Ales & Alleyways: Andy’s Stories of Pubs

  • 2 Hours
  • Max guests: 20
  • Anytime

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If you are looking for a general history tour of Manchester, encompassing all things from specific personal tales to historical facts, then Andy’s tour is for you! An added bonus is that his corny humour will leave you chuckling as you navigate to and from each stop.

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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.

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.


Your experience starts by the front entrance of Manchester Cathedral. You will be able to spot Andy with his green hoodie on. You’ll stop at some of the following pubs along the way, we won’t list them all as we want to keep some surprises:


– Old Wellington and Sinclair’s Oyster bar
– Sam’s Chophouse
– Mr.Thomas Chophouse
– Old Nag’s Head
– The Briton’s Protection
– Pevril of the Peak
– Little Ireland


The tour will end outside The Salisbury, which is directly in front of Oxford Street Station.