Join us backstage at the Royal Exchange and discover the hidden world of a busy theatre! Here you’ll find the latest information on our scheduled backstage tours.


Areas covered by the tour include the Great Hall, production departments, backstage areas, dressing rooms and The Studio. All tours share the fascinating history of the Royal Exchange building and the Theatre Company while offering real insight into the production process.

It is important to bear in mind that the Royal Exchange is a working Theatre, and sometimes certain parts of the building are not accessible. Nevertheless we endeavour to make your visit to the Exchange as exciting and pleasurable as possible.

Please note all tours involve walking, standing and stairs, and take between 90 minutes - 2 hours. 

Public Tours (for parties of 1 - 9) are available on:

- Wednesday 21 September 2016 - 11am
- Wednesday 16 November 2016 - 11am
- Wednesday 14 December 2016 - 11am
- Wednesday 11 January 2017 - 11am
- Wednesday 8 February 2017 - 11am

Public Tours cost £6.50 per person and can be booked via the Box Office on 0161 833 9833.

Group Tours (for parties of 10+) are available on:

- Wednesday 28 September 2016 - 11am OR 2pm 
- Wednesday 9 November 2016 - 11am
- Wednesday 20 December 2016 - 11am OR 2pm
- Wednesday 4 January 2017 - 11am OR 2pm
- Wednesday 15 February 2017 - 11am (BSL Interpreted)
- Wednesday 22 February 2017 - 11am

*Only one tour is available on each of these days, so when one of the tours has been booked, the other time slot won't be available. 

Group Tours cost £6.50 per person and are followed by a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits in the Great Hall, which is included in your ticket price. A 2pm tour can be upgraded to include Afternoon Tea, please ask when booking. The cost of a tour and Afternoon Tea is £17.95.

Lead by a knowledgeable local tour guide, this city centre walking tour will take in iconic locations of the Industrial Manchester and ‘Madchester’ eras.  More information.

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Costume Hire Tours & Talks

Behind-the-scenes talks at the Royal Exchange Theatre Costume Hire. A hidden gem in the heart of Manchester's Northern Quarter, the Royal Exchange Theatre Costume Hire houses costumes from Royal Exchange Theatre productions. Gain a fascinating insight into our work with our Costume Hire volunteers.

Tours are available on:

- Wednesday 5 October 2016 - 11am

Available exclusively to groups of 8-12. Tickets: £4 pp. Book via the Box Office on 0161 833 9833. Maximum capacity of 12.

Please note that tours will be held at our Swan Street site: 47-53 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JY

Schools and colleges who are interested in a tour should visit here