Behind-the-scenes tours of Town Hall extended

New tours enabling people to experience rarely-seen parts of Manchester's magnificent Town Hall have been announced, ahead of its temporary closure in January 2018 for major works.

The extra dates have been added after tickets for the initial run of dates were quickly snapped up.

The tours, run by professional Blue and Green Badge guides and subsidised by the council, give Manchester residents and visitors to the city a chance to explore some of the amazing and less frequently seen heritage features of the Grade I-listed building, which is renowned internationally as one of the most important examples of Gothic revival architecture.

Visitors will experience highlights including the courtyard – a favoured location for film-makers, thanks to its 19th century cobbles and leaded windows - a display cabinet containing the silver dinner set used at the Town Hall’s official opening in 1877, plus ‘back-stage’ areas including the building’s Second World War air-raid shelters.

The Town Hall will be closing to the public from January 2018 to allow the completion of the Our Town Hall project, which will safeguard, repair and partially restore the building.

Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “These tours offer an unmissable opportunity to learn more about the incredible history and beautiful heritage features of Manchester Town Hall, ahead of its temporary closure in January.  

“If you’re planning to come to the Christmas Markets this year, then taking this tour of our cherished Town Hall would be the perfect way to round off a great day out in Manchester.”

 

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant