Merely two hours from London by train or easily accessible with direct flights on Thomas Cook Airlines from Boston, New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles or San Francisco, Manchester stands united far beyond its namesake soccer team, particularly when it comes to the LGBTQ community.
But Manchester’s gay history has had its upheavals, dating back to 1880 and the raiding of an all-male “fancy dress” ball in the Hulme district.
In 2005, rainbow mosaics were installed along the city streets to identify an LGBT Heritage Walk, which marks significant locales in Manchester’s queer history.
Certified guide and author Jonathan Schofield is a go-to for private tours, which can be customized to touch upon architecture, music and pub culture. Ninety-minute tours begin at $160.