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Jonathan Schofield Tours

Jonathan Schofield has been a registered Blue Badge Guide since 1996 and is the Editor-at-Large of Manchester Confidential ( the city’s largest independent magazine. He is also the Editor of Manchester Books Limited ( and has written several books on the North West. He is a regular broadcaster on local and national radio recently appearing on Melvyn Bragg’s The Matter of the North on Radio 4.
He is also public speaker, a town and city identity consultant and a freelance writer on tourism, architecture, public art, history and food and drink. He was Highly Commended at the Manchester Tourism Awards 2005 for the Best Tourism Experience of the Year in Greater Manchester (awarded for guiding services). His award-winning tours have included Radical Manchester, the Incredible Interiors, Chetham’s Library and Medieval Buildings, Engels in Manchester, London Road Fire Station tours and many others.

In 2008 he was appointed the director of a training course for new Manchester guides on the strength of his guiding skills. All 24 people who took the final exams passed the course. 

He was the official tour guide for the world-famous Manchester International Festival in 2015 leading 16 sold-out tours. He has been appointed the official guide for 2017 as well. He is the exclusive tour-guide partner for Chetham's Library and Medieval Buildings and was the only guide asked to lead London Road Fire Station tours.

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