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'Discover Manchester' walking tour offers new daily service to meet demand

Manchester Guided Tours (MGT) will be offering their popular ‘Discover Manchester’ city walk on a daily basis from April to September this year.   Described as ‘the essential Manchester walk for visitors and locals alike’ each tour will begin at 11am outside Central Library (St Peter’s Square, M2 5PD), lasts 1½  – 2 hours and costs £8 per person.   

The tours will be delivered by one of MGT’s 25 professionally trained Green or Blue Badge Guides.  Manchester Guided Tours is the largest operation of its kind in the city and last year showed nearly 80,000 visitors around the Greater Manchester conurbation.    

‘Discover Manchester’ provides a taste of the historical, architectural and cultural offer in Manchester city centre, incorporating major landmarks such as Manchester’s Grade 1 listed Town Hall and the Royal Exchange Theatre.  

The tour has been going successfully for a number of years during weekends and bank holidays, with this being the first time that it will be offered on a daily basis.   

As well as attracting national and international visitors, locals too enjoy the walk, often joining in the company of visiting friends and family; they’re delighted to find they really do ‘discover’ more about their home city.   

Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester, said: “This is superb news for visitors to Manchester and comes at a time when demand for the city is growing at a phenomenal rate; with hotel occupancy at a high and Manchester’s cultural offer going from strength to strength.   

“I should point out that Greater Manchester’s tour guides already offer a wealth of fascinating walks and coach tours across a variety of organisations.  However, many of the tour operators that we deal with have been requesting a consistent daily walk for groups coming into the city.   

“I’m pleased Manchester Guided Tours is going to test the appetite for this and we wish them the very best of success.”  

Manchester’s cultural renaissance is widely reported; Manchester International Festival returns to deliver another 18 extraordinary days of new performances this summer and openings such as HOME and the extended Whitworth Gallery will guarantee more visitors to the city.  

Manchester Guided Tours was formed in 2009 and offers a range of entertaining tours including cycling trails, clock tower tours, pub walks and canal cruises to name but a few. The daily tour will run throughout the summer, until the end of September. There are plans to extend this offer throughout the year if the demand is there.

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