Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester

Part of our Tours and Activities guide

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
Hayley Flynn

The Modern History of the Northern Quarter, 31 July–27 September 2020, from £9 - Book now

One of Manchester’s leading local place writers and tour guides is once again setting forth into the cultural nooks and crooks of the Northern Quarter. Skyliner, a.k.a. Hayley Flynn is returning to the streets this August with her highly rated anti-tour. This account of the area’s modern history and future development leaves tour guests with questions to think about and interrogates ideas of management, ownership and the responsible development of urban space.

Sustainable and thoughtful tourism

View the city centre’s street art hub through Skyliner’s unique perspective with each tour managing to find a balanced between architectural art, the people who made it happen and the stories behind each piece. It paints a very raw portrait of a place which has undergone ruthless change, with more yet to come.

Hayley fiercely promotes the local businesses along the route, donating 10% of her profit to local causes and aims to make all her tours support sustainable and thoughtful tourism.

Due to the latest social distancing guidelines spaces are limited to five people per tour, so be sure to book well in advance. Obviously this will change as the government recommendations do, so we advise that you see the latest update on the Skyliner website when you book. Animals and pets are welcome as the whole tour is outdoors. Skyliner tours run whatever the weather, so considering the changeable climate in Manchester, an umbrella or raincoat is recommended.

The Modern History of the Northern Quarter

31 July–27 September 2020
From £9

Dates and Times

  • 7 August 2020 11:00 am
  • 9 August 2020 11:00 am
  • 14 August 2020 11:00 am
  • 22 August 2020 11:00 am
  • 4 September 2020 11:00 am
  • 11 September 2020 11:00 am
  • 18 September 2020 11:00 am
  • 19 September 2020 11:00 am
  • 25 September 2020 11:00 am
  • 27 September 2020 11:00 am
  • Always double check dates and times with the venue before making a special visit