Manchester THE FRENCH way!

A series of 5 visits “en français” guided by Kate Diddle, Blue Badge Tour Guide in Manchester and the North-West for 25 years.

All tours last approximately one hour.

Children under the age of 12 are not permitted.

Children aged 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Number of places limited! Book in advance

at AF Reception or

to avoid disappointment!




26 OCTOBER 2013

De ‘Cottonopolis’ à Media City : la transformation du travail à Manchester

Manchester became the world’s first industrial city by spinning raw cotton into textiles transported around the world.  On this tour we hear the story and visit sites related to the rise and decline of ‘King Cotton’ and hear future plans for the economic renaissance of Manchester.
2pm-3.30pm – £6 – Meet outside Museum of Science and Industry – 20 people max.


14 DECEMBER 2013

A la recherche du temps perdu (La Tour de l’Horloge de la Mairie)

The Clock Tower tour offers a unique opportunity to climb the spiral staircase of Manchester Town Hall and see the movement of the clock that has kept Manchester in time for 136 years. You will visit the ringing room, mechanism room and enter the dial room behind the clock face before reaching the summit and ‘Great Abel’.
2pm-3pm – £10 – Meet Town Hall steps, Albert Square – 15 people max.

Please note the Clock Tower tour is hard work as well as being very rewarding. If you are not confident of your fitness level, or if you are suffering from any medical condition that may impact on your ability to enjoy and/or complete the tour, we suggest that you do not book.


1 MARCH 2014

Manchester pendant la Grande Guerre

2014 marks the beginning of a series of centenaries marking the ‘war to end all wars’. This tour visits poignant sites around the city centre dedicated to their bravery. We hear the story of the Manchester Pals, and how the war changed the role of women.
2pm-3.30pm – £6 – Meet Victoria Railway Station, by the wall map – 20 people max.

26 APRIL 2014

Ça, c’est Palace ! (Le Palace Hotel et son Cream tea)

Tour this testament to 19th century commerce, home of the Refuge Assurance Society, a ‘friend in deed’ when times were tough. Today the buildings are a sumptuous hotel with gorgeous decor, and a delight to look around. Finish your tour with a yummy afternoon tea.  
2pm-4pm – £16 – Meet Palace Hotel Reception – 20 people max.  


55 Portland Street – Manchester M1 3HP

Tel: 0161 236 7117 –

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