Competition: WIN tickets to a Town Hall Clock Tower Tour

Polly Checkland Harding
Photo of the Town Hall with Santa out front

We’re giving away a pair of tickets for a Town Hall Clock Tower Tour with Manchester Guided Tours.

Did you know that Manchester’s Town Hall clock has been keeping time for over 130 years? Or that the hour bell, named Great Abel, is the seventh heaviest in the UK? The Town Hall is a building that has become an iconic part of Manchester’s skyline; it has featured in paintings by L.S. Lowry and Adolphe Valette – and is now the focus of a new Emily Allchurch commission that Manchester Art Gallery is currently fundraising for. It’s easy enough to give this historic building a nod of recognition as you walk by. Less often do people delve a little deeper into its past.

With Manchester Guided Tours, however, you can find out more: like the fact that Great Abel was first heard on New Years Day 1879, and that the clock was once hydropowered from a pumphouse that’s now part of the People’s History Museum. It’s also a great way of getting a unique view of the city – scale the 85 metre spiral staircase and see a circuit board of streets and buildings that, at this time of year, is lit up with Christmas markets and a very large Santa. Which is why, in collaboration with Manchester Guided Tours, we’ve decided to give away a pair of tickets for a Town Hall Clock Tower tour, on Sunday 14 December at 1pm. To enter, all you need to do is fill in your details below. Good luck!


Terms and Conditions: The winner will be the first correct entry selected at random from all correct entries received. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative given. Employees of Creative Tourist, Manchester Guided Tours, or associated companies are not eligible to enter. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date. Only one entry per person. We apologise for the fact we are unable to post prizes outside of the UK. Entrants will automatically be added to the Creative Tourist mailing list – don’t worry, we never share data and we promise not to bombard you with endless emails. Closing date: 10am Monday 24 November.

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