Art Deco in Manchester

3 nights starting from

  • The wonderful Plaza Cinema, Stockport, including demonstration of its mighty Compton Organ

  • Two guided walks of Manchester city centre’s Art Deco landmarks

  • Extraordinary Art Deco Churches of St Nicholas, Burnage and All Angels, Wythenshawe

  • 1920s and 1930s paintings and sculptures at Manchester Art Gallery

  • 20th century art and design at the Whitworth

This brand-new tour looks at the wonderful architectural world of Art Deco through the prism of Manchester, with enthusiast and expert, Mike Hope. As with so many other cities around the world, fuelled by the golden age of Hollywood and mass cinema and theatre attendances, Manchester was one of the UK cities that embraced Art Deco with the most vigour, leaving a legacy of outstanding buildings, which have survived the post-war building boom, both in the city centre and outlying suburbs. From civic and commercial buildings to churches, cinemas and galleries, Mike Hope will take you on an inspirational journey back to the heyday of Art Deco and Art Nouveau a century ago.

Available Departures


03 - July - 2022 Limited Availability Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings

16 - October - 2022 Limited Availability Travel Info Please Call

Provisional Timings


Day 1: Arrive independently at the Brooklyn Hotel, Manchester from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome drink, dinner with wine and two introductory talks by Mike Hope – ‘Henry Elder of Roberts, Wood and Elder; and Edgar Wood and Henry Sellers. A Tale of Two Architectural Practices and their impact on Manchester and Beyond’ and ‘An Overview of Art Deco Buildings in the Greater Manchester Region.’

Day 2: Manchester City Centre, St Nicholas Church, Burnage and St Michael and All Angels, Wythenshawe.
Our day of architectural immersion starts with a guided walk, led by Mike Hope of the North and East districts of central Manchester, which will take in the exteriors of several significant Art Deco landmarks, including the Daily Express Building, reminiscent of their London office in Fleet Street, King Street Bank, the Town Hall extensions including Central Library and Rates Hall, St Peter’s Square Cenotaph and Charles Sargeant Jagger’s Memorial Sentry statue. After free time for lunch (not included), we head out of the city to see two extraordinary churches. The first being St Nicholas at Burnage, the first church designed by the architect Nugent Francis Cachemaille Day, built in 1931 and desbrided by architectural historian Sir Nicholas Pevsner as "a milestone in the history of church architecture in England." From here we head west to the church of St Michael and All Angels at Wythenshawe, another of Cachemaille Day’s creations, this time from 1937, star-shaped with impressive stained glass windows and chandelier. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3: First Church of Christ Scientist, Fallowfield, Plaza Cinema Stockport, The Longford Esseldo Cinema Building and second Manchester City Centre Walk.
Our first visit of the day is to the Art Nouveau First Church of Christ Scientist at Fallowfield, close to the city centre, now known as the Edgar Wood Centre, Victoria Park.  Designed by Edgar Wood in 1903, the Church is a grade one listed building, regarded by Pevsner as “one of the most original buildings of that time in England” and “the only religious building in Lancashire that would be indispensable in a survey of twentieth century church design in all England.” From here, we visit two Art Deco cinema masterpieces that have endured contrasting fortunes in recent years.  Firstly, to the Stockport Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre, that has been lovingly restored, with regular film showings as well as plays, pantomine and other performances. We’ll get to hear its famous Compton organ as we tour the building. Then to the Longford Esseldo Cinema for an exterior view, designed by Henry Elder and the height of Art Deco fashion when it was opened by the Mayor of Stretford in 1936, with a capacity of 2,000. Despite its illustrious history, hosting concerts by a young Julie Andrews and the Hallé Orchestra, its future remains uncertain. A second city centre walk of the Southern and Eastern districts will include Kendals Department Store, Sunlight House on Quay Street and Ship Canal House on Marshall Street. Second talk by Mike Hope – ‘Manchester – The Lost and the Surviving Legacy of Art Deco’ followed by dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Gallery.
Two excellent museums complete the study of the art and design of this period, starting with the superb 1920s and 1930s paintings and sculptures at Manchester Art Gallery. After free time for lunch (not included) we’ll head to the university area of the city to see the extensive and eclectic collections of art and design at the Whitworth, ranging from historic and modern paintings to sculpture, textiles and one of the most important collections of wallpaper in the country. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.00.

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion. Visits are a mixture of internal and external visits (many are public buildings) as time and traffic conditions allow. Most of the interest lies in the architecture which is best appreciated externally.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.


  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Brooklyn Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception and first night dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner at the hotel restaurant
  • Third night private dinner (no wine)
  • All talks, guided tours and admission fees  
  • Coach transfers and Mike Hope throughout 


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Hotel Car Parking
  • Double for Sole Use supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities


Brooklyn Hotel, Manchester

With a distinctly New York vibe, the brand new four-star Brooklyn Hotel is located in the Canal Street area close to the largest Chinatown in the country. Facilities at this stylish new landmark include Runyons  Bar and Restaurant, Napoleon’s Casino (next door) and 9th floor “Salvation” bar as well as very comfortable rooms with all modern amenities.

Hotel Website

Arriving by Car

Head into Manchester towards Portland Street, head down it in a south westerly direction, you will see Hotel Brooklyn on your left hand side. At thetraffic lights turn left into Princess Street and then immediate left down the narrow Silver Street and left again into Abingdon Street. Hotel Brooklyn will be beside you on the right and you can drop off your luggage into the lobby from here. Local wardens offer a period of grace to check in before you seek the car park of your choice (please note below car parks are recommendation only and Hotel Brooklyn can’t guarantee spaces).

Simply drop off your bags and park your wagon at QPark Piazza, where guests can enjoy a 25% discount. This is a secure underground spot, ideal for those arriving late or travelling solo.

There’s also the nearby Chorlton Street Car Park, where our guests can enjoy a 40% discount.

Q PARK Piazza  75 St James Street M1 4BP          max. height limit: 1.98m

Chorlton Street Car Park NCP M1 3FY              max. height limit: 1.93m

To receive a discount please collect QR code from reception on your departure. Please note discount is only available when you pay at the pay station, not available to be redeemed online.

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Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 



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