Fancy getting to the heart of Manchester’s underground scene? Then head to Manchester Confidential to purchase a ticket for the Manchester Tunnel Tours (currently only £10 per person). I went in July and would thoroughly recommend it as an alternative and interesting experience.
Your tour guide meets you near the Bridgewater Hall and takes you through a brief history of the 19th Century canals of the city, some of which were built underground as a way to transport goods from the River Irwell, before motor cars took over. You’re taken down 60 feet below the city streets to the damp, dark tunnels for an exploration. You’ll need a torch and wellies! I won’t give too much away but it’s interesting to see how big the tunnels are and to think of them being used all those years ago. The most interesting part for me was that they served as air raid shelters during the second world war. Thousands of our Mancunion ancestors decamped down there together for safety. Whilst conditions must have been grim, it was certainly better than staying above ground.
I left the 90 minute tour feeling educated as to an important part of local history and intrigued as to what else lies beneath this city! Tickets here: http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/Offers/Confidential-Tunnel-Tours