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‘Unlocking the Quays’ tour is open to the public every day of the week. Please see below for how to make a group booking.
07475 818 501

[email protected]

School Groups and Private Tours Bookings:

At quayside Tours we specialise in walking tours for school groups and will tailor the tour to suit the requirements of each booking.
We also arrange private tours for groups of 10 or more people.
For more information about school groups and private tours please contact us by mail [email protected] or call 07475 818 501.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds will be made for cancellations made more than 24hrs prior to the tour.

Unlocking the Quays

Tour type: 






Meeting point: 

multi-stop, small-group tour (max 20 guests)


allow 2 hours 

mostly flat

wheelchair friendly 


underneath the big screen in Media City Piazza


 Adults                                           £10.00

Children U16                                 £7.50

Under 5                                         £0.00

Over 65’s                                       £7.50

Students                                       £7.50

Family ticket ( 2 adults, 2 Children)   £30.00

*Please book online (below), send an email or give us a call at 07475 818 501

You can book via the online form below or give us a call at 07475 818 501


Our ‘Unlocking the Quays’ Guided walking tour is a healthy, inspirational and entertaining way to learn all about the UK’s largest urban regeneration area. An area steeped in historical significance yet leading the way in sustainability, art and technology..


From the rich history of the mighty Manchester Ship Canal to the revolutionary Media City development there are so many hidden gems along the way as we relive history and look to the future as we guide you around the local landmarks on our 5km circuit.


Whether you are a local resident, student or here on a short visit our ‘Unlocking the Quays’ walking tour is a ‘must-see’ event for all age groups.


Our local guides are dedicated to making your visit an unforgettable experience as they share their vast knowledge and worst jokes with all of our guests!

3 reviews for Unlocking the Quays

  1. Natassa Misiou

    I had a brilliant time on this tour – would highly recommend!

  2. Peter O’Rourke

    We booked this at the last minute and it exceeded my expectations – a great insight into my local area

  3. Carol Bolton

    Having worked on the quays in the mid nineties my impression was of a business area to be attended 9 till 5.
    After a visit to the Lowry Theatre recently I was astounded at the massive changes!
    Unsure of where to investigate first I located the walk on the Web.
    On a dull Saturday morning we met with our guide at the allocated spot and from there we were taken on a wonderful journey around the now vast Quays.
    Our guide was bursting with facts and figures which he managed to translate nto such a wealth of interesting, humorous and informative data.
    The time just flew, I urge anyone who has my preconceptions of the Quays should go on this tour, well worth 90 minutes out of your life. It felt like being taught by your favourite teacher at school.

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Tour Details:

Tour type:           multi-stop, Guided walking tour (maximum 20 guests)

Distance:            5km

Duration:             allow 2 hours  

Terrain:               mostly flat

Accessibility:     wheelchair friendly 

Outdoor/indoor: outdoor

Meeting point:      Underneath the big screen in Media City Piazza

The Meeting Point

The tour meeting point is underneath the big screen in the Media City Piazza, we cant wait to show you around!