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Midland Hotel1


• It’s where Rolls met Royce.
• It’s where Churchill scoffed 16 oysters and a bottle of champagne – and that was before dinner.
• It’s the famous Edwardian railway hotel built on the site of the house from where the magistrates sent the troops into the Peterloo Massacre and the site of the concert hall where Chopin was slow-handclapped.
• Hear the history, soak in the sleek style and lounge in its luxurious locations. Then, when the tour’s over, take tea and tiffin or a tipple in the Octagon bar. What a great way of spending an hour or so!
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Manchester, US style

WELCOME TO MANCHESTER: Daily tour at 10.45am

This tour is the big one for anybody new to the city or just looking to be refreshed at parts you have reached before.

“Welcome to Manchester” is the ideal walk – a taster, a teaser, a trip through town on a timeless tourist trail.

It’s a best of everything, taking in the old and the new, the ancient and the artful, the glamorous and the glorious.

* The tour has been devised by official Manchester tour guide Ed Glinert, author of Penguin’s Manchester Compendium and the forthcoming Manchester Encyclopaedia.
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If you don’t fancy a walk, book us for a talk!

Ed Glinert is back giving talks with a monthly slot at Central Library and regular dates at Manchester Cathedral, so book him for your social club, U3A group, Probus set, National Trust outfit or local history society to give an illustrated talk on one of a huge variety of subjects:
* Peterloo
* 10 Manchester Inventions That Shook the World
* The Pankhursts
* Manchester’s “Stolen” Architecture
* Marx & Engels in Manchester…
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Clock Tower


We’re delighted to be able to announce that the Town Hall managers have kindly given us some dates for imminent tours. Meet at the Midland Hotel except Sun 30 Oct.
* Wed 26 Oct, 1.30pm.
* Sun 30 Oct, 1.30pm. The Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the Art Gallery followed by the Town Hall Murals in detail. Meet at the Art Gallery.
* Tue 1 Nov, 1.30pm.
* Sun 6 Nov, 1.30pm.
* Sat 12 Nov, 1.30pm.
* Mon 21 Nov, 1.30pm.
* Thu 24 Nov, 1.30pm.
* Mon 28 Nov, 1.30pm.
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Ancoats mills

Ancoats: Workshop of the World – SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER

Next tour: Sat 17 September 2016.
Meet: Outside the Band on the Wall, 2pm.

Industry began in Ancoats, a factory hoot from Manchester city centre. In 1700 this had been a semi-rural enclave by the river Medlock, Ancoats Hall home to the lords of the Manchester manor. By 1800 this was a teeming, squalid suburb, blackened with soot, deafened with the noise of thundering machinery, the smell of belching smoke hanging in the air.

The conditions were shocking: the noise of thundering machinery, suffocating air, high accident rates and notorious employment practices at the expense of an emaciated, underpaid workforce slave-driven for unsustainably long hours amidst disease, darkness, damp and desperate heat, living in dingy streets of tiny workers’ houses, jerry-built two-up two down brick boxes standing back-to-back so that as many properties as possible could be squeezed into the smallest of spaces.

The late 20th century saw Ancoats die. The mills shut, the workshops wound down, the canal almost dried up. Now it’s all cleaned up. The mills are modern workshops; the factories smart apartments, while new developments such as the much lauded New Islington project with its funkily named Chips Building and Dutch-styled houses are attracting investment…
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The Pankhursts: Suffragette City – SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER

• Christabel: suffragette icon, arrested at the Free Trade Hall, locked in Strangeways.

• Sylvia: suffragette icon, joshed with Lenin, befriended Haile Selassie. MI5 called her “the tiresome Miss Sylvia Pankhurst”.

• Emmeline: suffragette icon, Independent Labour Party campaigner, Tory Party candidate (not at the same time).

Walk in the footsteps of the family who won women the vote on Saturday 8 October.
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Trade & Group Travel:

The Glories & Stories of Manchester – Coach Tour

City sights include the world’s first railway station and the Bridgewater Canal. The glorious Manchester Town Hall, the striking gothic style of John Rylands Library, the University area and the fascinating Gorton Monastery.

East to Sportcity developed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games including the Etihad Stadium of Manchester City FC and the Manchester Velodrome home to Team GB Cycling. West to Old Trafford and the 75000 seater stadium of Manchester United FC, finally to the unique waterside redevelopment of the old docks The Quays.

Spectacular water views and stunning contemporary architecture of Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry Arts centre. The flagship Media CityUK northern home of the BBC, ITV and the new Coronation Street studios. All sitting on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal the last great engineering feat of the Victorian era.

Tours can be tailored to include a lunch stop, tours of Manchester City FC & Manchester United Stadium, the Velodrome or the BBC Studios, at extra cost and subject to availability.
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How To Attend Our Walks, Tours, Talks, Cruises

We have a new system in place for the autumn and winter and details of our walks, tours, talks and cruises are on-line only.

To find out what’s on and when, please go to our Calendar or you can head to our Walks & Tours tab

PLEASE PLEASE make sure you check the website a day in advance in case of unavoidable late changes.
Read on for further information and for whether or not you need to book to go on our walks and tours.
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