Free Manchester Walking Tours

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on March 05, 2020

My name is Josh. I am a master's degree graduate in history, a playwright and, most importantly, a Mancunian! I founded Manchester's original daily free tour almost a decade ago. We are now a small team of historians and storytellers passionate about sharing Manchester's story with the world. Join us on an adventure and discover Manchester the way people have for hundreds of years... on foot and for free! IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure your guide has the official blue coat, with our FMWT compass logo.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Let us tell you the story of Manchester....

Every Day // 11am // Alan Turing Memorial (Sackville Gardens). 

Join the Manchester's original free walking adventure to discover Manchester’s top-attractions and hidden gems only known by our native English-speaking Mancunian guides. 

This entertaining and informative exeprience includes something for everyone - whether you’re a new visitor, or familiar with the city.

Plus the tour offers fantastic photo opportunities, the chance to meet new people, and all our guests are offered our unique list of insider recommendations

Join us to discover Manchester the way people have for hundreds of years: on foot, and for free.

NOTE: Official guides will be wearing a blue coat, featuring our compass-shaped logo. Double-check the uniform, to ensure you're with an official guide!

See our website for official info and updates.

Expect to hear about: Architectural wonders, Politically radical trailblazers, Street art and Urban legends, Historical context, Rave culture, Football giants, Industrial innovation, Musical heroes, and much more...

Expect to visit: Manchester Town Hall, Royal Exchange Theatre, China Town,  University of Manchester, Gay Village, Peterloo Memorial, Manchester Cathedral, Rochdale Canal, Midland Hotel, Manchester Central Library, John Ryland's Library...

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Sackville Park, Fairfield St, Manches...
    Sackville Park, Fairfield St, Manchester M1 3HB, UK
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    Meeting point: Alan Turing Memorial (Sackville Gardens, post code: M1 3HB). For updates: @FreeTours_MCR // FMWT.co.uk Alternatively, you may WhatsApp or call:: +447478277293 Please ensure you are with an official FMWT guide: we will be wearing a blue coat featuring our FMWT compass-shaped logo.

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    Outside visit
    Alan Turing Memorial

    Official guides will be wearing a blue coat, featuring our compass-shaped FMWT logo. You will find a guide Every Day at 11am, stood by a statue of a man sat down holding an apple - usually accompanied by some Manchester tunes! When the tour begins, you will learn about Alan Turing, the father of computer science. Learn how his work cracked the Enigma code, theorised AI, and built the world's first modern computer!

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    Outside visit
    Vimto Bottle

    This wooden sculpture by the old University is a (very) sweet slice of Manchester history that leaves everyone smiling!

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    Outside visit

    Step into the legend of Factory Records and how they revolutionised music, design and club culture.

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    Gay Village

    We'll take in monuments and memorials, and discuss the politics, parties and personalities to tell the story of how Manchester become a destination for international LGBT+ visitors. NOTE: We run an extended LGBT+ tour most Saturday afternoons. See FMWT(dot)co(dot)uk for more info.

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    Outside visit

    In one of the UK's largest China Towns, we'll celebrate the role of immigration in Manchester's story.

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    Manchester Town Hall

    Hearing about the personalities who helped bring about this gothic Victorian wonder.

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    John Rylands Library

    Manchester has four of the most beautiful libraries in Europe in a one-mile square radius - out of them all, this is the must-see!

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    Outside visit
    Manchester Art Gallery

    We'll pass Manchester's central art gallery, which hosts a mix of historic masterpieces and contemporary art,

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    Outside visit
    Royal Exchange Theatre

    Tours Monday - Saturday will get to go inside this incredible opulent interior, and perhaps even see the actors warming up in this truly unique space.

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    Outside visit
    Free Trade Hall

    Learn about the first punch of the Suffragette movement, about the 'gig that changed the world', and how Bob Dylan scandalised folk music!

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    The Midland Hotel

    An opulent exterior with fascinating stories about the people who have stayed there!

  • 12
    Outside visit
    Abraham Lincoln Statue

    Why is there a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Manchester? Join the tour to find out!

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    Outside visit
    Emmeline Pankhurst Statue

    Visit this recent statue of Emmeline Pankhust to learn about how the fight for female votes started life in Manchester!

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    Outside visit
    National Football Museum

    We'll end close to the National Football Museum, where we'll conclude by sharing a terrible but transformational event in Manchester's history.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Ana 22 Apr 2024
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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
George is the best! The attention to detail, music backdrop, fun facts and important information he presented definitely made us fall in love with the city and Mancunians. Not a minute was boring! We will come back for sure and recommend this tour to everyone.
Oluwabusolami 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Jack gave his 💯! It was a very educating and interesting tour. He sure made everyone comfortable, took everything at his own pace, knew when to crack jokes to help ease up, gave a few minutes break and assisted with recommendations even at the end of the tour. I was impressed. I absolutely recommend
Joanna 20 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
An absolute gem of a tour! One of my favorite ones I've ever been on! Very informative about the city and also quite fun
Marco 19 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
My first impression of the city was that I didn't like it, but thanks to Emma it got a lot better, knowing more about the history of the city, its great characters, the facts that marked the history of Manchester. I highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't know what to do, once the tour is over the best tips come.
Hannah 19 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Loved the tour! Learnt so much and really interesting facts and history telling
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 8 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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