Manchester Music Walking Tour

Quick Details
Availability: Saturdays (January – December) Excluding July
Ages: Adult Only
Duration: 1 ¾ hours
Tour Type: Public and Private Tour
Starting Location: Your guide will meet you outside The Bridgewater Hall Lower Mosley Street Manchester M2 3WS
End Location: 300m from the start location at Castlefield Gallery

Manchester Music Walking Tour

The Manchester Music Walking Tour takes you on a journey through the city's rich musical history. Led by an expert guide, you'll visit iconic venues such as the Hacienda and the Free Trade Hall, and learn about the city's famous bands including The Smiths, Joy Division, and Oasis. The tour is a must for any music fan visiting Manchester.

Tour Highlights

  • Guided tour with a local music expert
  • Visits sites from musicians including The Smiths, Oasis, New Order, Joy Division and many more
  • See sites in Manchester not normally visited on the tourist trail

Manchester is a city steeped in musical history, with a vibrant scene that has produced some of the most iconic bands in the world. From The Smiths to Oasis, Joy Division to The Stone Roses, Manchester has played a pivotal role in shaping the British music landscape. The Manchester Music Walking Tour is the perfect way to explore this rich cultural heritage.

Led by an expert guide with an encyclopedic knowledge of Manchester’s music scene, the tour takes you on a journey through the city’s musical history, visiting iconic venues and landmarks along the way. The tour typically lasts around 1 ¾ hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles.

The tour visits the Northern Quarter, a bohemian area of the city known for its independent boutiques, street art and music venues. You will also see where the legendary Hacienda nightclub once stood. The Hacienda was once the epicentre of Manchester’s post-punk and acid-house scenes, along with the Free Trade Hall, where Bob Dylan famously went electric in 1966.

Other notable stops on the tour include the former home of Factory Records, the record label that launched Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, and the Salford Lads Club, immortalized in The Smiths’ famous album cover for The Queen Is Dead. Fans of Oasis will also enjoy a visit to the boardwalk in the heart of the city, where the Gallagher brothers famously posed for a photo shoot early in their career.

Along the way, the guide will share fascinating stories and trivia about the bands, venues and people that shaped Manchester’s musical history. You’ll learn about the city’s punk and post-punk scenes, the rise of the Madchester rave scene in the late 1980s, and the impact that Manchester’s musical heritage has had on popular culture around the world.

The Manchester Music Walking Tour is a must for any music fan visiting the city. With its rich cultural heritage, iconic venues and legendary bands, Manchester is a city that has truly earned its place in the pantheon of great music cities.

What’s Included

  • 1 ¾ hour music-themed walking tour of Manchester.
  • Knowledgeable, approachable & fun guide

What’s Excluded

  • Gratuities

What To Bring

  • Consider layers of clothing
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes

Good To Know

  • English language tour
  • Download the Spotify playlist for the tour here

How long is the route?

  • The tour is approximately 1.5 miles long.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

  • The tour is not suitable for a wheelchair due to the pavements and uneven surfaces on the route. British Sign Language is not provided on the tour.

Do children need to be accompanied?

  • All people under 18 (i.e. 17 years old and younger) must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 years or over) on all tours

Is the tour suitable for children?

  • Yes
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Public Tour
Adult£20
Private Tour
Groups of 1 - 10 persons£225
Groups of 11 - 35 persons£290

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