From the station, the tour guides you to the Northern Quarter, a trendy area of the city that has been transformed into a range of ages including 1920's Birmingham in Peaky Blinders to 1940's Brooklyn in Captain America.
The route feels like a teleportation in time; you can absorb and appreciate the beauty of Manchester's Victorian, Edwardian and more modern architecture as well as its industrial features.
It’s easy to see why certain locations have been chosen to represent these periods in history as Manchester boasts so much heritage and culture. By watching most of the TV shows and films featured, the tour becomes much more relatable and exciting as the streets and buildings are recognisable, even amid whatever special effects and editing have been applied.
As the films and programmes featured in the Manchester walking tour are so varied, it is suitable for any age and is ideal for a low-cost family day out.
As well as the filming locations, there are many other landmarks and places to visit along the way, such as The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Opera House, Manchester Arndale, Central Library or Chinatown's famous Arch. As someone who has very rarely visited Manchester, I truly felt like I’d gotten to know the city much better by the end of the experience.
The tour conveniently passes through streets renowned for shopping, bars and restaurants so if you need to rest your feet, grab some food, or break up the day with some retail therapy you're in the heart of the city throughout it all.
Being from Liverpool, another city bursting with culture and architectural beauty, I now appreciate what goes on behind the screens and can’t wait to give the Liverpool walking tour a go next!
If you're a student and fancy going Behind The Screens, book with us before you travel and enjoy half price student train tickets.