘T’ position to use this facility. Please wear suitable shoes (avoid open toe shoes, heels and flip flops)
This tour is only suitable for over 18's, Please bring I.D.
*Please note that the Shire Horses are often attending events, therefore we can't guarantee that you will meet the horses.Find out more Book now
Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sport teams in the world. Since its formation in 1878 the club has won 64 trophies.
At the heart of all of this is Old Trafford stadium, one of the world's best known sports venues and the largest football club stadium in the UK. The Manchester United 'Museum & Tour' gives you a unique opportunity to discover the story of the club, and to see inside the spectacular 76,000-seat stadium.
The museum blends historical exhibits with state-of-the-art interactive experiences. Discover the stories of the many famous players including Duncan Edwards, Bobby Charlton, George Best, Denis Law, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney. Find out about the many remarkable managers including Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, and have your photo taken with the trophies. The stadium tour lasts for 80 minutes and includes the players' dressing room, and the chance to emerge from the players' tunnel into the "Theatre of Dreams". Whether you're a lover of the "beautiful game" or not, this is a classic 'Manchester' experience not to be missed.
When booking the Gold Package - you will take the tour first.
5 ways to get to Old Trafford:
Bookings through this website are on an enquiry basis - Manchester United Stadium Tours will email you to confirm your time slot shortly after your enquiry is made.
Tours run daily* from 9.40am to 4.30pm (3.30pm on Sunday).
* except match days. The tour is subject to changes at short notice depending on operational requirements.Find out more Book now
An opportunity to visit the Etihad Stadium, the spectacular home of Manchester City Football Club. Originally built for the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, this magnificent state-of-the-art sporting arena is now home to one of the world's fastest growing football clubs.
Manchester City is a football club that has its roots firmly in the local community, and it is that unique history and heritage (on display throughout the stadium), combined with the modern architecture and facilities, that makes this a tour not to be missed!
(approx 90 minutes)
(approx 120 minutes)
Combine a tour of the stadium with a trip to player’ state of the art training facilities!
How to get to the Etihad Stadium
The Etihad Stadium is in east Manchester. Take the Metrolink tram to 'Etihad Campus' station or a taxi (10 minutes from Piccadilly).
Tours run daily from 10am to 4pm* (Tour times may vary depending on the time of year)
*Except match days. The tour is subject to change at short notice depending on operational requirements.
Hear the stories, songs and see the sights as you travel aboard our music bus on a great 3-hour journey discovering Manchester’s famous music history through the 70s, 80s and 90s. Hear how Manchester’s unique sound shaped the world’s music scene as your pass through the city, suburbs, and local streets where the musicians lived, bands were born and the songs were written.
The tour begins in central Manchester where you see the legendary music studios, clubs and venues including the Free Trade Hall, Factory Records HQ, the Ritz Ballroom, the Hacienda, the Boardwalk. Next you travel out of the city into the suburbs to discover legendary locations including, Salford Lads’ Club (Smiths), 384 Kings Road (Smiths), Chorlton (Bee Gees), The Cemetery Gates (Smiths), Tony Wilson’s former office, Sifters Record Shop (Oasis), Burnage (Oasis), Strawberry Studios (10CC), Stockport (Joy Division and New Order), Rusholme (Eddie Cochran) and Church of the Holy Name (Smiths). Finally, back into Manchester, Band on the Wall music venue. The tour ends at Manchester’s The Hard Rock Cafe.
TIMINGS AND PRICES
The tour departs at 11 am from Albert Square on the following dates:
Discover the city’s secrets and hidden gems with our experienced and knowledgeable Blue & Green Badge tour guides. Have a private introduction walking tour of our city, most tours can be customised to suit your interests but here are three of our most popular tours.
Let your own private guide take you on a walking tour of all the major highlights of Manchester such as the Town Hall, John Rylands Library, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester’s secret passages, Shambles Square and Manchester Cathedral. The tour content and route can be entirely flexible to suit you. The essential Manchester walk for visitors and locals!
OLD PUBS OF MANCHESTER
The British love beer and Manchester has some fabulous old fashioned pubs, all with their own stories to tell. Learn how iconic breweries of the past have left their mark here. A walking tour around some of these pubs will also lead you to a discovery of the city and its inhabitants past and present … as the locals know it.
MANCHESTER MUSIC TOUR
Discover Manchester’s famous music history and hear how Manchester’s unique sound shaped the worlds music scene as through the 70s, 80s and 90s with iconic bands such as The Hollies, Joy Division, New Order, Buzzcocks, The Smiths and Oasis. Plus the great bands who visited Manchester including, the Beatles, Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan’s famous ‘Judas’ performance. See the cities venues and local streets where the musicians lived, bands were born and the songs written including the Freetrade Hall, Palace Theatre, Factory Records HQ, Ritz Ballroom, Hacienda, the Boardwalk and the Congregational Chapel
The tour content and route can be entirely flexible to suit you. Have a particular interest? Just let us know and we can adapt. Walking tours can depart at your preferred time from most central Manchester hotel reception areas.
Other interesting Manchester theme tours:
£130 per group/ guide (min. 1 - max. 25 people)
Tour Duration: 2 hours
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MANCHESTER UNITED MATCH DAY CRUISES
The ultimate alternative for Match day travel to Old Trafford, without the hassle of traffic and parking. The Princess Katherine picks you up 1 hour before from ‘Ralli Quay’ opposite Spinningfields in Manchester’s city centre and drops you off five minutes’ walk of Old Trafford. The journey takes just half an hour, enough time to relax with a cold beer or two from the fully stocked bar before you get to the game. At the end of the match the Princess Katherine leaves from Trafford Wharf 20 minutes after the final whistle. See our website for dates, Match tickets not included.
The Princess Katherine: A modern sightseeing boat with indoor and outdoor seating for 90 persons. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic refreshments are available onboard. Not suitable for disabled and wheelchair users.
DEPARTURE AND BOARDING POINTS
Departure time is 1 hour before kick off from Ralli Quay which is in front of the VAT building on Stanley Street. At the end of the match the Princess Katherine leaves from Trafford Wharf 20 minutes after the final whistle. The boat will leave promptly to make sure we arrive back to make your train connections.
Ralli Quay boarding point: City centre boarding point, opposite the vibrant Spinningfields development. 3 Stanley St, Salford M60 9HL
Tickets to the match are not included.Find out more Book now
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