Manchester's Hidden Gems: A 48 Hour Adventure – Mystery Guides
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Manchester's Hidden Gems: A 48 Hour Adventure

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People enjoying their Manchester Adventure

Day 1


Start your Mystery Guides adventure

Your mystery begins…The Briton's Protection

A refuge place for men wishing to escape recruitment in the Napoleonic Wars (please be aware the pub opens at 12pm).


Clues 1 - 10: What is haunting St Mary's Church?

In the first half of your adventure, you'll discover The Peterloo Memorial, Manchester Central Library and St Mary's Church. According to local legend, a headless dog known as ‘Black Shuck’ haunts the narrow paths around the church keeping routes clear for restless spirits to wander…


Take a Break!

While transforming Manchester into the bustling city centre it is today, planners had to make a tough decision about two ancient pubs that stood in their way. Sinclair's Oystery Bar and the Old Wellington were placed on stilts during renovation to allow a road to be built underneath. Eventually, the buildings were taken down piece by piece and carefully rebuilt down the road near the cathedral. The two pubs had to be placed at angles because the plot of land was too small!


Clues 11-16: Who studied in Chetham's Library?

In the second part of your adventure, you'll discover Manchester Cathedral, Barton Square and Chetham's Library. Inside the library, Karl Marx would often meet pal Friedrich Engels at a table that can still be found in the library today. Its believed that the pair began work on the Communist Manifesto here.


4pm (approx.)

Finish your adventure

Your mystery ends…near Cross Street.

Grab a bite to eat at the final location or explore one of Manchester's many upmarket restaurants (such as a Miller & Carter nearby). 

Tram and City Centre

Stay the Night

Relax like a celebrity in the famous Midland Hotel, the location of Posh and Beck's first date, Churchill's getaway haunt and even well-loved by members of the Royal family - just make sure you dress smarter than The Beatles, who were turned away for being too scruffy!


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Day 2

Ready, Set, Goal!

Get swept along in the spirit of football by exploring the artefacts and interactive zones at the National Football Museum. A must-see would be the wooden seats salvaged when the old Wembley stadium was demolished. The original stadium was built in the 1920s after the Prince of Wales demanded there be a national sporting stadium. Although there were 82,000 wooden seats, some believe that top attendance reached 200,000, as fans forced into the ground to watch the FA Cup final, some finding space on the pitch and delaying kick off!


Enter the Gamebox…

From Ghostbusters, Squid Games and Paw Patrol, become a part of the game at Immersive Gamebox. Play unique games and tackle unusual challenges with friends -  all from inside a cube. With a variety of drinks this will be a night to remember!