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Urbis City Tours

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Urbis City Tours presented an alternative take on Manchester. From its political history to its best pubs; its music scene to its medieval roots, visitors were invited to discover the secrets of the world’s first industrial city. 

With over 14 tours in the programme, Urbis had a tour to suit everyone, from the first time visitor to the local resident, and were a great way to entertain visiting family, friends and colleagues. 

Urbis City Tours are still available at Urbis on an advance booking basis only. Call 0161 605 8200 or email 

A selection of Urbis City Tours are highlighted below: 

Architecture and Redevelopment Tours

Introduction to Urbis – an insight into the history, architecture and development of the building 

Urbis Architecture – Looked at the buildings unique design and architectural features 

After the Cloud – Outlined how Manchester had become an international model of city centre development following the 1996 bomb 

Northern Quarter – took guests around this up and coming, bohemian area of the city 

Historic Tours

Around Cathedral Gardens – Looked at the history of this area of the city and its hidden secrets 

Religious Art – a tour of Manchester’s three city centre churches, Manchester Cathedral, St Ann’s and St Mary’s. 

Political Tours

Radical City – Revealed some of Manchester’s political heroes, from cultural and social revolutionaries to radical businessmen. 

Suffragette City – Looked at the Suffragette movement and its roots within the city of Manchester 

Music Tours

Factory Record Tour – examined the influence of Factory Records on the city, how it shaped its thinking, and affected town planning 

60s Magical Music Tour – looked at the roots of musical Manchester 

Customer feedback

This was a delightful experience…There is no doubt at all that there is both ample quality and quantity  int he offering to satisfy the most stringent officionados of tours 

– Enjoy England 

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you enormously for the tour that you conducted today. It was absolutely fascinating, interesting and challenging and enabled me to see Manchester in a whole new light. Your passion for the subject matter and for Manchester itself was obvious from your explanations. 

– Email feedback 

I commend and praise the staff of The Urbis for their excellent selection of guided tours conducted around the city of Manchester.  On Friday the 2nd of October 2009 I was fortunate enough to experience ‘The Radical Manchester Tour’ and was guided enthusiastically by one of your tour guides through the social, political and historical background of ‘Industrial Manchester’.
I’d like to state that it was wonderful to see and learn about another perspective on my home town…. I would like to further state that it’s extremely important that the diversity of your tours should continue.  The reason for this is that connections to the roots of our political and historical past fuel and inspire the ideas and ideals of our future generations….It is ideas, inspiration and vision that have made Manchester the great international city that it is today, here’s hoping that you continue with all your great work. 

– Catherine Kay 

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