We are operating a reduced service of tours, following the latest advice on Coronavirus. Your safety is our number one priority. See our FAQ page for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus

Manchester Guided Tours are back, safely guiding the city.

Are you still guiding following Coronavirus?

Yes. Discover Manchester, our main general walk, operates on Saturdays and Sundays only for the time being.

All available tours will appear here on our website.

Our guides are all following the national Covid-19 Guidance for Tourist Guides.

What precautions need to be taken to guide safely?

Our guides are all following the national Covid-19 Guidance for Tourist Guides, from the UK government Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

For every tour, your guide will have assessed any risk, and taken steps to mitigate.

1. We are familiar with the most up-to-date public health guidelines and all be following these for your tour.

2. We will maintain the current government-approved social distancing at all times, and help you do the same if there is more than one 'household' on your tour.

3. The maximum number of guests on a tour has returned to 25 plus the guide.

4. We won't shake your hand and will avoid any physical contact.

5. We will apply rigorous hygiene, hand washing, and use hand sanitiser.

6. If requested, we shall consider wearing a face mask.

7. Our guides are very familiar with the city and will be able to let you know where public toilets and hand washing stations are available.

8. We will ensure we are fully aware of individual locations' specific Coronavirus requirements and follow them.

When will the other walks return?

It is up to individual guides to decide when they want to re-introduce tours. As soon as a tour is planned it will appear on this website.

Is it possible to book a private tour?

Yes. With up to twenty-five attendees (plus the guide) at the moment. If your booking is a long way in advance, please call us for advice on +44 7505 685942.

When are you going to be offering a bigger range of walks?

It all depends on government advice and the health situation. Keep checking back on this site for the latest.

Booking

Planning for your tour with Manchester Guided Tours.

Do I have to book in advance?

At the moment, all our tours need to be booked in advance, yes. This ensures we don't exceed the number of guests we're allowed to show around post-Corona.

Click on the tour you're interested in, and booking details appear on the right hand side of the page.

How do I pay?

Tours can be paid for securely with a debit or credit card when you book.

Can I bring children on the tour?

Children under five go free. Please read the description of the tour to ensure it's age-appropriate for the age of the child you are bringing. If in doubt, please contact the guide.

Are dogs welcome on the tour?

Please check with your guide in advance. Some tours may enter buildings where dogs are not allowed, so that would be a no.

What if I need to cancel or postpone my tour?

If you're booked on Discover Manchester, please email info@manchesterguidedtours.com at least 24 hours ahead of your booked date and we can move your booking to another date.

If it's another tour, please contact the guide directly. You'll find their contact on the tours page.

Are your tours all accessible?

We try and ensure we can welcome everyone on a Manchester Guided Tour.

That said, the city is famous for its Victorian architecture - and some of these buildings are harder to navigate than others.

Whilst our main Discover Manchester route is suitable for everyone, please check with the guide if you're booking on another walk and have particular accessibility needs.

Do you offer public tours on other transport?

Sure. Cycling tours can be arranged for private groups. Please contact either Kate Dibble or Emma Fox for details. Manchester Taxi Tours has a range of tours in a modern TX1 Electric black taxi. And Suzanne Hindle guides on the Rail Ale Trail - showing off craft breweries and Greater Manchester's steam railway.

On the day

What you need to know on the day of your Manchester Guided Tour.

Where do we meet the guide?

The starting location for each tour is shown on the tour listing on the website. There's even a little map.

Our Discover Manchester tour always starts on the steps of Central Library on Saint Peter's Square.

Where do we park?

It depends on the starting location of your tour. The postcode will be on the tour description. Click here to see city centre car parking options.

We recommend public transport if possible. Manchester is well served by buses and by the Metrolink tram network. You can find out more about public transport here.

What if we're late?

We'd rather you weren't :) Our tours start promptly, so please try and be there 5-10 minutes before the start time.

But sometimes delays are unavoidable. We'd really appreciate a call to the guide if that's the case. Sometimes it's possible to meet them en route.

Are there comfort/refreshment breaks on the tour?

Unless the tour description lists food and drink options, there is no refreshment stop, no.

Whilst the guide will know the locations of toilets en route, these could be unreliable in the current post-Corona period. Best go before you join us!

General

Other things you may want to find out about Manchester Guided Tours.

What's the difference between a Green badge and a Blue badge guide qualification?

Blue badge holders are qualified to guide the whole of the North West. Green badge guides are specialists in Manchester only.

Can I become a guide?

Sorry, but we're only open to qualified blue or green badge tour guides. The last green badge training course was in 2008 though, so sooner or later there'll be another one. If you want to put your name on a list to find out about any future training, please email info@manchesterguidedtours.com.

Do you offer talks as well as walks?

Sure thing. Subjects include Peterloo, The Co-op, Cottonopolis, Ardwick, Votes for Women, Victoria Baths, Street names, Mrs Gaskell, Lowry - and the Southern Cemetery. Please email info@manchesterguidedtours.com to find out more.