This tour covers everything you ever wanted to know about this grandest of Gothic Gormenghasts – the architecture, the art, the politics, people and the passion.
You'll visit the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Banqueting Hall and original council chamber, the courtyard with its huge overawing walls of blackened stone and antiquated cobbled passages, and the magnificent Great Hall, described by the great art critic John Ruskin as the “finest Gothic apartment in Europe”.
Here amid the statues, stained glass and shields the tour finishes on a high with a look at the 12 murals of Manchester history painted 1879-93 by Ford Madox Brown, mentor to the Pre-Raphaelites.
Tours lead by Manchester Guided Tours and New Manchester Walks
Tour starting point: Midland Hotel steps, Peter Street, M60 2DS