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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 12 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. Piccadilly Gardens (Stand R) – Next to the Statue of The Duke of Wellington, by Byron Burger
  3. National Football Museum (Stand NP) – Opposite Co-Op store
  4. Manchester Cathedral (Stand NI) – At the end of Victoria Street, before the Chapel Street Bridge
  5. Salford Cathedral – Opposite Salford Education Office
  6. Salford University – Salford Crescent at the stop by the old fire station
  7. The Quays – Opposite The Alchemist, by the roundabout between the car park and Lowry theatre.
  8. Trafford Road – Stop D at Merchants Quay, AC Hotel / Copthorne Hotel
  9. Manchester United – On Sir Alex Ferguson Way, Outside the Premier Inn
  10. Imperial War Museum Trafford Wharf Road
  11. Museum of Science & Industry – Outside the Museum, near the Oxnoble pub
  12. The Bridgewater Hall – Stop SU opposite 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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Prices Between £8.95 to £20.00 Robinsons Brewery Tour Includes tour, Beer tasting and more

Robinsons Brewery – Manchester Brewery Tour

Uncover the secrets of the brewing process and sample Robinsons’ award-winning ales

Robinsons have a worldwide reputation for real ale, learn how they make their award winning beers on a tour of their state of the art Manchester brewery in the heart of Stockport, which is only a short train ride from Manchester city centre. Then try the beers in the Unicorn Bar at the end of the tour!

A fascinating tour whether you are a fan of ale or not! Learn about the science & technicalities behind the brewing process and about how Robinsons Brewery selects the ingredients to produce their award winning ales. Robinsons Brewery is a proud family of independent brewers. They have been  brewing their well known beers Trooper, Old Tom, Unicorn and Dizzy Blonde in the heart of Stockport since 1838. Learn about the secrets of their brewing process and get an insight into how their equipment has changed over the last 178 years in one of the most advanced breweries in the UK. The informative guides will educate and entertain you on your journey through the brewery.  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 in the Unicorn Bar. For an extra special visit, upgrade your tour to include lunch and a free gift.

Timings
Tours are available Tuesday to Saturday at 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm. Sunday 11.30am & 1.30pm.

This tour is only suitable for over 18s, I.D may be required

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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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£40.00 Manchester Food Walks - Ancoats Taster 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 Ancoats tour to sample some of the city’s best offerings.

Manchester Ancoats Tour

Discover the world’s first industrial suburb - and one of Time Out’s coolest districts on the planet. From mills to millennials, the Hallé to hipsters, we’ll share the stories of Manchester’s most booming neighbourhood, stopping to sample tasters at five of the best new eateries in the city. Ticket price includes all food and guiding. Drinks not included. £40 per person. Approximately two hours duration.

Tour Details:

Time: 12pm every Sunday
Starts: Outside Roche Bobois Furniture Store, 122-125 Great Ancoats Street M4 5AG (Junction with Redhill Street).
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

Note: The tour route may vary.

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Prices Between £5.00 to £10.00 National Football Museum Find out more Book now
£20.00 Manchester Gin Distillery Tour and Tasting Includes Guided Distillery tour G&T on arrival and Gin tastings

Under Manchester’s historic railway arches, discover the finest gins Manchester Gin has to offer from their impressive in-house distillery.

Follow the distilling process of the nation’s favourite tipple on your tour and see for yourself the care and consideration poured into every bottle of Manchester Gin at their distillery located in the heart of the city.

No distillery tour is complete without tastings! Learn about flavour profiles and palettes from your knowledgeable guide and discover your personal favourites during your opportunity to quality test especially selected gin.

Manchester is a city of eclectic culture and industrial graft, coupled with a fiercely unique spirit of independence. This gin may be enjoyed worldwide, but it tastes of everything that makes Manchester great. Don’t take our word for it, book a tour and see for yourself!

WHAT YOU’LL GET:

  • G&T on arrival
  • Tutored tasting of four gins
  • Guided tour of our distillery
  • 10% off any shop purchases

Timings
Tours are available Thursday to Sunday at 12.30pm, 5pm (Saturday only) and 6.30pm 

This tour is only suitable for over 18s, I.D may be required

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£277.00 11am special; 2 Hour Private Bus Tour Private Mini Bus Tour in Manchester. Discover the history of Manchester on your own private bus tour with on board live guide commentary.  All bus tours can be...

Private Mini Bus Tour in Manchester.

Discover the history of Manchester on your own private bus tour with on board live guide commentary. 

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

  • Manchester Football Heritage -  Manchester has a rich football history. We offer a range of tours including a general Football history tour or we can cater it if your more of a United or City fan.
  • Manchester's Wonderful Music History  - We can also specialise this to specific bands, Joy Division/New Order/Oasis/The Smiths
  • TV and Film Locations - Manchester is no stranger to digital cinematography with famous actors from all over the world having paved the streets of our beautiful city. Peaky Blinders, Queer as Folk, Snatch, Coronation Street., Captain America amongst many more.
  • Manchester City of Firsts - See the most famous sights of Manchester and listen to unusual tales and curiosities as you travel through Manchester’s busy streets aboard this tour of Manchester.
  • Manchester Food Tours - Have a taste of some of Manchester's finest culinary treats while touring around the city!

But wait there's more....

  • Cotton and the Industrial Mill Industry -  So well known for being a city of cotton that it was coined 'Cottonopolis'.  Manchester is still a city shaped by cotton.
  • Art & Culture - Whether you are a knowledgeable art critic or a novice art appreciator, there will be something of interest on this tour.
  • A Short History of Manchester - From the Roman Empire to Madchester to the current day 
  • A Life of Crime - Manchester's famous crimes, underworld gangs and buildings with criminal history.
  • A Religious History of Manchester -  Baptists, Roman Catholics or other religions have found their place in the city. Visit some amazing architecture and religious spots within the city.

Mini buses can seat up to a maximum of 15 guests plus a seat for the guide. Each mini bus is fitted with a microphone for the guide and each vehicle is maintained and routinely serviced. There is no compromise when it comes to passenger comfort, safety or satisfaction and we will ensure that your tour is as pleasant as possible.

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Prices Between FREE to £10.00 Manchester Street Art Tour Take a 2 hour Manchester street art walking tour through the city’s history led by a local knowledgeable guide. The best way to understand a city is through its street...

Take a 2 hour Manchester street art walking tour through the city’s history led by a local knowledgeable guide.

The best way to understand a city is through its street art. The murals painted on the sides of the Northern Quarter’s many protected buildings tell the story of revolution, decline and reinvention. They are the story of Manchester as told by those that live here.

More than just pretty pictures, the art of the Northern Quarter celebrates the city’s triumphs of architecture and heritage. The opening of the Arndale shopping mall in the 1970s lead to mass shop closures and deep decline, however the region reinvented itself with art and counterculture to become a mainstay of Manchester life.

This multi-award winning tour runs through the deeper history of Manchester that many other tours miss. Focusing on unearthing the spoken history of Manchester, these are tales of the people of Manchester documented with spray canisters and brushes.

The tour is an informal but informative way to get to know a city bursting with culture and history.

Tour Details:

Time: 11.00am every Friday
Starts: Shudehill metrolink platform, by the bike racks. M4 4AA

What to wear: comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing 

Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

Note: The tour route may vary. No refreshments included 

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