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Manchester Walking Tours

Contact e-architect for your walking guide on +44 1620 825722 / isabelle(at)e-architect.co.uk

Manchester Architecture Tours: Exclusive Guided Walks

Our Manchester guided tours are all tailored to suit each booking, we do not allow for bookings to be joined. Our guided tours in Lancashire are all exclusive to each client.

Should you be planning an office trip, a conference, or university trip in North-West England please contact us and we would be happy to take your booking.

Manchester Architecture – Introduction

The city is located in the north west of England, on the River Irwell. The city is famous for historic architecture such as the Manchester Town Hall, Hilton Hotel Manchester – Beetham Tower, the Imperial War Museum North, Lowry Centre (in Salford, the adjacent city), Piccadilly Gardens redevelopment, Trinity Bridge, Civil Justice Centre and Manchester Science Museum building.

The Whitworth Gallery Extension in Manchester
Design: MUMA, architects
The Whitworth Gallery Extension
photograph : Alan Williams Photography

Chetham’s Music School Building
Design: Stephenson: ISA Studio
Chetham’s Music School Building
photograph © Daniel Hopkinson

Famous architects with buildings in the city include Santiago Calatrava, Daniel Libeskind, Tadao Ando, Mecanoo, Ian Simpson Architects, Denton Corker Marshall Architects. Other key architects with work in the city include Alsop Architects, Hodder + Partners, BDP, Arup Associates, Benoy and Aedas. Historic architects with work in the city include Alfred Waterhouse and Basil Champneys.

Manchester Civil Justice Centre west city centre
Design: Denton Corker Marshall Architects
Manchester Civil Justice Centre building
photograph : Tim Griffith

Manchester Arts & Cultural Centre
Design: Mecanoo
Home Manchester arts centre
photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

The city is easily walkable with lots of good new public spaces. There is a tram system but it is limited in coverage, cutting diagonally across the city centre. We would suggest a 3 to 4 hour walking tour to get a feel of the city but with so many major buildings a day’s visit is recommended.

Manchester Town Hall in the centre of the city
Manchester Town Hall
photograph © AW

If you only have one day to spare we suggest seeing the major city centre buildings, namely the historic Town Hall by Waterhouse, the new Picadilly Gardens design by world-famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando, Manchester Civil Justice Centre by DCM and Urbis by Ian Simpson Architects. Along the way you can take in the delightful Victorian Barton Arcade, the large circular Central Library building, the conference centre (located in a massive converted railway station), the concert hall by RHWL, the Deansgate apartments by Ian Simpson and the intriguing Hilton Tower.

Imperial War Museum North at Trafford Quays, quite far west of the city centre
Design: Daniel Libeskind
Imperial War Museum Building
picture © AW

If you have two days available in Manchester we suggest you also take time to visit the industrial heritage of the city in Castlefield, a lovely coming together of canals and railway bridges, with a sprinkling of pubs and cafes and a few contemporary style interventions.
Also worth a visit is the area to the north of Picadilly Station where there is housing from the early 21st century by FAT architects.
Between New Islington and the city centre is Oldham Street which contains record and clothes shops, and the Dry 201 bar which was designed by Ben Kelly. His Hacienda nightclub no longer exists, but recorded only in the title of the apartments on its site.

Hilton Hotel building
Manchester Hilton Hotel
picture © AJW

The Manchester University area is about 15 minutes walk south down Oxford Road and has a real mix of buildings. The Whitworth Art Gallery and the main Victorian buildings are of interest.

Manchester Architecture Tours : key buildings to visit in the city.

Some recent architecture from 2015-16:

Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union Building
Design: FCBStudios
Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union
photo : Hufton & Crow

National Graphene Institute Manchester Building
Design: Jestico + Whiles
National Graphene Institute Manchester
image from architect

Manchester Architecture Walking Tours

Manchester Architecture Tours can provide an introduction to the city’s key buildings or it can focus on say contemporary architecture or for example museum buildings. e-architect can assist in preparing a good itinerary for your group.

Manchester Central Library building
Manchester Library
picture © AW

Manchester Walking Tours

Contact e-architect to arrange your architectural tour in Manchester on
+44 (0) 1620 825722 / mob. +44 (0)7952 149814 / isabelle(at)e-architect.co.uk

The Point – new building at Old Trafford Cricket Ground
The Point Old Trafford
photo : BDP © David Barbour

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Manchester Hilton
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Hilton Hotel Manchester – Beetham Tower, west city centre
Design: Ian Simpson Architects
Manchester Hilton Hotel
photograph © Isabelle Lomholt

Piccadilly Gardens in the centre of the city
Design: EDAW + Tadao Ando Architect
Piccadilly Gardens Manchester
photograph © webbaviation

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