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Free Walking Tour Manchester

Discover the fascinating history of Manchester on a fantastic tour with Free Manchester Walking Tours!

Free Manchester Walking Tour

Free Manchester Walking Tours was started 6 years ago by Josh - History graduate, playwright and Mancunian! Since then, they have grown to become a small team of historians and storytellers, who love sharing Manchester’s unique city with the world.

Their main daily free tour is a fun, informative and informal introduction to the city. They will make sure you see Manchester must-do attractions, and also show you the city's quirky secrets, that only locals know.

Because it's a very entertaining walking tour - that includes music, photos and stories -  the Manchester free tour is popular with visitors, as well as people who have lived in Manchester their whole lives.

It's a great way to explore the city's various terrains, meet new people, find fantastic photo opportunities and get insider tips.

Manchester's a city of many depths - football and politics, industry and architecture, music and raves, fashion and food - join the Manchester free tour to get an insight into Manchester’s history, culture and present-day life in a way that only a local could.

They also offer a tour of Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter neighbourhood that discusses the area’s street art, music and radical history.

They also offer private tours, including in Spanish, and afternoon ‘whistle-stop’ tours.

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What visitors think about Free Manchester Walking Tour?

Fantastic 3 hour walking tour which may seem a long time but time flew by even with the rain and hail. Josh is extremely knowledgeable (and funny) about Manchester and it's history and tooks us round some well known and not so known location. Highly recommended and we got to meet Alan the dog.
'This isn’t a point-and-shoot walking tour. It’s like you’ve gone to see an old friend, who tells you some amazing stories, plays songs, shares inside knowledge, takes you down streets no one else knows - and then brings it all together at the end to make you see the ‘real’ Manchester.’
Rachel S
'What better than to be shown around Manchester by a Mancunian? I dare anyone to go on this tour and NOT fall in love with Manchester - warts and all. Plus, when I went on, the tour guide had a cute dog called Alan.’

Frequently asked questions about the tour

What is this tour?

A comprehensive and entertaining walking adventure through Manchester, led by native-Manchester history graduates and storytellers.

When does the tour run?

The free tour of Manchester runs Every Day at 11am, from the Alan Turing Memorial (Sackville Gardens).

Is the tour definitely running?

Free Manchester Walking Tours will always run on the dates and times specified - including bank holidays - unless otherwise stated on our social media. Please check our social media for COVID-19 developments.

Where do we go on the tour?

We like to keep our walking tour route a secret - but we can say that we take in the big attractions (Manchester Town Hall, Royal Exchange Theatre, Free Trade Hall) as well as our lesser-known quirks (Vimto Monument, Underground Manchester, Factory Records).

Is the tour accessible?

The Manchester free tour is wheelchair accessible. If you have any other accessibility needs (eg. hearing/medical) please let us know beforehand or at the start of the free walking tour, and we will make sure you are fully accommodated. We want everyone to feel welcome to come along, of any age or background. Dogs are also more than welcome.

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