Occasional city walking tours looking at the alternative side of Manchester. I am not a blue badge holder so the tours are informal but informative, and the only northern tours to feature in Telegraph Travel's Incredible Street Art Tours. Alternative and independent walking tours of Manchester since 2012


Spending a couple of hours touring the Northern Quarter, I didn’t just enjoy the artwork, but I especially loved learning about the city and its more recent history through a very unique lens. I’ve been on many street art tours around the world, but this may just be one of the best.
— Matt Long, Landlopers

the modern history of the northern quarter

Our most popular and frequent tour. A two hour look at the city's vibrant Northern Quarter, tracing its recent art and social history from the 1970s to present day. Expect a journey into gentrification, public space, and social justice told through ceramic art and murals.

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follow the buddleia: part I

A symbol of neglect, or of nature triumphing against the city, let’s explore the trail of buddleia across Ancoats, Collyhurst and NOMA. We’ll use the flower to discover parts of the city you might have overlooked looking for life and stories amongst the abandoned and unloved.


THE invisible city

Our journey of psychogeography will take in strange street furniture, hidden symbols, lost rivers and forgotten art, finding meaning in our street names and discovering the incomplete or incidental parts of the city

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women of the arts

Women who’ve made waves throughout arts and culture in the city, from a theatre pioneer who studied the occult to a poet whose career was kickstarted by lithium, the world-famous musician living in an inner-city squat to the woman whose death drew thousands to a local museum.

christmas tour

These unlovely streets

The Christmas Tour.

This tours takes a look back at the weird and the unlovely events from Christmases past in Manchester. From pubs and turkey to the weird world of giants, sea creatures, and banana fever.


pomona island

Suspended between the canal and the River Irwell is an island bountiful with flora and fauna, and the legacy of industrial ruins. Hear its fascinating history, explore its nefarious underbelly, and uncover the stories buried, quite literally, beneath our feet on this concrete island.


The irwell boundary

Meandering along either side of the city's hidden waterway - the River Irwell. Explore the cultural uprising amongst the burned out pubs of Salford's Chapel Street, the Irwell Sculpture Trail, and the backside of Manchester and its alleyways.



Requests for dates or private tours welcomed.

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