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 29 March 2017 - 11am
- Wednesday 26 April 2017 - 11am
- Wednesday 3 May 2017 - 11am
- Wednesday 17 May 2017 - 11am
- Wednesday 21 June 2017 - 11am
- Wednesday 12 July 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 5 April 2017 - 11am OR 2pm 
- Wednesday 10 May 2017 - 11am OR 2pm
- Wednesday 7 June 2017 - 11am OR 2pm
- Wednesday 19 July 2017 - 11am OR 2pm

*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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