Cottonopolis Tour of Southern Cemetery

Cottonopolis Tour of Southern Cemetery
Event on 2015-03-15 10:30:00
Ghosts of Cottonopolis: Manchester's Industrial Dead 

Emma Fox, of Manchester Guided Tours, will lead people around the cemetery visiting the graves of ghosts of Manchester's industrial past - including stories of charity, crime, mills, famine, ice cream, an elephant, slums, riches.


Opened in 1879 Southern Cemetery is the largest municipal cemetery in the UK, and the second largest in Europe. Many renowned Mancunians are buried in the cemetery, including British aviator John Alcock (who made history with the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919) and Manchester's first multi-millionaire, industrialist and philanthropist John Rylands.

The cemetery also provides the final resting place for football legends Sir Matt Busby and Billy Meredith as well as 'Mr Manchester' himself, Tony Wilson, whose grave is marked with a headstone designed by Peter Saville and Ben Kelly.

Manchester Guided Tours' Emma Fox, said: "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to guide people through the greenery of Southern Cemetery, visiting the graves of those famous for music, football,cotton, philanthropy, flight, the ship canal, painting, politics, and property. You really can tell the whole story of Manchester just in this beautiful cemetery".

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council's executive member for culture and leisure said: "Southern Cemetery is a fascinating place with an enthralling history and I'm sure people will jump at the chance to learn more about the celebrated people buried there while enjoying the extremely diverse wildlife in the cemetery.

"The tours are a compliment to the team at Southern Cemetery who, alongside the successful Friends of Southern Cemetery group, have work tirelessly and were recently awarded a Green Flag Award for the second year running."

Read all about Emma's cemetery tours in the Manchester Evening News

NB £1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Friends of Southern Cemetery


Where do we meet?

Meet inside the main cemetery gates on Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, M21 7GL. These are opposite James Hilton Memorials, 245d Barlow Moor Road, M21 7QL.    NB do not meet at the crematorium.  Please arrive a few minutes early.

Is there an age limit to enter the event?

No, the tour is suitable for anyone able to walk and stand for two hours on paths and grass.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The cemetery gates will be locked, as it is a Sunday, but there is plenty of parking available on Barlow Moor Road, in the laybys opposite the cemetery.  

Withington Metrolink stop is next to the cemetery on Princess Parkway.   

The 104 and 101 buses go along Princess Parkway from where it is only a short walk along Barlow Moor Road to the cemetery.

The 23 and 23A go along Barlow Moor Road between Didsbury and Chorlton.  You can get the Metrolink to Chorlton, walk round the corner onto Barlow Moor Road to the bus stop by Max Spielmann to catch the 23.  It's a 4 minute journey. Get off at Aldermary Road.

View bus timetables

There are railings suitable for locking your bike to.

Are there any toilet facilties at the event?

Yes, but bring your own loo roll!

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Emma Fox on 07500 774 200 or email 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


What if it's raining, snowing or 40 degrees C?

The tours take place whatever the weather.  Please dress appropriately!

Who are Manchester Guided Tours ?

We are the largest group of qualified, insured, professional Manchester Green Badge and North West Blue Badge tourist guides working in Manchester.

Find out more at our website.

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Barlow Moor Road
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