Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city. Their professional guides set off from Piccadilly Gardens at 10 am every day to run tours in English. However, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays tours also run in Spanish. Sí take you on a circular route of the city centre visiting the main sites of interest as well as some less touristic places off the beaten track. Interestingly they don’t venture into the Northern Quarter, instead, they show you a wider overview of the city rather than just one side of it. The articulate and charismatic tour guides talk about communities that have built Manchester’s culture as well as mentioning political climates that have affected areas visited en route. Sí have got the balance just right of creating a tour which is accessible and interesting for someone who may be a total newcomer to Manchester, whilst still making it thoroughly engaging for locals. You can’t help but discover something new about the city around you, whether that be a previously unvisited neighbourhood or an intriguing bit of trivia about something you walk past every day.
Sí offers a more personal take on city touring with an emphasis on showing the spirit and attitude of Manchester as well as the architecture. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the tour is told through the stories of the people relevant to each landmark, building and street. In a city such as Manchester whose culture and history are so immediate whilst walking around, it’s hard to avoid the people involved.
Sí offers a bilingual and unique perspective on the city, each tour starts at 10 am and lasts for around three hours. To escape from the Manc climate and give your feet a break they usually stop off at HOME when the tour reaches its halfway point.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.
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