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Discover surprising things about Manchester with a summer of new tours

Think you know Manchester? Think again as new walking, taxi, bus and canal tours reveal hidden sides to the city.

Rob Martin
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Rob Martin

We're out and about again after a tricky year, especially for tourism, and looking for things to do in Manchester, whether it's a visit to a gallery, a nice afternoon in a beer garden or a visit to some of the city's great attractions.

So far, so familiar.

Now, a bunch of new summer tours is set to take you on journeys through the city and beyond, revealing all sorts of things you never knew and some hidden places you had no idea were there.

As part of a return to normality, this is all part of a drive towards welcoming back tourists to the city after the long Covid drought but these 5 summertime tours are perfect if you're a visitor or a local.

So grab your pals and go exploring. 

The best new Manchester tours this summer

The good people at Scranchester have been doing food and drink tours of Manchester since 2017 but this one concentrates specifically on Ancoats and all of the tasty treats on offer there. Quite right too as Ancoats is now the city's foremost foodie hotspot. You'll learn about the history of the area and how it became such a focus for the city's best food. Sound tasty?


Born and bred Mancunian John Consadine has been sharing his extensive knowledge of the city for years via his black cab tours. He's added 2 more for this summer. You can now enjoy an Afternoon Tea taxi tour and have hunger satiated by Bury’s iconic Slattery Pâtissier and Chocolatier. Or you might opt for the Manchester United tour, including a visit to the club and various parts of the city connected to the team. Goal!

A walking tour of Bridgewater Canal through picturesque Worsley reveals underground secrets and the rich history of how the village is build on a coal seam. And if you're hungry after your exploration of buried canals, fear not, cake awaits you at the end of the tour!


The opening of RHS Garden Bridgewater has prompted Sightseeing Manchester to offer a daily shuttle from the city centre to the new garden, but this is just one of many ways to enjoy the open-top bus experience. There are twelve stops on the hop-on, hop-off tour, so there's plenty to discover and your tickets is valid over 2 days.

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