Free Walking Tour Manchester!

Duration: 3h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Joe
Quality Verified Registered on July 23, 2023

Hi I’m Joe, your tour guide! 🙋‍♂️ I am a lifelong Manchester resident (Mancunian) who knows this city and its people inside and out. I have many stories about life here in Manchester and over the years I have met countless Manchester celebrities with stories to tell which you will learn about on my tour! This tour includes things that you will not find in guidebooks (or anywhere else for that matter!). I love showing people my city and I look forward to guiding you! -Joe 🙂

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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
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Tour description

Would you like to see Manchester with a native English-speaking tour guide who has been a full-time tour guide in Manchester since 2016? 🙋‍♂️ Then read on. 👇

Through years of experience, I have learned that these tours are most enjoyable for you if I take you to the most exciting stops and tell the most interesting stories. 😎

You want to see the main sites, take the best photos 📸, maybe laugh a little, and then head off on to the next adventure. 😉 

During the tour we will see the main sites, allowing you to take photos of:

  • Chinatown 
  • Gay Village 
  • Molly House
  • Alan Turing Memorial
  • London Road Fire Station 
  • Vimto Monument 
  • Factory Records
  • Refuge Hotel
  • Midland Hotel
  • Town Hall
  • Central Library
  • Free Trade Hall

As important than the sites themselves are the stories behind them. Little insightful or interesting anecdotes;

Where does Manchester get its name from? 🤔

Why is there a Dr Who tardis in Chinatown?

Why are there lots of space invader mosaics spread across the city? 🖌

Why is the 👑 Queen Victoria statue facing away from Manchester?

Why has one brick 🧱 on Central library been stolen so many times?

And many more stories like these!

You can also hear about the times I have met famous people such as Pep Guardiola, Tyson Fury, Liam Gallagher, Gareth Southgate, Ricky Hatton, Michael Eavis, Rio Ferdinand, Bobby Charlton and so many more! 

I am the only free tour guide who is actually from Manchester! So I'm the best person for suggestions of the best places in the city for food 🍲, drink 🍺, coffee ☕, nightlife 🍸, live music 🎸 and pretty much anything else you may want. One thing I would ask is that if you need to leave early to let me know so that the group is not waiting for you😊

See you on the tour! 👋


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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    46 Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4FH, UK
    46 Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4FH, UK
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    We meet at Chinese Arch, Faulkner Street, M1 4FH I will be carrying a yellow umbrella with Free Walking Tour Manchester written on.

  • 1
    Outside visit

    Meet at the Chinatown Arch. ⛩️ A great photo opportunity and a clear landmark. We start at the the second largest Chinatown in the United Kingdom and the third largest in Europe. Learn why the Chinese came to Manchester, what they did originally and learn about one individual member of the Chinese community of Manchester and what makes him stand out! 🐝

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Gay Village

    See some fine street art and learn how and why Manchester has become one of the most celebrated Gay Pride 🏳‍🌈 events in Britain. Learn how the Gay village has evolved from an area of urban decay through to today’s trendy and bustling scene! 🐝

  • 3
    Outside visit
    The Molly House

    Find out what a Molly House is and learn about the murals 🖌 on the side of the building and their connection to Manchester! 🐝

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Alan Turing Memorial

    Learn about the history of this great resident and how he was instrumental in helping end World War II. 🐝

  • 5
    Outside visit
    London Road Fire Station

    See one of the locations where a shootout for Peaky Blinders was filmed! 🎬🎥

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Vimto Park

    Learn about how this unique Manchester beverage 🍾 came into being and how and why it is so popular in the Middle East! 🐝

  • 7
    Outside visit
    FAC251 - Factory Manchester

    See the building which gave the world the Madchester scene and how it still influences today’s music! 🎶

  • 8
    Outside visit
    The Refuge

    Come inside one of Manchester’s finest hotels. Find out why there is a 300 lb bronze horse 🐎 in the foyer and follow in the footsteps of its resident ghost! 👻

  • 9
    Outside visit
    The Midland Hotel

    See Manchester's most iconic grand hotel by the Midland Railway Company in 1903 built initially to serve rail 🛤 travellers coming from London.

  • 10
    Outside visit
    Town Hall

    See how the proceeds from cotton built the Town Hall and some magnificent buildings nearby! 🐝

  • 11
    Outside visit
    Manchester Central Library

    Come inside the second-largest public lending library in England. It is one of the most famous buildings in the city. And Manchester being the first local authority to open a free to use library for the general public. 📚

  • 12
    Outside visit
    Free Trade Hall

    Learn about the site of the Peterloo Massacre and is now a hotel. 🏨 The Free Trade Hall was where “the punk rock atom was split” as Steve Diggle of Buzzcocks proclaims; “it changed Manchester and it changed the world.”

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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Jacqueline 14 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Very disappointed. Joe never turned up. I waiting from 9.50 am until 10.10am .
Susan 03 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Mar 2024
We were excited to join the tour as seen good reviews. We were emailed the night before with regards to changes in clocks. In addition Joe emailed me a guide of Birmingham about 05.30 on the morning of the walk. Ourselves and other walkers turned up for the tour but Joe did not show - we emailed, called etc for 40 minutes but no response. After 40 minutes of standing around we joined another walking tour at 11, which was excellent. Joe did send a voucher for another day, but we were leaving Manchester the next day. So we did have a great tour of Manchester just not with the guide or company we thought we would have.
Mikel 03 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Jan 2024
What an outstanding day out! Despite the bitting cold the tour was super fun, adjustable and incredibly organised! I loved all the bits of information that will sit with me forever now! Thanks for an amazing tour!
Roxana 30 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
We liked the tour.It was partially filled with stops only to promote restaurants, hotels and bars. We missed the informations about the history of the city. We received lots of musical history and filming stories. Joes always had a musical part to accompany his stories.
Samantha 27 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Exploring Manchester with Joe was an absolute delight! His passion for the city's rich history and vibrant culture truly shone through as he guided us through its must-see landmarks and hidden gems. From the iconic Manchester Town Hall to the bustling Northern Quarter, Joe's insightful commentary provided fascinating insights at every turn. His friendly demeanor and extensive knowledge made the tour not only informative but also incredibly enjoyable. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or simply looking to soak in the city's atmosphere, I highly recommend joining Joe for an unforgettable Manchester experience!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 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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