Skyliner: Modern History of the Northern Quarter Tour

Part of our Tours and Activities guide

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
Hayley Flynn

The Modern History of the Northern Quarter at Shudehill Metrolink Station, Manchester, Until 12 July 2020, from £9 - Book now

Walk the Northern Quarter with Skyliner and learn about the area’s history through its eclectic street art. The tour takes a sideways look at the rapid changes the streets have been through post gentrification. Whether you are someone who has lived in Manchester for years or just visiting, this tour will send you away knowing much more about the city’s creative quarter.

artistic architecture will make anyone feel like they’re seeing the place for the first time

Skyliner (aka Hayley Flynn) has been developing tours for years and The Modern History of the Northern Quarter has evolved as drastically as the Northern Quarter itself. Hayley has a talent for making people look up and pay attention to the places around them, whether it’s for the sake of a stunning mural or examining the political message behind it. Every street you walk down has a very human story which often goes unnoticed.

Historical past considered, walking through the backstreets of Tib Street and Stevenson Square in pursuit of murals, poetry, installations and architecture will make you feel like you’re seeing the place for the first time. Tours vary depending on what’s happening on the day – ours involved a delicious doughnut from one of the cafés en route.

You can find Skyliner’s two-hour tours starting at 11 am near Shudehill Metrolink on selected dates. This year Hayley will be bringing back a Follow the Buddleia tour, this will trace the plant along its path through the city centre whilst discussing whether it is a symbol of neglect or nature reclaiming the land. Keep an eye on Skyliner blog and website for more details, it’s an engaging read to put it mildly.

This tour runs twice a month. Dates vary so please check the website.

The Modern History of the Northern Quarter at Shudehill Metrolink Station, Manchester

Reoccurring dates
From £9

Dates and Times

  • 14 February 2020 11:00 am
  • 21 February 2020 11:00 am
  • 22 February 2020 11:00 am
  • 25 February 2020 11:00 am
  • 28 February 2020 11:00 am
  • 8 March 2020 11:00 am
  • 25 March 2020 11:00 am
  • 12 April 2020 11:00 am
  • 25 April 2020 11:00 am
  • 14 June 2020 11:00 am
  • 12 July 2020 11:00 am
  • Always double check dates and times with the venue before making a special visit

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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