About the tour
Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. Discover the city’s heritage and how it has grown to be the progressive hub it is today with the 90 minute Sightseeing Manchester bus tour.
The 15 stop hop-on hop-off tour has been carefully planned to take you round some of Manchester’s key sights including Town Hall Manchester, National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club.
English commentary by Lord of the Rings and Lost actor Dominic Monaghan.
Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from time of purchase if on the bus or from the date chosen if online and you can board any Sightseeing Manchester branded bus during this time. There is one main tour route with recorded commentary in English. For other languages there is a free app which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.
Tours run every day apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day, or New Years Day. The first pick-up point is at the Manchester Town Hall.
Stops and times
Attractions on the route
Town Hall Manchester
This magnificent building was designed in Victorian Gothic style by Alfred Waterhouse and opened in 1877. Make sure you look out for the mosaic pattern of bees on the floor outside the Great Hall. The bee symbolises Manchester’s industry and features on the city’s coat of arms.Stop 1
National Football Museum
Experience the world’s greatest sport at the National Football Museum. Whether you’re a die-hard football fan, visiting with your family or on a weekend break in Manchester, enjoy a visit to the world’s biggest and best football museum.Stop 6
Sporting a gorgeous interior with the best late-medieval woodwork in the North – the quire and the ceiling are splendid and full of life in the carved details, as well as spectacular modern glass windows that replaced the ones destroyed during the Manchester Blitz.Stop 7
There is never a dull day at MediaCityUK. The recently built area of The Quays is home to the BBC and ITV studios where they record well known British shows such as Coronation Street and Match of The Day, as well as great places to eat or sip cocktails overlooking the water.Stop 10
A magnificent building alongside The Quays, inside you will find three stunning theatres as well as galleries showcasing artists of local, national and international renown. In addition there are cafés, restaurants and gift shops all set against spectacular waterside views, there is something for everyone at The Lowry.Stop 10
Old Trafford has welcomed millions of Manchester United fans over the years to enjoy a legendary football match or to learn more about the stadium’s fantastic history. From the building of the stadium to hosting the 2002/03 Champions League Final to the present day, learn about this world renowned team with a tour of the museum and stadium.Stop 12
Imperial War Museum North
IWM North is about people and their stories; how lives have been, and still are, shaped by war and conflict. The Main Exhibition Space houses thousands of objects from a T34 Russian tank and Harrier Jump Jet to clothing, diaries and works of art, as well as a series of family interactive Action Stations.Stop 13
Museum of Science & Industry
Based on the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world, the Museum of Science and Industry truly is a museum for everyone. Kids, big and small, will be fascinated by the hands-on exhibitions, while the huge collection of vintage vehicles and historic working machinery is captivating.Stop 14