Pre-Conference City Tours

Make the most of your time in Manchester and see a different side to the city. Join one of the tours which have been selected especially for Informatics for Health delegates.

The tours will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd April, so why not arrive a little early and see what Manchester has to offer!
Tickets for the pre-conference tours can be purchased when registering for the conference.

Please Note: For all of the tours we recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and bring a waterproof coat or umbrella in case of the infamous Manchester rain. If you are taking part in the Manchester Food Walk or The Runaway Brewery tours and you have any dietary requirements, please indicate these when registering. If you have any other special requirements that we should be aware of please indicate when registering.


Science and Engineering Walking Tour

14:30 – 16:30
Manchester is one of the first cities of the industrial revolution and the original modern city. Much of the city’s success over the years has been linked with science and engineering. Early local inventions in textile machinery kick-started the cotton industry here. John Dalton and James Joule worked in the city in the nineteenth century on the principles of modern chemistry and physics. Ernest Rutherford split the atom, Alan Turing helped to build the first modern computer, and most recently, graphene was discovered here. Manchester is a city built on industry and those industries were built on science and engineering.

This walking tour led by a knowledgeable local guide will take in key sites in the city. On this atom splitting, computer coding, transport revolution tour you will see how Manchester led the way.

Runaway Microbrewery Tour & Tasting

15:30 – 18:30

The Runaway Brewery was founded in 2014 by two old friends who came together to take on a new challenge and join the movement to help modernise British beer and beer culture.

Runaway brew unpretentious, great tasting, modern beer that appeals to anyone looking for real flavour in their drink, and who is prepared to try new things to get it. They brew by hand in small batches at their microbrewery in central Manchester. The beer is unfiltered, unpasteurised and conditioned in keg and bottle to retain as much flavour as possible.They brew a core range of IPA, Pale Ale, American Brown Ale and Smoked Porter as well as seasonal specials to try out new ideas.

You will be taken on a guided tour of the brewery, which will include a short talk about the origins and an introduction to the key brewing ingredients and how they are used to make the beer. You will then be given the opportunity to sample the beers in the pop-up bar, served with a variety of cheese and bar snacks.

The ticket price includes a tour of The Runaway Brewery, beer tasting (four beers) followed by a drink and snacks at the brewery bar.

Please note: there will be a walk of approximately 20 minutes (one mile) each way from Manchester Central to the brewery.

Northern Quarter Food Walk

16:00 – 19:00
The city’s bohemian district, the Northern Quarter, was once home to busy cotton mills and textiles warehouses. Now, the red brick buildings are regularly used in film sets to double as New York, and the area is teeming with independent cafés, shops, bars, and some of the city’s best street art.

This tour includes a roving feast of six small plates in the best Northern Quarter eateries, accompanied by stories of Manchester’s boho district, old and new.

This Northern Quarter taster tour, centred on the area East of Newton Street, looks at the district’s history, from its historic markets, shops and rag traders to its cultural regeneration, highlights and attitude of today.

You’ll discover the history of Afflecks Palace and the Arndale, the curry cafés and the area’s standout public art, and walk in the footsteps of some of Manchester’s most famous names.

The ticket price includes a bottle of water, distributed on arrival, and all food and guiding. Other drinks not included.

24 – 26 APRIL








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