Treasure Hunt Manchester

Have fun and see Manchester a different way

You’re going to Manchester and you want to have some fun. It's a huge city with lots of areas, it's hard to join it all up.

It’s no fun wandering aimlessly. Feeling like you’re missing the cool areas or the lesser known sites. You don’t want to spend all your time looking at your phone, not actually seeing anything. With your other half getting bored and hungry.

What about planning your own route and hoping for the best? Sounds like a lot of work trawling blog posts and reading reviews. And you’ll probably miss the hidden gems as all the blogs just list the same attractions.

Will you find a decent route or will you end up walking along the noisy ring-road when there’s quiet back-street nearby?

You know Manchester’s got some great buildings, lovely old pubs, nice bits by the canal and plenty of history. It’s just a question of having fun seeing it all.

Treasure Hunt Manchester

Pore over treasure maps and ponder cryptic clues.

Scour Manchester's bustling streets to find the answers.

A dotted path where X marks the spot
A barge on the canal in Castlefield

Follow a carefully designed route around Manchester. March along flamboyant Canal Street, the grand Central Library and Town Hall, Castlefield's peaceful canals and the shiny modern Spinningfields. Take the lesser known path but still see St Peter's Square and the other main sights.

Spot things other people don't notice like what's buried beneath Alan Turing's bench.

Learn some fun facts and stories like how a feisty Cuban widow decided to spend her wealth. Nothing too heavy, you're here to have fun!

A group of friends looking for a clue from a bridge

Go at your own pace. Pop into cafes or bars you spot along the route. No rush.

A dotted path where X marks the spot

Don't take our word for it: we're rated ★★★★★ on Tripadvisor with 145 reviews.

Are you organising a special occasion? 🎉

Treasure Hunt Manchester will take you on a fab route around the city, spotting clues and following treasure maps, all at your own pace.

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Had an absolute blast, only with they did other quests around Manchester as would definitely do more of these. Unlike other of these app based hunts, this was very specific to the city and had great history lessons included

Chris S, Google

We loved this treasure hunt!

It was so well put together, we were quite surprised at just how well done it was. It helped us to get out and about, have some fun, be tourists in our own city, all whilst social distancing. I’ve already asked if they have anymore in Manchester as we want to do one with friends too.

Departure619622, Tripadvisor

It works like a WhatsApp
group chat

You don’t need to download or print anything and it doesn’t need any permissions.

Plus, you get to start when you want.

1. Follow maps 🧭

Bess sends you a series of treasure maps, leading you around Manchester.

The clues and maps are a lot of fun.
This is a great way to see the city!”

Captain Bess Now for a change of scene, let's head down by the river...

2. Search for answers 🔎

Bess sends you a series of clues and you have to search the city for answers.

Good banter from Captain Bess who sends you the clues!”

Captain Bess A family firm,
who slowly became
Forgotten and faded,
what was their name?

Black Beard Beth Jones?

Captain Bess Nay, yer askin' to be walkin' the plank!

Long Joe Silver Wills?

Captain Bess Aye! That's it!

3. Learn some facts 🎓

Along the way, Bess will tell you a few interesting facts and stories about the things you're spotting in Manchester!”

We learnt new things and actually appreciated the beautiful scenery as we went around the city.

Captain Bess It's a fire insurance mark, to show the firemen ye've paid yer dues! If not, they'd stand by 'n' watch yer house burn, imagine that!

4. Play together 👨‍👩‍👦

Captain Bess will invite you all to join the hunt!

We had such a laugh and a great day out!

Captain Bess Ahoy there! Ye must be the one they're talking about. Lookin' to join me ship, the Rising Pearl?

Buccaneer Beth Yes!

Captain Bess Ye'll be needin' help, have ye a crew?

Lianne Pinkbeard joined the game.

Parrot Pete 🦜 joined the game.

Parrot Pete Arrrrrrr!

Lianne Pinkbeard I'm ready to set sail! ⚓️

Reserve your game

... for FREE!

A different way to see Manchester

A treasure hunt is more like a game than a traditional tour. You have to follow treasure maps, solve cryptic clues and keep your eyes peeled to find the answers.

You’ll have some banter with our friendly pirate Captain Bess. She’ll put you in your place if you get too many answers wrong!

Take your time, go at your own pace

You can start when you like, there’s no fixed start time. You can even finish the next day if you get stuck in a nice pub!

Fancy a picnic in St John's hidden garden? Go ahead. Take it at your own pace. Enjoy the old pubs and cool cafes along the route.

Play on your own terms. It's just you and your team, like a private tour.

It’s a brill way to explore the city

The fact that it is self guided is great- you can do it in your own time and there’s lots of places to stop off. Everything was sent to my phone so we could start and finish in our own time and it was so easy to access all the clues- you just need data on your phone! Definitely would recommend if you like exploring new places or even if you’ve been to Manchester before (which we have many times!) Every city could do with something like this!

Jo W, Tripadvisor

Start playing in 60 seconds

It’s all on your phones, there’s nothing to print or collect.

Book online and you’ll get a link to start your game straight away.

You can rearrange or cancel

We’re flexible. If you change your mind, or if you can't make it to Manchester, play another day or cancel for free.

Fun or your money back

We think you're going love Treasure Hunt Manchester!

If you don't have fun, we promise to give your money back. We'll ask for a quick chat on the phone to understand what went wrong.

You'll see the best of Manchester

No spoilers... You'll see the main areas like St Peter's Square and Castlefield, but the real fun is spotting the clues and uncovering a few hidden gems.

We loved this Treasure Hunt.

We are Manchester locals so we were just expecting it to enjoy the riddles but we ended up seeing parts of Manchester that some of us haven’t been to!

Alex Re, Tripadvisor

Sackville Gardens - a peaceful garden close to the main stations, housing some curious artwork.

A Manchester Bee celebrating the city’s gay district

Canal street - the city’s vibrant gay district, it’s an amazing place to party.

Chinatown - The second largest Chinatown in the UK, complete with a glorious red and gold arch!

Manchester's hugh Imperial China Arch adorned with phoenixes and dragons.

St Peter’s Square - a beautiful public square, home to the Central Library and back of the Town Hall.

The roof of Manchester’s Central Library

Deansgate & Castlefield - a peaceful area by the canal, with nice waterside pubs. This is the site of the original Roman fortress.

A barge on the canal in Castlefield

St John’s Gardens - an oasis in the bustling city, it’s so well hidden you could easily miss it!

A monument in the peaceful St Johns Gardens

John Rylands Library - a spectacular library built by an eccentric Cuban widow.

The roof inside the stunning John Rylands Library

Lincoln Square - A tranquil square in the city centre home to Manchester's peace garden.

By the end, you'll have joined up the different parts of the city and have a better idea where to go next.

What if it rains? 

If it's patchy rain, you can pop into a cafe or restaurant: the treasure hunt is flexible.

If it's really bad and you fancy playing the next day, that's fine. Or you can split it over two days if you like.

If it's really chucking it down and you don't want to get washed into the canal, we’ll give your money back, even if you've started the game.

Will it be too difficult?

Don't worry! The treasure hunt has some tricky clues, but if you get stuck you can ask for a hint.

We make sure you don't get completely stuck wandering among the canals in Castlefield...

Will I have fun if I'm from Manchester?

Yes! You already know the city, but we bet you'll notice things you've walked past a hundred times before.

We've worked hard to find the less-obvious stuff - beyond the typical blue plaques - and some interesting stories and anecdotes. You're going to have a great time!

Is it suitable for kids?

The game is designed for adults and curious kids aged 8 and up.

A family perched on a sculpture playing Treasure Hunt Liverpool

Younger ones are welcome though you may have to help by interpreting the clues and Captain Bess' pirate speak.

The whole route is pushchair friendly, avoiding steps or showing step-free alternative routes.

We’re a family of four with a 13 year old and a 11 year old. Mum was map reader, dad reminded kids about clues, and kids were hunting for clues.”

—Lexie, Tripadvisor

They really got involved and had a great day.

Two friends and our two 13 year old children (boy & girl) wanted to go into Manchester for the day, but there weren't any activities open, so we decided to do a tour to show the kids a bit of historic Manchester. Turns out we didn't know much either! Was really good fun and very interesting, great to do in semi lockdown when the streets are quiet and you can stop and look up! Difficult age to engage kids, but they really got involved and had a great day.

Alison W, Tripadvisor

Will it be too physical?

It's 3 miles walking but there are places to rest along the way. Take a rest in an excellent pub or cafe, or there are a few green spaces too.

Ready for a different way to see Manchester?

  • Follow a carefully designed route around Manchester.
  • See Manchester's old and new areas, a hidden park and a peaceful stretch of canal.
  • Start whenever you like, take it at your own pace.
  • 2–2½ hours of fun outdoors.

How does it work?
Play the demo 📱 (win a prize!)

Getting organised?
Plan your day 📋

Have questions?
Email us 💌
or text us
07380 309380

“Had an absolute blast, only with they did other quests around Manchester as would definitely do more of these. Unlike other of these app based hunts, this was very specific to the city and had great history lessons included”

—Chris S, Google

Telephone: 0161 375 1271
Text us: 07380 309380

The Grand Adventure starts from:
Piccadilly Station, Manchester, M1 2GH