What links Henry V and the Fun Lovin’ Criminals to a Belgian Prima Donna, industrial-scale weddings and an Elizabethan spy? Where does Modern Manchester meet its medieval past?

Manchester’s Cathedral has provided both a stage and some of the leading actors for centuries of the city’s compelling history: it has survived civil wars, reformations and bombings, and witnessed the birth of the Industrial Revolution and the anti-slavery movement first-hand.

Today it is still a working church and teeming with life, from the daily worship to music and exhibitions, from conferences and debate to the bees on the roof!

Get behind the scenes at the Cathedral and meet the colourful characters that bring this magnificent history to life. Guided tours will begin at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm and will include a rare opportunity to see the wonderful original Charter of 1421 and some fascinating archives material ‘backstage’ in the beautiful Victorian library. Don’t miss out!

This is a free Heritage Open Days event and no pre-booking is required but there will be a maximum of 20 people per session.


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