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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 started 5 years ago when Josh - Mancunian history graduate and playwright - couldn’t find a free tour to do in the city! Since then, we have grown into a small team of historians and storytellers, who love sharing Manchester’s unique city with the world.

Our main daily tour offers a comprehensive introduction to the city, taking in the main sights as well as our lesser-known quirks. We will take you through the city’s various terrains - giving an insight into Manchester’s history, culture and present-day life in a way that only a local could.

We also offer a tour of Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter neighbourhood. Discussing the area’s street art, music and radical history - we’ll discover the alternative side of Manchester’s more recent history.

We 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 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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