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.
Solve cryptic clues and follow treasure maps.
Take a carefully designed route around Manchester. You'll see the flamboyant Canal Street, the grand Central Library and Town Hall, Castlefield's peaceful canals and the shiny modern Spinningfields.
Spot things other people don't notice like what's buried beneath Alan Turing's bench.
Hear interesting stories like how a feisty Cuban widow decided to spend her wealth.
Go at your own pace. Pop into cafes or bars you spot along the route. No rush.
Play in your own group. It's private and self-guided so you can avoid big groups.
Treasure Hunt Manchester will take you on a fab route around the city, spotting clues and following treasure maps, all at your own pace.
Great way to spend a Sunday”
We were recently in Manchester on a mini staycation and found this when we were looking for things that we could do.
It was great fun and a brilliant way to see Manchester at our own pace.
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.
You don’t need to download or print anything and it doesn’t need any permissions.
Plus, you get to start when you want.
Bess sends you a series of treasure maps, leading you around the city.
The clues and maps are a lot of fun.
This is a great way to see the city!”
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!”
Black Beard Beth
Long Joe Silver
Along the way, Bess will tell you a few interesting facts and stories about the things you're spotting!”
We learnt new things and actually appreciated the beautiful scenery as we went around the city.
Captain Bess will invite you all to join the hunt!
We had such a laugh and a great day out!
... for FREE!
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!
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!
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.
We’re flexible. If you change your mind, or if you can't make it to Manchester, play another day or cancel for free.
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.
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!
Sackville Gardens - a peaceful garden close to the main stations, housing some curious artwork.
Canal street - the city’s vibrant gay district, it’s an amazing place to party.
St Peter’s Square - a beautiful public square, home to the Central Library and back of the Town Hall.
Deansgate & Castlefield - a peaceful area by the canal, with nice waterside pubs. This is the site of the original Roman fortress.
St John’s Gardens - an oasis in the bustling city, it’s so well hidden you could easily miss it!
John Rylands Library - a spectacular library built by an eccentric Cuban widow.
Albert Square - a bustling square in the shadow of the mighty Town Hall.
By the end, you'll have joined up the different parts of the city and have a better idea where to go next.
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.
Treasure Hunt Manchester is all outdoors in public spaces. The route is designed so you can avoid other people and everyone can play on their own phones.
Read our full guidance for playing.
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...
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!
The game is designed for adults and curious kids aged 8 and up.
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.”
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.
It's 2½ 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.
FREE cancellation for any reason
£9.99 per adult
“We were recently in Manchester on a mini staycation and found this when we were looking for things that we could do.
It was great fun and a brilliant way to see Manchester at our own pace.”
Telephone: 0161 375 1271
Text us: 07380 309380
The Grand Adventure
Sackville Gardens, Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 3HB