Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

As Manchester International Festival shines a spotlight on our city, we’re highlighting some activities that truly reflect Manchester’s personality. With tours from our conflicted past, communities working to save much loved buildings and the innovative ways in which the city is evolving today – there’s a real flavour of civic pride in this collection of things to do.

This summer there is an occurrence so rare – it’s only happened three times in the past 26 years – as Victoria Baths opens it’s gala pool for a weekend of swimming. Bathers and spectators are welcome to enjoy the building as it was originally intended. Renowned tour guide Johnathan Schofield will be hosting guided tours as part of the MIF19, giving locals and visitors alike the chance to get into the bones of our northern metropolis.

As we arrive at the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, Manchester Guided Tours will be retracing the steps of those involved in the events of 16th August 1819. Or, for those interested in our more recent turbulent history, the Stockport Air Raid Shelter explorer tour is a must.

Finally, if you’ve reached summer and just want to chill out, try something new with Willow and Blossom’s Botanical Candle Melt workshop.

Here are our picks

More Tours & Activities

Activity 3 September 2018–2 September 2019, FREE

Whitworth Art Gallery Daily Tour

Take a closer look at some of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection while gaining a better understanding of the context in which the pieces were created. The free tours run daily from 2 pm.

Activity 22 September 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Make and feature in your own mini-documentary at IWM North.

Discover Manchester Daily Tour
Activity 6 December 2018–9 July 2019, from £10

Discover Manchester Daily Tour

The Essential Manchester Walk for locals and visitors alike. An entertaining and knowledgeable guide will show you around the city centre, giving you a taste of the history, architecture and culture and showing you the major sites, including Manchester Town Hall and the Royal Exchange.

Manchester Museum
Activity 10 January–1 July 2019, FREE

Multilingual Tours at Manchester Museum

Explore the Museum’s fascinating collection in more than just English with one of their general tours running in Spanish, Italian or Mandarin.

Little Moreton Hall
Activity 3 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Summer 2019 at Little Moreton Hall

With its beautifully charming and quirky style, Little Moreton Hall offers an iconic Tudor manor house, moat, manicured knot garden and plenty of fun activities for everyone.

Activity 27 June 2019, FREE

Thursday Late at CFCCA drop in illustration workshop with Lily Kong

See the two new provoking thought exhibitions at CFCCA whilst unleashing your own creativity in this after hours workshop.

Activity 27 June 2019, from £5

Thursday Late: Artist Talk with RAGE at CFCCA

Hear first hand from RAGE Collective artists about their current installation at CFCCA as part fo the gallery’s Thursday Lates series.

Activity 29 June 2019, FREE

CFCCA Free Guided Tour

Join the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art for their monthly guided tour where you’ll have chance to see new exhibitions, and occasionally hear from the artists themselves.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Music and movies intersect in our latest guide to cinema in Manchester and the North.

Exhibitions

Like the 58th Venice Biennale which opened earlier this May, our latest pick of exhibitions across the north also has a strong ecological bent.

Quays Culture Summer Festival

Families

We can almost smell the summer and have sniffed out the best family things to do in Manchester and across the North.

Poet Rebecca Tamás at That's What She Said.

Literature

We’re in full festival swing with MIF’s first focus on live literature, and plenty of poetry and prose cropping up in the ‘burbs.

Music

Some of the world’s most exciting producers are heading to Manchester and the north in the coming months. Read about them here.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

Packed with experimental festival performances, an award-winning musical, feisty standup comedy and much more…it’s our new theatre guide.

Hatch

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

Things to do right now

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Little Moreton Hall
Activity 3 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Summer 2019 at Little Moreton Hall

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Activity 22 May–24 July 2019, FREE

Adult Skateboard Lessons at Projekts MCR

Activity 7 May–7 December 2019, FREE

National Football Museum Guided Tours

Activity 26 March–26 November 2019, from £17

Tours of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and The Pankhurst Centre

Activity 26 March–23 July 2019, from £9.50

Taste of The Monastery at Gorton Monastery

Activity 31 March–28 July 2019, from £3.50

Guided Tours at Ordsall Hall

Activity 3 April–30 October 2019, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Activity 1 December 2018–3 July 2019, from £12

The Runaway Brewery – Tour & Tasting

Discover Manchester Daily Tour
Activity 6 December 2018–9 July 2019, from £10

Discover Manchester Daily Tour

Manchester Museum
Activity 10 January–1 July 2019, FREE

Multilingual Tours at Manchester Museum

Activity 22 September 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Activity 3 September 2018–2 September 2019, FREE

Whitworth Art Gallery Daily Tour