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Prices Between FREE to £12.00 Manchester Bus Tour 'Secrets of the City' Manchester Bus Tour ‘Secrets of the City’ with LIVE commentary and free souvenir booklet 90-minute premium bus tour every Saturday at 11:00 and 14:00 See the...

Manchester Bus Tour ‘Secrets of the City’ with LIVE commentary and free souvenir booklet

90-minute premium bus tour every Saturday at 11:00 and 14:00

See the most famous sights of Manchester and listen to unusual tales and curiosities as you travel through Manchester’s busy streets aboard the bus tour in Manchester.  You will discover the city’s heritage as the birthplace of new ideas, innovations and great inventions. The tour features over 100 facts and original tales of Manchester’s buildings, history, transport, technology, religion, science, Manchester music, food, education, football, industry, culture, literature and politics.  This is a unique tour not to be missed.  Book your place now!

“What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow” – Benjamin Disraeli, former Prime Minister

What’s included in your tour:

  • 90-minute Premium Manchester bus tour
  • Professional “Live” tour guide
  • Double Deck bus (no open top)
  • All weather service rain or shine!
  • Bus with heating and comfortable seats
  • Free souvenir guide and route map
  • Live commentary in English

Key Sights include:

  • Liverpool Road Station
  • Free Trade Hall
  • Midland Hotel
  • Central Library
  • Manchester Town Hall
  • Universities of Manchester
  • Pankhurst Centre
  • Chetham’s Library
  • Manchester Cathedral

(Also available for private group hire, please contact sightseeing@greatdays.co.uk for information)

Arriving By Car:     

Car parking is available at Water Street, M3 4JH (charges apply). From the car park it is a short walk up Liverpool Road to get to the departure point.

Arriving By Tram:   

The nearest Metrolink tram stop is Deansgate-Castlefield, which is a 10 minute walk away from the departure point

Arriving By Train:   

The nearest train station is Manchester Deansgate, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the departure point. If arriving at one of Manchester other  stations, you can take the Free Bus (route 2) connecting to Manchester Deansgate

Manchester Bus Tour ‘Secrets of the City’ bus tour will now be on a double-decker bus instead of a coach, as advertised in our brochure. This change has been made to improve the sightseeing experience.  The introductory offer of a free Manchester drink and snack has now ended. We will no longer be offering these refreshments on board the bus. We apologise for any inconvenience.*
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£10.00 Manchester Music Walking Tour 'The Hacienda Years' Manchester Music Walking Tour Relive the heady days of the Haçienda, when Manchester music was at its peak, on a walking tour of the city centre. Manchester is the...

Manchester Music Walking Tour

Relive the heady days of the Haçienda, when Manchester music was at its peak, on a walking tour of the city centre.

Manchester is the music city. A factory of song-making and stirring soundscapes courtesy of Joy Division, the Fall, New Order, Buzzcocks, Happy Mondays, John Cooper Clarke, the Stone Roses, The Smiths and the many other artists that have come from Manchester.

The legendary Haçienda was the focal point around which Manchester’s music phenomenon spun. Discover how the joint venture between Factory Records and New Order became the hippest nightclub in the world; chicer than the Copacabana, sexier than Studio 54, and cooler than the Cavern or Cream.

The tour begins in Tony Wilson Place, named after the influential record label impresario. See where the Haçienda once stood. Hear how Manchester came to dominate world music and the stories of the major players integral to Manchester’s music scene. Then see where modern Manchester music began in the summer of 1976, when the Sex Pistols played the ‘most influential gig of all time’ at the Free Trade Hall.

Upgrade your tour to include the 2-course Gold Menu with Jump the Queue Pass at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester

Choose from the Gold Menu (below). Includes a drink.

Choice of Main Course:

  • Legendary Burger
  • Veggie Burger
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Twisted Mac, Chicken and Cheese Pasta
  • Chicken Caesar Salad

Dessert:

  • Lil Brownie

Choice of One Beverage:

  • Soft drink, coffee or tea

Timing

Every Saturday at 11:00

Meeting Point

Outside HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street (M15 4FN)

Duration

2 hours

Price

£10 per person

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£10.00 The Secrets of the Northern Quarter Walking Tour Northern Quarter Walking Tour Explore Manchester’s hippest district The Northern Quarter is the beating heart of Manchester’s thriving indie scene. With its...

Northern Quarter Walking Tour

Explore Manchester’s hippest district

The Northern Quarter is the beating heart of Manchester’s thriving indie scene. With its vibrant street art, bohemian bars, eclectic eateries and unique boutiques, the Northern Quarter is the place to be in the city.  

Boho Manchester, cool Manchester, modish Manchester, funky but chic Manchester. It’s the Northern Quarter. A land of crumbling cotton factories, sky-scraping fire escapes, Bohemian bars, hidden spaces, cult markets, chic galleries and cardamom-scented curry cafes. A style haven shaped in marble, steel and beech wood, with streets named in Mediterranean tiles and pavements slabbed in mosaic.

There’s even a great history of political turmoil, a stretch of the last remaining back-to-back houses in the area, several Life on Mars locations, Mick Hucknall’s favourite curry cafe and Captain America was filmed here.

Discover the history and culture of Manchester’s equivalent of New York’s East Village or London’s Shoreditch on a Northern Quarter walking tour.

Timings

Every Saturday at 14:30

Meeting Point

Outside the tfgm Travelshop, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RG

End Point

Northern Quarter

Duration

2 hours (approx.)

Price

£10 per person

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Prices Between FREE to £16.00 East Lancashire Railway Steam Train Trip and Bury Market Includes unlimited all day travel on the East Lancashire Railway Step back in time with a day out on the East Lancashire Railway, a preserved heritage railway line...

Includes unlimited all day travel on the East Lancashire Railway

Step back in time with a day out on the East Lancashire Railway, a preserved heritage railway line in East Lancashire.

Depart from Bury on a steam train with smoke billowing overhead and admire the scenery as you travel through the picturesque countryside on the East Lancashire Railway.

Your ‘Freedom of the Line’ ticket includes unlimited travel on the day of purchase. Trains depart from Bury Bolton Street Station, just 40 minutes from Manchester city centre by Metrolink tram. The trains run according to a timetable, which changes daily. For timetable information, please see the timetable here (opens in new tab).

Once you return to Bury, you can visit Bury Transport Museum (free entry) and discover the North West’s industrial heritage. Through restored vehicles, artefacts and interactive exhibits, visitors can explore what life was like in the early 20th century.

Bury is also home to Bury Market, voted Britain’s favourite market in 2019, where you can pick up some bargains or sample the local food. Before you go home you might visit the Fusilier Museum or Bury Art Gallery (additional charges may apply. Please check online for latest opening times).

Timings and Prices

Steam and diesel hauled services run Wednesday – Saturday from April – September (services also run on selected Sundays and Mondays)

For timetable information, please see the timetable here (opens in new tab).

Bury Market Hall is open every day 9am – 5pm, except Sunday.

How to get to Bury Bolton Street station:

By Metrolink (recommended):

There are trams every 6 – 12 minutes between Manchester city centre and Bury from all city centre stops (except Exchange Square). Return tickets from £4.80 for off-peak travel. Bury Bolton Street station is then a 5 minute walk from Bury Interchange.

By Taxi:

Driving time is approximately 35 minutes from Manchester city centre.

Prices

All prices include a ‘Freedom of the Line’ ticket, which entitles you to unlimited travel on the East Lancas Railway for the date purchased.

Adult                                 £16.00

Concession                      £14.50

Child (5 – 17 years)          £10.00

Under 5                             FREE

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Prices Between £6.00 to £30.00 Sightseeing Manchester Bus Tour City Tour of Manchester, Salford and Media City Explore the top attractions in Manchester Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution,...

City Tour of Manchester, Salford and Media City

Explore the top attractions in Manchester

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. Discover this vibrant history from the top deck of the Sightseeing Manchester hop-on, hop-off bus. 

Beginning in Albert Square in the heart of the city centre the green Sightseeing Manchester hop-on, hop-off open-top bus takes you on 90-minute trip round Manchester and the modern waterfront developments at Salford Quays. There are 15 stops on the route that takes in some of Manchester’s key sights, including the National Football Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, Old Trafford football stadium and The Lowry. Lord of the Rings and Lost actor Dominic Monaghan provides the commentary.

Sightseeing Manchester Bus Stops & Locations:

  1. Albert Square (Stand WE) – Outside the Slug & Lettuce
  2. King Street (Stand CO) – Opposite Pizza Express
  3. Aytoun Street – Outside the Euro Car Park
  4. Piccadilly Gardens (Stand R) – Next to the Statue of The Duke of Wellington, by Byron Burger
  5. Church Street (Stand CB) – Near The Unicorn Pub
  6. National Football Museum (Stand NP) – Opposite Co-Op store
  7. Manchester Cathedral (Stand NI) – At the end of Victoria Street, before the Chapel Street Bridge
  8. Salford Cathedral – Opposite Salford Education Office
  9. Salford University – Salford Crescent at the stop by the old fire station
  10. The Quays – Opposite The Alchemist, by the roundabout between the car park and Lowry theatre.
  11. Trafford Road – Stop D at Merchants Quay, Near the Shell Garage
  12. Manchester United – On Sir Alex Ferguson Way, Outside the Premier Inn
  13. Museum of Science & Industry – Outside the Museum, near the Oxnoble pub
  14. The Bridgewater Hall – Stop SP outside the Bridgewater hall, near Manchester Central Convention Centre

Look for the Sightseeing Manchester logo and MT1 on the bus stops.

 

 

Key sights include:

  • Manchester Town Hall
  • National Football Museum
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Old Trafford Football Stadium
    (home of Manchester United F.C)
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • Manchester Central Library
  • Imperial War Museum North
  • MediaCityUK
  • The Lowry
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Prices Between FREE to £9.00 Manchester River Cruises - Departing from Manchester city centre Want to depart from Salford Quays? <CLICK HERE> to book your trip. Manchester Boat Trip Relax on a Manchester Boat Trip between the city centre and Salford Quays ...

Want to depart from Salford Quays? <CLICK HERE> to book your trip.

Manchester Boat Trip

Relax on a Manchester Boat Trip between the city centre and Salford Quays

Enjoy a relaxing  trip on a Manchester boat trip on the River Irwell and the historic Ship Canal between Manchester city centre and the former Manchester Docks, now known as Salford Quays. Board the Princess Katherine at Spinningfields in the city centre and listen to the on-board commentary as you cruise along the Irwell to Salford Quays for a 60-minute round trip. There are refreshments available on board at the fully stocked bar

Cruise highlights
En route, see the Victoria & Albert Hotel, formerly a 19th century riverside warehouse, George Stephenson’s 1830 Railway bridge and the striking new 2017 Ordsall Chord Bridge. Look out for the former Pomona Docks and Old Trafford football stadium, home to the world-famous Manchester United. At Salford Quays, admire the impressive glass and steel buildings of Media City including the ITV Studios which produce the long running TV series ‘Coronation Street’. Don’t miss the BBC Studios, the Imperial War Museum North, Lowry Theatre and Gallery, the Millennium Bridge and striking new apartment blocks.

Timings 
Regular* departures from Ralli Quay, which is opposite Manchester Spinningfields. Boarding is from the Salford side of the Irwell at Spinningfields, opposite the People’s History Museum and Dockyard Pub. Look out for the Manchester River Cruise flags on the riverside path that mark the boarding point.

The city centre boarding point is at Ralli Quay, which is opposite the People’s History Museum and Dockyard Pub.

Ralli Quay
3 Stanley St,
Salford
M3 5EJ

The nearest car park to the boarding point is the New Bailey MSCP, Salford. M3 5AY

The boat docks at Salford Quays at Pier 8, beneath the Millennium footbridge, behind the Lowry Theatre.

*check river cruise website for latest sailing timetables, availability and latest information                                                                      

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Prices Between FREE to £9.00 Manchester River Cruises - Departing from Salford Quays Manchester Boat Trip Relax on a Manchester Boat Trip between the city centre and Salford Quays Enjoy a relaxing  trip on a Manchester boat trip on the River Irwell...

Manchester Boat Trip

Relax on a Manchester Boat Trip between the city centre and Salford Quays

Enjoy a relaxing  trip on a Manchester boat trip on the River Irwell and the historic Ship Canal between the former Manchester Docks, now known as Salford Quays and Manchester city centre. Board the Princess Katherine at Pier 8 in Salford Quays and listen to the on-board commentary as you cruise along the Irwell to Spinningfields in Manchester city centre for a 60-minute round trip. There are refreshments available on board at the fully stocked bar

Cruise highlights
En route, see the Victoria & Albert Hotel, formerly a 19th century riverside warehouse, George Stephenson’s 1830 Railway bridge and the striking new 2017 Ordsall Chord Bridge. Look out for the former Pomona Docks and Old Trafford football stadium, home to the world-famous Manchester United. At Salford Quays, admire the impressive glass and steel buildings of Media City including the ITV Studios which produce the long running TV series ‘Coronation Street’. Don’t miss the BBC Studios, the Imperial War Museum North, Lowry Theatre and Gallery, the Millennium Bridge and striking new stylish apartment blocks.

Timings 
Regular* departures from Pier 8, which is next to The Lowry Theatre. Boarding is from the Lowry side of the Quays, beneath the Millennium footbridge. Look out for the Manchester River Cruise flags on the riverside path that mark the boarding point.

The Salford Quays boarding point is at Pier 8, which is beneath the Millennium footbridge, behind The Lowry theatre.

Pier 8

The Quays

Salford

M50 3AZ

The nearest car park to the boarding point is the Lowry Outlet multi-storey car park, M50 3AH.

The boat docks at in Manchester city centre at Ralli Quay, opposite the People’s History Museum and the Dockyard Pub.

*check river cruise website for latest sailing timetables, availability and latest information       

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Prices Between £145.00 to £170.00 Private Walking Tours Private Walking Tour in Manchester Discover the history of Manchester on your own private walking tour An official guide will show you around Manchester city centre on a...

Private Walking Tour in Manchester

Discover the history of Manchester on your own private walking tour

An official guide will show you around Manchester city centre on a private walking tour, talking you through the history, architecture and culture of the city. As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester was the world’s first modern city, and has led the world in several fields from cotton to computers. Discover the stories and landmarks central to Manchester’s vibrant social, cultural and political history on this introductory tour of the city.

All walking tours can be customised to suit your interests and needs, but here are two of our most popular tours:

Discover Manchester Walking Tour (2 or 3 hours)

Your own private guide will take you on a walking tour of all the highlights of Manchester, such as the Town Hall, John Rylands Library, the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Cathedral. The tour content, route and pace are entirely flexible. If you have a particular interest, just let us know and we can adapt the tour to suit you.

Three hour tours cover the same content as the two hour tours but at a more leisurely pace and in more detail. They can also include a short refreshment stop (not included in the price).

Manchester Music Walking Tour (2 or 3 hours)

Hear how Manchester’s unique sound shaped the world’s music scene as you walk though the city. See legendary music studios, clubs and venues including the Free Trade Hall, Palace Theatre, Factory Records HQ, Ritz Ballroom, Hacienda, the Boardwalk and the Congregational Chapel. Listen to stories of local bands including the Hollies, Joy Division, New Order, Buzzcocks, The Smiths and Oasis. Listen to stories of local bands who visited including the Beatles, Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan’s famous ‘Judas’ performance.

 

Each guide can accommodate up to 25 people.

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Prices Between FREE to £10.00 11am Discover Manchester Guided Walking Tour Discover Manchester Walking Tour Discover the history behind Manchester city centre’s landmarks Manchester, one of the great cities of the UK, was the birthplace of the...

Discover Manchester Walking Tour

Discover the history behind Manchester city centre’s landmarks

Manchester, one of the great cities of the UK, was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the world’s first modern city. Discover the city’s heritage, history and culture on a walking tour of the city centre led by an official tourist guide.

On the Discover Manchester Walking Tour you will hear the story of Manchester from its origins right up to the present day. The city has led the world in several fields from cotton to computers so there is a wealth of history for you to discover. Your guide will walk you through the city, pointing out Manchester’s most famous landmarks and revealing the history behind them. The Discover Manchester Walking Tour is the best way to get to know the city.

The Discover Manchester walking tour runs daily at 11am from outside the Central Library in St Peter’s Square.

Discover Manchester Walking tour can include*:

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.

*The tour route may vary depending on circumstances.

 

Tour Details:

Time: 11am every day
Starts: By the entrance to Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square
Ends: Victoria Station
Duration: 90 mins (approx.)
Price: £10
Note: The tour route may vary.

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Prices Between FREE to £25.00 Manchester City F.C. Stadium & Club Tour Manchester City Stadium Tour Go behind the scenes at the Etihad Stadium and walk in the footsteps of your heroes The new Manchester City Stadium Tour is the most immersive...

Manchester City Stadium Tour

Go behind the scenes at the Etihad Stadium and walk in the footsteps of your heroes

The new Manchester City Stadium Tour is the most immersive tour experience in Premier League football. Using the latest technology, dreams come true as you and your loved ones sit and interact with Pep Guardiola in the press room. Feel totally immersed in the City Story via our new 360 degree cinema experience and be wowed by the stunning audio-visual experience in the First Team changing room. There is a surprise at every turn! Expertly guided through the behind the scenes areas of the Stadium by our City Tour Guides, each area will be brought to life with interesting stories, facts and anecdotes. This is more than a stadium tour, this unique experience brings the magic of City to life!

What’s included
  • Field questions with a virtual Pep Guardiola in the Press Conference
  • Explore the exciting new exhibition space with holographic content
  • Watch the City story come to life in the new, immersive 360 degree cinema suite
  • See what happens on matchday in the Home Team dressing room, with a new immersive audio-visual show
  • Feel what it’s like to walk down the famous glass players tunnel, out onto the pitch
  • Go Pitch-side and get a Pep’s-eye view of the stadium from the dug-outs
  • Walk through the multi award-winning hospitality suite, The Tunnel Club
  • Visit the Away Team dressing room
  • Understand how the players prepare for the big match in the First Team warm-up area
  • Grab that perfect souvenir of your visit in our City Store

All tours are translated into different languages using the latest state of the art media guides. Languages include: French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, Arabic, and Portuguese.

If you book a tour that falls on the day of a match, the dressing rooms and tunnel will not be part of the tour route.

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Prices Between FREE to £52.00 Manchester United F.C. Stadium Tour Manchester United Stadium Tour Walk in the footsteps of your heroes at Old Trafford Go behind the scenes at one of the world’s most popular and most successful football...

Manchester United Stadium Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your heroes at Old Trafford

Go behind the scenes at one of the world’s most popular and most successful football clubs on a Manchester United Stadium Tour. Since the club’s formation in 1878 Manchester United have won 64 trophies, with Old Trafford stadium at the heart of their success.

The stadium is one of the world’s most recognisable venues and the largest club football stadium in the UK. The Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour gives you the opportunity to discover the story of the club and to see inside the spectacular 76,000 capacity stadium.

The museum blends historical exhibits with state-of-the-art interactive experiences. Discover the stories of the club’s most famous players, including Bobby Charlton, George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. Find out about the remarkable managers, including Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson. Have your photo taken with the trophies and discover the

The Stadium Tour lasts for 80 minutes and includes the players’ dressing room and the chance to emerge from the 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.

What’s included:

Standard Package

  • Manchester United Museum
  • Guided Stadium Tour
  • Free Lanyard

 

Silver Package

  • Manchester United Museum
  • Guided Stadium Tour
  • Souvenir trophy photograph
  • Souvenir guide book
  • Free Lanyard

 

Gold Package

  • Manchester United Museum
  • Guided Stadium Tour
  • Souvenir trophy photograph
  • Souvenir guide book
  • One course meal in Red Cafe
  • One drink with meal
  • Free Lanyard
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£40.00 Manchester Food Walks Northern Quarter Taster Combining culture, history and cuisine! For five years, Manchester Food Walks have been leading walking tours that eat and drink Manchester. Every weekend, there are two...

Combining culture, history and cuisine!

For five years, Manchester Food Walks have been leading walking tours that eat and drink Manchester. Every weekend, there are two different tours to choose from exploring the original modern city with breaks in Manchester’s eclectic eateries en route.

The Northern Quarter Taster

A roving lunch of five small plates in the best Northern Quarter eateries, accompanied by stories of Manchester’s boho district, old and new. This is the original and most popular tour, looking at the district’s history, from its historic markets, shops and rag traders to its cultural regeneration, highlights and attitude of today. You’ll discover the history of Afflecks Palace and the Arndale, the
curry cafes and the area’s standout public art, and walk in the footsteps of some of Manchester’s most famous names.

 

Tour Details:

Time: 11.30am every Saturday
Starts: Outside the Visitor Information Centre 1 Piccadilly Gardens Manchester
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

Note: The tour route may vary.

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£25.00 Manchester Food Walks - A Slice of Manchester Combining culture, history and cuisine! For five years, Manchester Food Walks have been leading walking tours that eat and drink Manchester. Every weekend, we offer two...

Combining culture, history and cuisine!

For five years, Manchester Food Walks have been leading walking tours that eat and drink Manchester. Every weekend, we offer two different tours exploring the original modern city with breaks in Manchester’s eclectic eateries en route.  At  Manchester Food Walks, the guides lead walking tours of Manchester with a difference – stops at the city’s finest food providers. Join the weekly Manchester Pizza tour to sample some of the city’s best offerings of everybody’s favourite food.

Manchester Pizza Tour

The weekly Manchester Pizza tour offers you the opportunity to a sample a slice of Manchester’s food scene, together with a slice of its history. Explore the city and drop into three of Manchester’s top pizza joints to top up on slices as you go! If you need the perfect hangover cure, or just fancy a walking brunch with a side of Manchester stories, this is the Sunday walk for you.

 

Tour Details:

Time: 11.30am every Sunday
Starts: Outside the Visitor Information Centre 1 Piccadilly Gardens Manchester
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

Note: The tour route may vary.

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