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.

How it works

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Who are Manchester Guided Tours?

Manchester Guided Tours is the largest group of qualified tourist guides working together in Manchester UK. We're all freelancers. Some guide nearly full time; for others it's more of a hobby.

But what we have in common is that we have all studied Manchester history, as well as the skills needed to pass our stories on to you in an entertaining and engaging way (we hope - you'll have to check our reviews!).

We work well together to operate public and private walks and tours. Together, we set up this website to publicise the work we all do. We also have a single number and email for incoming enquiries to make it easy for people to find out more and to work with us.

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Take a tour with us

Our schedule of tours is greatly reduced right now, due to the Coronavirus epidemic. But we have re-started our general tour, Discover Manchester. This is currently running every Saturday and Sunday at 1100.

You can read more about it on our Walks Calendar. Other guides will be adding more public walks as soon as they can.

You may also see Zoom Tours appearing soon. These are tours you can take part in from the comfort of your own home, over the video app Zoom.

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Booking for a tour

Currently, there are strict limits to how many people we can take out in one group, so we need you to pre-book if you would like to join any one of our tours.

Just find it in our Walks Calendar and click on the tour you're interested in doing. You can then follow a link to get booked straight away.

Don't take our word for it!

Absolutely entertaining and educational!

I am absolutely stunned how entertaining and educational this 2 hours walkabout tour is! All thanks to Eileen who took another visitor to Manchester and me around the Manchester City Centre. She was a gripping story teller who was able to hold our attention despite the traffic and pedestrians around us. Well worth the value I paid. Highly recommended to all visitors to Manchester who has a couple of hours to spare.

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Leather Traveller, Oslo, Norway

February 2020

Another great afternoon

I went on the "Historic Pubs of Manchester" walk and really enjoyed it. Although I have been on these before, Peter O'Grady always varies the venues and has a constant supply of fasinating stories to share. I am always amazed by his knowledge of Manchester and intend to go on more walks as I learn something fresh on every one.

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Anne O, Greater Manchester, UK

February 2020

A hidden gem

Fantastic walk with Emma. Learnt about Manchester’s history, economy, historic and new buildings, bee emblem and more. About two hours. Very interesting, and a great way to get oriented and learn about Manchester's hidden gems. Emma had a real energy about her passion for Manchester. Great way to spend 2 hours.

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Brett B, Blacktown, Australia

February 2020

Ann was brilliant

This walking tour was fascinating and so interesting, made all the more so by the enthusiasm and knowledge of Ann our guide. She had so many anecdotes she shared and obviously loves her city! Highly recommended.

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Jaytee, Newark, UK

February 2020

A great introduction to Manchester

A very good tour today with Pauline, learning about Manchester’s history, economy, historic and new buildings, bee emblem and more. About two hours. Very interesting, and a great way to get oriented in and learn about Manchester. Besides the “Discover Manchester” walk, this group of Blue and Green Badge guides offers many other themed walks.

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LC, Victoria, Canada

January 2020

Historic tour

We really enjoyed our tour with our local guide. She was most knowledgable about Manchester and took us to some great historic spots. Even after the tour was over she was happy to help us navigate Manchester and tell us directions. I would highly recommend this walking tour.

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Kesterss, Charleston, South Carolina, US

December 2019