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Invisible Manchester Tours

Experience Manchester in a truly unique way! Invisible Manchester Tours are a social enterprise that offers friendly walking tours by tour guides who have experienced homelessness. Each tour guide chooses their own theme and builds their own tour to include history, local knowledge, social projects and personal stories.

Costs: £11 per person

Tour for ESA delegates available to book on:
Danny's Tour on Wednesday 21st at 12:45 - 13:45 | click here to book this tour
Danny's Tour on Thursday 22nd at 19:30 - 20:30 | click here to book this tour
Laura's Tour on Friday 23rd at 12:45 - 13:45 | click here to book this tour

Password: Invisiblemcr
(these tours are reserved for ESA 2019 delegates which is why you need to enter the password)

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University of Manchester Tour

The rise of a university: industry, engineering and science (Heritage Tour) - This tour takes visitors on a journey from the height of the industrial revolution to the white heat of 1960s scientific and technological innovation. Our guides explain the history of the Manchester Mechanics’ Institution founded by eleven successful merchants in 1824 to enable workers to acquire a basic education.
The tour takes places around one of Manchester’s oldest industrial sites and leads visitors from the fine architecture of the Sackville building, invested with civic pride, through to the postwar modernist structures exemplifying progress and possibility.

FREE tour - Book here for the 21st or 24th August - both at 13:00


Experience and Enjoy


Manchester Pride

Dates: From Friday 23 August – Monday 26 August

Friday 23 August 2019 – Semi-Plenary 11 “Sexual Citizenship in Europe and Beyond” at The Bridgewater Hall
with Greg Thorpe, Project Manager for Superbia, the year-round programme of culture from Manchester Pride

Saturday 24 August 2019 – The Parade
The Manchester Pride Parade is one of The Festival's most highly anticipated events, with thousands of people marching proudly together through the streets of Manchester in front of tens of thousands of supporters cheering them along the way.



Peterloo Anniversary Weekend

Dates: From Friday 16 August – Sunday 18 August 2019 there will be activities taking place across Greater Manchester to mark the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.

On 16th August 1819, 60,000 people gathered on what was then known as St Peter’s Field in Manchester to peacefully demand the reform of parliamentary representation. When troops, including local government forces, charged the crowds, the tragic result saw 18 people lose their lives and around 700 injured. This was to become known as the Peterloo Massacre.
Peterloo symbolises public protest, the struggle for democracy and the fight against political repression, at a time when such was the need for economic, social and political reform that ordinary people in numbers never seen before took to the streets.



Visit and See


Chetham’s Library
come visit the desk at which Marx and Engels worked in 1845!

Chetham's Library
Long Millgate
Manchester M3 1SB
tel. 0161 834 7961


Timed admissions for visitors
Mon-Fri 10:00 | 11:00 | 12:00 | 14:00 | 15:00 | 16:00

Please gather at the Long Millgate entrance, and a guide will bring you over to the Library. Entry to the Library is free, but we ask for a suggested minimum donation of £3.


Pankhurst Centre
The Pankhurst Centre is an iconic site of women's activism, past and present. Emmeline Pankhurst and her family lived at number 62 Nelson Street from 1898 until 1907, and the first meeting of the movement that became known as the suffragettes took place in the parlour of this house!

The Pankhurst Centre
60-62 Nelson Street
Manchester, M13 9WP


The volunteer-run Pankhurst Centre museum is open to visitors on Thursdays from 10am-4pm, and on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 1-4pm. All are welcome. Entry is free, but we ask that those that can donate to the Pankhurst Trust to ensure the future of this important place.