Tour revenue will be invested in providing support for our tour guides, who have all been affected by homelessness.
If you can donate, any extra amount will be greatly appreciated and very helpful.
This unique walking tour 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 by contextualising some of the city’s most beautiful areas in the experience of Manchester’s homeless community, and 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.
This tour is educational and enjoyable in equal parts, with a wonderful guide who is happy to answer any of your questions about his experience of homelessness. Combating stigmas around homelessness with his words, Danny’s tour will open your eyes to the real experiences of homeless people in Manchester.
What to expect?
Your experience starts at the Manchester Cenotaph, where you’ll meet Danny with his green hoodie on and set off on a thoughtful and poetic tour of the city. Looking beyond its famous sights into its lesser-seen stories of the city - this tour will make you stop and appreciate landmarks as emblematic as Manchester Cathedral down to singular pieces of street art in the Northern Quarter.
the two-mile walk you’ll visit places including:
St. Peter’s Square, where the Cenotaph war memorial is located
Albert Square, home of the impressive neo-Gothic town hall
St. Mary's Catholic Church, also known as the Hidden Gem
St. Ann's Square, where the Homeless Jesus statue rests
Manchester Cathedral, with its beautiful medieval architecture
The Northern Quarter area, where there’s street art on every corner.
stop is marked with either a piece of Danny’s poetry or a personal
story about his time on the streets, and he’s happy to answer any
questions you might have - he describes this as a walking talking tour; any question, any time.
The tour finishes at 111 Piccadilly, where you’ll see a striking mural created by local artists who are or have been homeless.
Danny's powerful and insightful poetry, for many, is a highlight of the tour. He is now a published poet and
has performed his work at venues across Manchester. His story shows
the impact the arts can have on the mental and emotional health of
the homeless community, and he’s passionate about using his
experience to raise awareness and tackle stigma about homelessness.
He started writing poetry after taking part in a creative skills workshop, run by the Arthur and Martha production company for those experiencing homelessness. This learning experience inspired Danny and ignited his love of writing, as well as rebuilding his confidence, helping him move off the streets.