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The Manchester Walking Tour

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  • 2 to 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Whether you’re visiting Manchester for its musical heritage or its footballing legacy, this walking tour will fill you in on all the juicy secrets the city has to share. See famous streets and sets from TV and film on your way to visit places of historical importance—from women’s rights to ending slavery. If you’re into football, learn about how Manchester began the Premier League, and if you’re more of a music fan, see where live acts started out.
  • Find out why Manchester is so famous for music and football
  • Explore the cobbled streets and historic architecture of Manchester on foot
  • Ask your local guide anything about Manchester!
  • An engaging and entertaining walking tour around Manchester with stops for photos and refreshments

What's Included

  • Guided tour
  • Tour guide

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
      Portland St, Manchester M1 4PH, UK

      Tours leave from Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. M1 4PH

    End point

    • Shambles Square
      Shambles Square, Manchester M3 1SW, UK

      Shambles Square near Manchester Cathedral.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Q:What is the social distancing policy during The Manchester Walking Tour?

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    344 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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    The best tour I have EVER had... and I have been in many!
    SAMUEL_Z, Oct 2022
    We booked a Manchester Walking Tour for a Sunday morning. We met our Guide Joe Feely, who turned out to be the best guide we have ever had. Not only he really knows a lot about Manchester, but carried with him photos and documents to support all the stories and details he showed. He even had a recorder to let us hear the songs relative to the places he took us to, and he even played the flute while Hula Hooping! Honestly this has been the best walking tour my wife and I have ever taken!
    Response from Host, Nov 2022
    Thanks Sam for such kind words in your review! It was a pleasure to show you and the group around Manchester and I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the Hula Hoop at the end of the tour!
    Quirky anecdotes and fun humour
    RobertAndrew_F, Aug 2022
    Amusing anecdotes from Joe who’s born and bread in Manchester an enjoyable evening learning about Manchester’s music past
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Thanks Robert for spending the time to come on my tour and for your review. Both are very much appreciated
    Great tour
    Dianesale, Jun 2022
    Really interesting tour, Joe has lots of knowledge about the Manchester music scene, he even played a few tunes for us. Great way to spend a few hours.
    Response from Host, Jun 2022
    Thank you Diane for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience and it was a pleasure to meet you
    More than a Tour, More like a Family
    Dana_K, Apr 2022
    This was such an incredible tour! Our tour guide, Joe, was super knowledgeable about all things music in the area and actually had personal stories about specific bands that originated or had history in the area (ex: Oasis, The Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths). The tour was well worth every penny, as we learned so much about the history of Manchester, visited hotels, listened to songs, saw famous landmarks, and finished up at a pub. After eating at a local historic pub, the group of us decided to explore more sites and pubs as a group, just hanging out after the “tour” part had finished. Truly we met friends on this tour that will be friends for life! It felt less like a tour and more like chilling with some friends in Manchester (with lots of cool info learned). We just met up with a friend in London this week that we met on the Rock & Goal Tour in Manchester! Thank you Joe for a wonderful experience!
    Response from Host, Apr 2022
    Thank you very much Dana for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I'm glad everybody enjoyed the experience and stayed around to hang out. I'll give you a shout next time I'm in London!
    5 STARS Tour.
    JOHN_W, Apr 2022
    A excellent walking tour.Very informative.The host Joe was superb.I would recommend this tour to everyone who wants an insight to Manchester while on holiday. Oh
    Response from Host, Apr 2022
    Thanks John for yout review and your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience also
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Fabulous tour
    Paul_Q, Mar 2022
    Don’t think about it do it! Great tour, Joe is a fabulous guide very knowledgable, witty and thoroughly nice guy. Saw and learnt a lot on a wonderful 3hr walk through the history of Manchester
    Great morning with Joe....
    Neil_R, Mar 2022
    Great morning with Joe. We definitely recommend it. Learnt so much about Manchester. Joe super informative.
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    Thanks Neil for your review. It's much appreciated
    An excellent tour with a difference.
    Martin_A, Feb 2022
    It was really enjoyable hearing the musical history and public art story of Manchester from an expert.
    Response from Host, Feb 2022
    Thanks Martin for coming on my tour and for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience.
    Nice overview of Manchester!
    Madison_S, Dec 2021
    We got to see a lot of the city in a short time which was perfect because we were only in town a couple of days. Joe was very knowledgeable and catered to our interests!
    Response from Host, Jan 2022
    Thanks Madison for coming on the tour and for your kind words. Both are really appreciated
    Walking tour
    Debbie_S, Nov 2021
    Fab tour, joe is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, we saw so much of Manchester that we would have never experienced Highly recommended 😊
    Response from Host, Nov 2021
    Thanks Debbie for choosing to come on my tour and for your review. It was nice to meet you :)
    Mark_R, Oct 2021
    What an absolute cracking couple of hours we spent walking around with Joe, the best £10 we have ever spent. We learnt so much in such a short space of time and could of listened to Joe all day. We will definitely be doing the same tour when we return to Manchester. H and M.
    Response from Host, Nov 2021
    Thanks for coming on the tour and for your review Mark. I'm glad you both enjoyed the experience and I look forward to meeting you again soon.
    Loved it!
    Craig, Oct 2021
    The tour was awesome. Joe's knowledge, and the amount of information that he shared with us was exactly what we were looking for. I especially loved the history of music in Manchester, as well as the street art, but I found all that he shared new and interesting. I would definitely recommend this tour.
    Response from Host, Oct 2021
    Thanks Craig for coming on my tour and I'm glad that you enjoyed the experience. Thanks also for writing your review. Much appreciated
    Enjoyable walking tour (includes live performances).
    Janet_P, Oct 2021
    First time in Manchester, wanted to walk, see and hear some interesting things and get our bearings on our first day, so, booked this walk. Joe was great, even texting the day before to ask what music we enjoyed and what our interests were. He gave us a very interesting tour, he is very knowledgeable (and a talented musician) as well as being a lovely chap. We considered it great value for money and really enjoyed the time with him. We would highly recommend, especially if you are into music.
    Response from Host, Oct 2021
    Thanks Janet for choosing to come on my tour. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience and the music. I really appreciate your review
    Great tour
    Debbie_H, Sept 2021
    Really enjoyable tour learnt a lot of new things about Manchester. Joe is a very knowledgeable tour guide.
    Response from Host, Sept 2021
    Thanks Debbie for coming on my tour and for your review. Both are appreciated
    A guide to Manchester’s Music and culture
    Ciara_G, Sept 2021
    Joe was an incredible guide. A great history of the music and culture of Manchester. Great mix of music (virtual and live), murals, buildings and other monuments. Highly recommend this tour!
    Response from Host, Sept 2021
    Thanks Ciara for choosing to come on my tour. Thanks for your kind words and I'm glad you enjoyed the experience!
    FANTASTIC tour - great value for money
    theresa292, Sept 2021
    Joe was a fantastic, knowledgeable and friendly guide. So much of the city centre we hadn't discovered fully in the 10 years my husband and I have lived and worked in greater manchester. My brother and sister in law were visiting from Scotland and loved the tour. Fantastic value for money and the three hours just flew by.
    Response from Host, Sept 2021
    Thanks Theresa for coming on the tour and for your review. I'm really glad that you all enjoyed the experience. It was a pleasure to meet you
    Street Art, Music & History with Joe
    Andrew_B, Aug 2021
    Great walking tour of Manchester with Joe. A surprising number of superb art installations that we would never have seen, enthusiastically described to us by Joe. As we strolled around the route, we were entertained with stories of the rich musical and sporting history of Manchester, linked to the areas we were walking through. Very interesting, never dull; 3 hours very well spent. PS - thanks for the Vimto lolly Joe.
    Response from Host, Aug 2021
    Thanks Andrew for spending the time to come on my tour which I'm glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the review too
    Great day in the sunshine
    Ian_R, Jul 2021
    Had a great time with Joe I knew a lot about Manchester music but Joe enhanced it with his local knowledge My 2 teenage girls also enjoyed it Cheers Ian and family
    Response from Host, Jul 2021
    Thanks Ian for coming on the tour and for writing a review. I'm glad you all enjoyed the experience too.
    A fantastic glimpse at a buzzing city 🐝
    Allison_L, Jun 2021
    Being introduced to Manchester’s hidden gems and historic did-you/knows was fascinating. Joe brought his own engaging style and talent to making this wander unique and memorable.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Great tour
    Marie_M, Sept 2020
    This was an excellent tour. Would definitely recommend. Joe was a great guide - loads of interesting knowledge and insight into Manchester and its music scene.
    Response from Host, Oct 2020
    Thanks Marie for coming on the tour and for writing your review. I'm glad you both enjoyed the experience and it was a pleasure to meet you.


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