Southern Cemetery Guided ToursCarmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
The Southern Cemetery is one of Manchester’s lesser known gems. Dating back to the 1800’s the people buried here are gathered from all walks of life. Infamous characters associated with business, music, aviation, art and sport have all been laid to rest in this tranquil oasis just outside of Chorlton. Join Emma Fox in a celebration of these people’s lives and the contributions they made to society and Manchester in their time on Earth. During the tour, you will have a chance to see the resting places of L. S. Lowry, Tony Wilson and Matt Busby, as well as visiting the grave of the domestic servant who was the first person to be buried at the site. You will hear both the histories of the people you visit as well as the myths and local gossip surrounding them, giving you a detailed and personal look into their lives. During November the tours have a particular focus on remembrance, however, they run throughout the year.
The cemetery is a very peaceful and calm place. It offers an escape from the noise of an active city and the busy nature of our lives. Emma will guide you through some of the striking and impressive grave stones while also talking about the pauper’s graves dating back to the Victorian era and touching slightly on how we are still in need of these services today. This is a tour which allows you to hit pause and reflect on life, lead by someone who is truly passionate and thoroughly knowledgeable about the Cemetery. Emma’s tour lasts for 2 hours and starts at the main Cemetery gates. Be sure not to go to the crematorium, a mistake which is often made. The tour is part of Manchester Guided Tour’s programme, they are a group of guides offering unique perspectives on the city. Head to Emma’s Show Me Manchester facebook page to find out times and dates of the next tours.