We are so happy to welcome you back on our tours. All guides will respect safe distances still and we are currently limiting numbers of guests for each of them.
However our Virtual tours are still running! You can still book your spot for Edinburgh and Manchester and discover what we do from the comfort of your home.
Sonny, an Edinburgh local, offers you a walking tour of his Edinburgh, taking you along the streets that he knows and following the stories of crimes, hangings, and jail time! Hear Sonny’s story and uncover his journey!
We believe you don't have to be a woman to be a feminist so this Edinburgh walking tour can be delivered by any of our local guides, depending on availability (you cannot choose though!). Discover stories of women throughout History: witches, murderers, mothers and doctors.
Paul, an Edinburgh local, will give you a guided walking tour of Leith, a buzzing port district located in the northern part of Edinburgh that is rich in local history.
This Edinburgh walking tour covers the most famous street in the city. Start at the foot of the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade down to the Tron, on the junction with the Bridges for a brief introduction to how Edinburgh's Royal Mile has developed from timbered medieval buildings to the complex street of today.
Follow Angus who will tell you about many of the Mile's famous closes that offer, a quiet retreat from the busy main street. Get a glimpse into the layers of language underlying the present names of many buildings and areas.
Continually altered, repaired, adapted and sometimes restored, the Royal Mile is a living witness to Scottish history since the Middle Ages.
The tour may run an extra five or ten minutes due to crowds or traffic.
Leith is a vibrant and yet lesser-known part of Edinburgh. At Invisible Cities, we have a Leith expert and local legend: Paul! After he started with his Trainspotting Generation tour (based on the films and books) he has now developed this tour of Leith so every guest can discover the lesser-known and less-politically-correct stories of Leith. You'll learn about Leith's connections with other parts of the world and the many issues it still faces today.
Warning: this tour contains topics that may not be suitable for young children, such as drug use. However, we can adapt it to a younger audience.
Unfortunately this tour is momentarily NOT available. Stay tuned for information on when it returns
Join the Invisible (York) ‘Family-Friendly Fun Tour’, which is the only York city tour that has been specifically developed with children in mind.
Tour guide Gavin is an affable dad, who has struggled with mental ill-health and homelessness in the past, but draws upon his personal experiences as a former play-worker and teaching assistant to present a unique view of the city.
Gavin has had an enhanced DBS check and his immersive tour is designed to spark the imagination and curiosity of adults and children alike.
York has been a hub of transportation since the Romans established the city in AD71, linking it to an efficient road system and making use of its waterways.
However, the city is also famed for its rich railway heritage and is home to the largest railway museum in the world.
Tour guide Gemma is a transgender woman, who found herself sleeping rough and living in hostels following the sudden unexpected death of her landlady. She is a passionate railway enthusiast and her York guided tour explores how the railway has shaped and transformed the city.
Beyond a tale of gunpowder, treason and plot, this walking tour of York tells the comprehensive story of Guy Fawkes. Learn his family history in York, growing up to the influences surrounding him as a Protestant and later a recusant Catholic.
Tour guide Vicki first became interested in Guy Fawkes in 2009, and her passion is one of the reasons that she moved to the city.
She interweaves her own personal journey of being diagnosed with stage 4b cancer, treatment, and remission, with the story of his life.
With more attractions per square mile than any other destination in the UK, there’s always something exciting just around the corner in York! Our Health and Wealth York city tour is an expedition through time, which explores just some of the most significant buildings and their influence on the city’s economic growth.
Miles is a father of two who combines his own life as a former banker with his personal experience of homelessness and his recovery journey from addiction to alcohol, to uncover layers of local history that highlight how York’s Health and Wealth has been continually shaped.
This unique walking tour of Manchester is led by Danny, an “adopted Mancunian”, to show people the city’s streets as he has lived them. His tour is a thoughtful and poetic exploration that will transport you to the flip side of Manchester, beyond the mere surface of its tourist attractions and into the depths of his own experience of homelessness.
His passion is abundantly clear throughout the tour as he helps you see Manchester in a different light. Danny helps you contextualise some of the city’s most beautiful areas in the experience of Manchester’s homeless community, including his own personal experience. Each stop is marked with either a poignant poetry piece, written by Danny, or an anecdote from his time on the streets.
As a transgender woman, Laura explores the history of inspirational Mancunian women who have influenced her journey of transition. Her exuberant character and cheerful attitude makes for a unique and exciting guided tour of Manchester’s city centre.
Her passion for the city's female culture and history is infectious. She truly celebrates the rich past of our radical feminine history by linking the history of women or of a particularly notable woman at each stop. The highlight of the tour is when she delves into stories about Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragette movement. Laura’s powerful tour opens one’s mind to ideas, challenges and stories about strong women, Manchester’s history and homelessness.
In the 1980s, Andy and his pals fell in love with Manchester’s bustling nightlife and rock music scene. Today he leads you on a guided tour of Manchester, taking the very same route of his nights out in the 1980s, but this time reflecting on how the venues have played a significant role in shaping Manchester’s history.
Each stop on the tour intelligently weaves elements of his memories, the story of that specific venue, and how it is contextualised in Manchester’s history. He touches on music, the suffragettes, football, Peterloo, Little Ireland and art in Manchester. You will be amazed by the transformation of the city today as you glimpse into the past, perhaps even learning about some buildings that have vanished to make way for Manchester’s new skyline.
The great British pub is a hallmark of British society and culture, serving both positive and negative connotations. Please note, the tour discusses themes of drinking and alcohol but there is no drinking whilst on the tour. We hope that instead, the tour will help spread awareness about the links between alcoholism and homelessness - it is simultaneously ‘caused by’ and ‘a cause’ of homelessness.
This tour of Manchester maps the city’s illustrious history of music and art, focusing on the venues and musicians which have helped to shape Manchester’s music scene.
‘Wonderwalk’ will be led by Nic, a friendly and entertaining tour guide, who wants you to fall in love with the music of Manchester as he did from an early age.
With every turn, and every stop, Nic will brighten and enlighten you with tales and stories that combine the city’s and his own rich musical experience. You’ll be taken on a journey through the Rave Revolution, sparked by the hacienda, to the presence of reggae at Thirsty Scholar, and not forgetting the classical opera scene at the Royal Northern College of Music and Bridgewater Hall. The tour champions the legacy of Madchester that will never be lost, but also supports and empowers our smaller venues (which is now more important than ever) who play a huge part in the city’s never-ending, unique music scene.
Nic strongly believes music is for everyone. Within the tour he takes you to corners of the city’s community that inspire and introduce music, art and dance to those who are isolated or anxious.
Nic lives his life by these words: music is medicine, music lifts your spirit, softens your heart and brings people together.
This tour transports you back to a time where Manchester looked very different. We Built This City From Depression uncovers the tombstones that the Northern city’s roots have grown over. With each step that Stephen takes, the city’s past starts to live and breathe again, unveiling the cobbled streets and working people that made Manchester what it is today.
Ever wondered why Manchester is proudly associated with the symbol of the bee? From the Great Depression, to the artistic work of Lowry. From the industrial revolution, to the IRA bombing that led to the regeneration of our city. This tour captures the hurdles Manchester has overcome. By sharing the darkness and shadows of Manchester’s past, Stephen’s stories show that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
Stephen came to Manchester as a young boy, and became homeless as a teenager. His tour takes you on an extraordinary journey of other young people from Manchester’s past that have also suffered. We Built This City From Depression is an insight to the issues surrounding class and social deprivation from the 18th century to modern day. Stephen connects the tour together by sharing his own memories of homelessness and poverty. From sleeping on the streets at a young age, Stephen shares his first-hand experience of how Manchester has radically changed.
While we train a new cohort of guides for Glasgow, you can embark on our general tour of the city. Starting at Glasgow Green, you will finish at the Duke of Wellington Statue and will hear stories of Glasgow's dark past, as well as receive contemporary knowledge on Scotland's largest city. The tour is about 1.5 long and costs £15 per person.