Off the Cobbles Tour with Danny Collins

Part of our Tours and Activities guide

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
Off the Cobbles
Emma Boileau

Off the Cobbles Tour at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 4 January–24 February 2020, from £10 - Book now

Invisible Cities are an international social enterprise that trains people who have experienced homelessness to become tour guides of their cities. Invisible Manchester run two exceptional tours with guides Danny and Laura. Danny is a poet and social activist who shares his poetry from the published anthology Off The Cobbles, as he takes you through the streets of the Northern Quarter and city centre.

Danny tackles difficult and complicated issues, in an articulate and graceful manner

His very honest and heartfelt tour will open your eyes to the positive work being done to combat homelessness. Split into two halves, you’ll start in the centre of town visiting sites such as the Hidden Gem and St. Anns. These churches work closely with, and offer a non judgemental welcome to, those who find themselves homeless. After a short break, Danny leads you into the Northern Quarter, where he shows you a more personal side to the tour.

At each stopping point, Danny reads a piece of poetry, relating the buildings, streets or alleyways to an eye opening anecdote. His poetry uses humble language to tackle difficult and complicated issues, in an articulate and graceful manner. As you walk through the streets together, it’s impossible not to notice the warm exchanges Danny shares with police officers, friends and others, it reveals how his optimistic and open attitude towards people is reflected back at him.

Tours are around two hours long and incorporate a break between sections. The relaxed nature of Off the Cobbles allows you to drift out of the everyday and lose yourself in Danny’s version of Manchester, where hope, past suffering and beauty coexist.

Tours start from the Cenotaph in St. Peter’s square at 11 am on a Saturday and 2 pm on a Sunday, however, booking in advance is essential.


Off the Cobbles Tour at Manchester Central Library, Manchester

4 January–24 February 2020
From £10

Dates and Times

  • 4 January 2020 11:00 am
  • 5 January 2020 2:00 pm
  • 11 January 2020 11:00 am
  • 12 January 2020 2:00 pm
  • 18 January 2020 11:00 am
  • 19 January 2020 2:00 pm
  • 25 January 2020 11:00 am
  • 26 January 2020 2:00 pm
  • 1 February 2020 11:00 am
  • 5 January 2020 2:00 pm
  • Always double check dates and times with the venue before making a special visit

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