The Art & History of Manchester

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Hanbury Hall

Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – visit a carefully selected property such as the National Trust’s Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire, a beautiful William and Mary-style house built in 1701 by Thomas Vernon and home to a fine array of Hercules rooms and a magnificent recently restored staircase – continue to the centrally located 4* Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Manchester for a four night stay with a welcome dinner on the first night and the remaining nights on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2 - Guided tour of Manchester, Chetham’s Library & backstage tour of The Royal Exchange Theatre

Guided tour of Manchester, taking in sights such as the interior of the Town Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Cathedral, whose interior includes some of the finest late medieval woodwork in the north of England – guided tour of Chetham’s Library, founded in 1653 and the oldest public library in the English speaking world – a backstage tour of The Royal Exchange Theatre, a seven sided, glass walled capsule suspended from huge marble pillars and situated in The Great Hall of the historic Victorian Cotton Exchange buildings, takes in the hall, the production department, dressing rooms and the Studio.

Day 3 - Whitworth Art Gallery, The Lowry & Salford Quays

Guided tour of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s impressive range of watercolours, prints, drawings, modern art and sculpture, as well as the largest collections of textiles and wallpapers outside London – The Lowry is set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays and the guided tour explores the biggest public collection of works by LS Lowry with around 350 paintings and drawings, ranging across Lowry's artistic career – further time at leisure at Salford Quays and you may choose to visit the nearby Imperial War Museum North, an award winning building by international architect Daniel Libeskind.

Day 4 - Dunham Massey & Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate

The National Trust’s Dunham Massey is an elegant Georgian mansion with a sumptuous Edwardian interior filled with a fine collection of paintings, furniture and Huguenot silver – the National Trust’s Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate near Wilmslow is a restored Georgian cotton mill telling the story of ‘King Cotton’ from a bale of raw cotton to finished cloth, and the original Apprentice House recreates the 1830s atmosphere of the lives of child workers.

Day 5 - Compton Verney

En route home visit a carefully selected place of interest such as Compton Verney in Warwickshire, a Grade 1 listed Robert Adam mansion with an outstanding collection of British, Neopolitan, Germanic and Chinese paintings – return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Tour Features

4* central Manchester hotel

Welcome dinner

All excursions & guided tours included

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

Guided tour of Manchester

Chetham’s Library - guided tour

Backstage tour of The Royal Exchange Theatre

Whitworth Art Gallery - guided tour

The Lowry & Salford Quays

Dunham Massey

Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate

Compton Verney, Warwickshire



Four nights at the 4* centrally located Marriott Renaissance Hotel. Centrally located near Manchester’s shopping district, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and a bar. Dinner is served at the hotel the first night and the remaining three nights are on bed and breakfast basis. All rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington - an excellent collection of 19th century oil paintings and the finest collection of Tiffany Glass outside of America
  • Guided tour of Liverpool, the 2008 European Capital of Culture   
  • Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool - works by Rembrandt, Poussin and Degas, 20th century works by Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Gilbert and George and one of the most important sculpture collections outside London
  • Tatton Park, Knutsford - an opulently decorated early 19th century house sitting amid a landscaped deer park with the theme of Victorian grandeur extending into the garden

Tour Reviews

Reviews for The Art & History of Manchester

Date of tour: September 2016

Tailored Travel gave us an action-packed schedule and sent us to some quality places. Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham can rival London in many respects. The guides in the galleries were excellent and enthusiastic. All praised the hotel - and as for our driver... I have sent Lyn a text saying several of you have asked for her on our next expedition.

SE, Farnborough

Date of tour: March 2014

On behalf of all the members of our Society I would like to thank you for organising a superb tour for us. All aspects of the visit were perfect, the coach and driver, the hotel and staff, the venues and guides. I have sent thank you emails to the Royal Exchange, Chethams Library, the Lowry and the Haworth Gallery but please will you pass on our thanks to Sibby, our enthusiastic and informative Green Badge Guide to Manchester, to Will, our driver, and the Coach Company and to the staff at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel. Our rooms (though a few did complain of being cold), the dinner and breakfast were excellent.

SB, Llandudno

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Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • with more (or less) dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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020 7064 4970
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