Incredible Interiors Manchester

Secret interiors tour of Manchester with some blogging mates?

I couldn’t get throughout the Paypal checkout fast enough.

I’ve known about these tours for a while, just never having the chance to to go on one. Finally the stars aligned, and I booked myself onto the Incredible Interiors tour.

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The tour is a walking tour around the city centre of Manchester and lasts two hours. I’m not going to tell you every place we went to as that would kind of spoil it if you wanted to go on one.

One place I’ve wanted to go to for ages is the Vault in the old HSBC/Midland Bank on King Street. It is a stunning building, at 100 King Street and now houses Jamie’s Italian on the ground floor and the Gotham hotel on the floors above. The Vault is actually part of Jamie’s and is now a private dining area.

The vault has basically been kept as it was with just the addition of the dining table and chairs inside. Safe deposit boxes cover the walls. Found inside these when the bank officially closed and sold the building, were a variety of interesting things- Joy Division and New Order Master tapes, property Deeds- some of which dated back to 1935. I’d love to have been there when they were opening all the boxes that hadn’t been claimed.

Sadly I didn’t get any shots of the vault, there were a lot of people in a tiny room and the light isn’t great, there are photos online though so if I’ve piqued your curiosity then do have a look.

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Just having the time to stop and appreciate the surroundings, outside and inside. Bliss!
incredible interiors manchester walking tour photowalkJonathan Schofield is the brains behind the tour and he runs many others. His knowledge is so in-depth about the history, myths and legends of Manchester, that I felt I could’ve asked him anything on the subject and he’d know the answer.

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It felt like such a treat to be taken into these spaces with someone who knows what they’re talking about. Even more so to be on the tour with my interior blogger buddies. We geeked out a lot as you can imagine, and we barely stopped talking.
blogger meet up manchester interiors

Find out more about these fantastic tours here. There’s loads of different ones to choose from.

Huge thanks to my Manchester blogger buddies Kimberly, Karen, Antonia, Karen and out honorary member for the day Emily.

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33 Comments

  1. February 23, 2017 / 10:52 am

    Gorgeous shots! Was such a lovely way to spend a few hours and it was so great to see you and the rest of the gang! xx

    • February 23, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Ah thanks Kimberly- we’ll have to do another x

  2. February 23, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Aww look at me being all famous on your blog! 😉
    It really was fab – always recommend his tours to my friends. Let’s book in another <3 xx

    • February 23, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Ah yeah! I’d love that- was looking at the Palace one x

  3. February 23, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    What a fun idea, I’m off to check out what else he does. Glad you had a good time and enjoyed the chance to see some stunning places.

    • February 23, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Rachel you’d love it! Totally book on one x

  4. February 23, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    A great reminder of a fantastic afternoon out with great gals – I loved it and would like to try another of Jonathan’s tours, he really know his stuff and the buildings we visited were fab! xx

    • February 23, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Ah thanks, we should book another

  5. February 23, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    This sounds and looks so cool! It’s a little bit like the LivingEtc tours, but possibly more interesting in terms of history 😉 Fab post! xo

    • February 23, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Hehe yes! Reckon you’d love one of these Carole x

  6. February 23, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I bet you guys had great fun. I love nothing more than geeking out over interiors with people who actually get me.

    • February 23, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Ah you’d love one of these xx

  7. February 24, 2017 / 7:45 am

    I’ve only been to Mwnchester twice but loved it. This looks great – will do this next time. X

  8. February 24, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Beautiful shots and what an interesting tour! I’d love to do somehthing like this in Oxford. xx

  9. February 24, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Gorgeous shots, looks like a wonderful day out, it’s always nice to explore your own city! x

  10. February 24, 2017 / 10:27 am

    beautiful shots, what a great place to explore

  11. February 24, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Nawww, wished i’d been there. Looked like it was ‘mazin from all your insta pics!!x

  12. February 24, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Now that sounds like a great way to spend a couple of hours – no wonder you jumped at the chance! I love your images and fascinating details re the Vault. I wonder if they returned the demo tapes to the band members?

    • February 25, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      Ah you’d love it Kat- I’ll let you know if we do another xx

  13. February 24, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    I love these kind of tours. I go on them a lot in Brighton. You really feel like you learn a ton about the place you live in. In fact, I’m going to do my own one soon – on stylist shops and street art. I really need a trip to Manchester soon.

  14. February 24, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    I would love a tour! Thank you for sharing!

  15. February 24, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Not heard of these before but sound very intetesting. Wonder if other cities have similar

  16. February 24, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    The tour sounds interesting. I love the vault in Jamie’s, it has so much character.

  17. February 24, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    I have never been to Manchester, this looks like a great way to be introduced to the city.

    • February 25, 2017 / 2:51 pm

      You should come for a visit!

  18. February 24, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Ah what a cool tour! Some great pictures – think I saw one on your Instagram and was absolutely floored!!

    Bec x

    • February 25, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Ah thanks Bec- thats nice of you you say!

  19. February 24, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    This sounds like a fab day out and great seeing spaces and understanding the history behind them. X

  20. February 26, 2017 / 9:40 am

    This looks so interesting! My sister will be back in Manchester next year so I’m going to show her this! X

  21. February 26, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know that tour existed, sounds the perfect way to discuss something new about Manchester.

  22. February 26, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    well that does it I’m coming up very soon! this looks so interesting and I love your images xx

  23. February 27, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Sounds like great fun!

  24. Steven
    March 3, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Wonderful Photos! Thank you for your sharing!