Private Manchester Self-Guided Tour

Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Manchester

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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Manchester
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Forget about crowds, schedules or lines! With this self-guided experience, your smartphone is your new private guide.

Stroll around Manchester at your own pace, having the opportunity to take astonishing pictures and enter any attraction you fancy.

You will learn about Manchester's history; from when it was founded as a Roman Fort until it became the amazing city it is today. As you walk through these streets, you will learn about its industrial past, encompassed mostly through its innumerable canals and storehouses all over. You will also learn the role this city played (and still plays) in football, culture, music, art, science, architecture, international relationships and even war; where you’ll get to know every important figure in this tale. Plus, you get a unique list of recommendations so you get the most out of your visit.

PS: when booking, you will get an email with instructions and a code for using our app (a different code from your booking reference number!).

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: A Monument To Vimto, Vimto Park, Manchester M1 7AB England

Here is where the tour starts. This is the first stop of 18! You will get a brief description of the whole tour and particularly at this stop, you will discover the amazing history behind the most famous soft drink the North has ever made, which was originally produced in this location.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Alan Turing Memorial, Fairfield Street Sackville Park, Manchester M1 3HB England

In this stop, we will tell you who was Alan Turing and why was (and still is) so important for the city. Also, you will learn some practical things about Sackville Gardens and all its monuments. You will start to get some perspective of the Gay Village and all its past in Manchester.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Gay Village, Canal Street, Manchester England

We will guide you around this beautiful and emblematic area of Manchester to teach you all about its history. Strolling around Canal Street you will hear about the dark past of the street and how people helped to turn the odds and worked to build the lovely sidewalk it is today.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Chinatown, Manchester England

Walk around the archway and discover the amazing shops and restaurants of this ethnic enclave. You will learn who's city is Manchester twin in China and why the archway was built here.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St Peters Square, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS England

We will guide you through the famous St Peter Square and you will learn everything you need to know about this place and its emblematic buildings: Manchester Central Library, the oldest free library in the country; The Midland Hotel, one of the first luxury hotels in the north; Manchester Town Hall, one of the most beautiful town hall in the country; and more. You will also hear every exciting story that happened here in the past and understand why it is called St Peter Square.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS England

Discover the incredible Bridgewater Hall and all its surrounding area charged with vivid history. We will also tell you two of the north's most horrible stories that happened in the past that haunts citizens until today: The first in 1819 and the second in 1963, both in the premises of Manchester Central Station.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Royal Exchange Theatre, St. Anns Square, Manchester M2 7DH England

Here you will learn all about the Cotton Industry, how it developed so strongly in Manchester and what were the consequences for the city. You will understand the pivotal role that this building played in the industrial past of Manchester. Here, we will tell you the story of the IRA Bomb as well and how it affected the entire city.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Shambles, Cateaton Street, Manchester M3 1SX England

Definitely the most beautiful square around the city centre. Here you will see the oldest pub in town and learn about its history, so you understand why it is typically full (and relatively cheap). Also, you will learn about the boom of the cotton industry and how it made an opportunity to exploit the trade of other markets through the Royal Corn Exchange (another astonishing building in this square).

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Manchester Cathedral, Of Deansgate Victoria Street Off Deansgate, Manchester M3 1SX England

We will guide you around the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Manchester, the seat of the Bishop of Manchester and the city's parish church. Manchester Cathedral is one of the many emblems of the city, and it's a must-visit for every passer-by.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH England

Discover one of the best-kept secrets of Manchester, and probably one of the nicest libraries in the country, the Harry Potterish - John Rylands Library. We will tell you everything you need to know about this extraordinary building, which is grace is on the inside, so if you have time our recommendation is to venture inside.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, Beaufort Street, Manchester England

In our final stop, you will learn about the beggings of the city: its Roman Heritage. Feel like a roman exploring the reconstructed buildings of this amazing park. You will learn why the city is called Manchester. Then, we will let you stroll around the beautiful canals of Deansgate with a list of recommendations for things to do and places to eat around the city.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Guardian Telephone Exchange, 55 George St, Manchester M1 4LX, UK

Another interesting landmark of this area is The Guardian Telephone Exchange, called the "Best kept secret in Manchester". We'll help you unveil this secret hiding in plain sight.

Pass By: The Midland, 16 Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS, UK

Discover the magnificent landmark of the city centre, The Midland Hotel, which has been part of life in Manchester for over 118 years, is worldwide renown for its beautiful architecture. We will tell you all about it, plus some incredible stories that have happened here during the years.

Pass By: Manchester Central Library, Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD England

Hop into the legacy of what once was the first public lending and reference library of the UK, provided by Manchester local council after the passing of the Public Libraries Act 1850. Of course, this isn't the original building, but we will tell you everything about its history and how it became the beautiful Greek structure it is today.

Stop At: Manchester Central, Windmill Street Petersfield, Manchester M2 3GX England

What now is a convention centre, once was used as Manchester Central Train Station by The Midland Railway. Join us to discover everything that happened in this place, from one of the worst massacres the north has ever seen (before the train even existed) to the mysterious story behind a suitcase left in this same station in 1965.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: The Corn Exchange 62 High Street, Much Wenlock TF13 6AE England

Come to discover what once was one of the most exciting market exchanges around the north, where the commercialization of other goods thrived thanks to the cotton industry in the city. The first Corn Exchange was built on this site in 1837 and we will tell you how it became a Listed Building which now houses a Food Court, a Hotel and more.

Pass By: The Old Wellington, 4 Cathedral Gates, Greater, Manchester M3 1SW, UK

Discover probably the most famous and oldest pub in the city centre: The Old Wellington and Sinclair's Oyster Bar. Once famous for housing John Shaw's Punch House, during this tour you will understand why so many people visit this Pub on a daily basis.

  • 3 weeks unlimited access to this Self-Guided Tour on the app
  • Map, directions, GPS route and stops of each tour
  • Jake will guide you through an audio guide (no computer-generated voice!)
  • Audio guide, videos, pictures, recommendations and all the info you need
  • You will get an email with instructions to activate your tour (booking reference isn't the code!)

  • In-person Guide
  • Any entrance fee for the attractions mentioned during the tour
  • Entry/Admission - Manchester Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - The John Rylands Library
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • You must need to download this app, once your booking is confirmed for you to enjoy the tour:
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • This is a private self-guided tour so please follow the safety guidelines of the NHS.
Departure Point

Vimto Park, Manchester M1, UK

Departure Time

Private Manchester Self-Guided Tour
11/19/2021 - 12/27/2023

Monday - Sunday : 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Return Details

Castlefield Bowl, Rice St, Manchester M3 4JR, UK

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


2 to 3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


24 Oct, 2022

A good overview of some of the sites of Manchester. Not the greatest app I’ve used for these kinds of tours, others give you better directions. The guide was clearly reading someone else’s tour as given some of the “interesting” pronunciations he had never heard some of these words out loud before. Not the most interesting narration to listen to but it did the job.


27 May, 2022

The tour of Manchester was amazing. We could explore the city at our own pace. I highly recommend the tours and I am looking forward to visiting more cities with Pandemic tours.


09 Feb, 2022

I completed the self-guided tour in Liverpool and really enjoyed my experience. It helped me discover another side to a city I thought I knew, and I enjoyed my time navigating the proposed landmarks and going through the Ropewalks. Thanks for a fun day trip!


27 Jan, 2022

Gone are the days of following a guide around holding a umbrella above their heads. This was an extremely relaxed way of doing a city tour which I wouldn't normally do but will use the app again when we visit Chester on our next city visit.


26 Dec, 2021

It was a great walking tour letting us discover Manchester at our own pace and letting us spend less/more time at places based on our interests! All the main sights were included with great details. Interesting info videos about the sights, audio narration were very good as well as the given text for each place. Loved the recommendations, too! I highly recommend Pandemic Tours and, am looking forward to discovering more cities with it.

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Terrific app and experience!


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