A Walk on the Wildside: Tour of Ancoats

Location: Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

1-3 July

International artist Dan Dubowitz and guest guides will lead a series of free walks around Ancoats to discover and explore how artworks have been part of transforming the area.

The 25 guest guides include the archaeologist, architects, artists, developers, directors of regeneration, engineers, journalists, masterplanners, poet and professor of artificial intelligence who have contributed to remaking Ancoats over the last decade.

The walks leave from the city centre, through Manchester's Northern Quarter into the heart of Ancoats, around The Peeps and the Cutting Room Square before finishing up at the Wastelands exhibition at the Ice Plant on Blossom Street for an opportunity to chat with the artist and guides.

The tours of the area include a visit to The Peeps – walled up spaces with peep holes into them – and coincide with the start of Manchester International Festival.

Walks starting from Piccadilly Gardens last one hour, approximately 1.5 miles.

  • Friday 1 July at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
  • Saturday 2 July at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
  • Sunday 3 July at 10am, 1pm, and 4pm

No booking necessary. Just turn up at Piccadilly Gardens at the Queen Victoria sculpture. Or come directly to The Cutting Room Square in front of the Ice Plant

exhibition 20 minutes after the tour begins in the city centre and join the tour from there.