EXCLUSIVE: The Principal Hotel (formerly the Palace Hotel) Tours
The button below shows a tour with the ex-Refuge chairman, the charming Gerald Ramsden, who worked in the Principal Hotel building for more than forty years from junior to boss.
"Thanks for making it special – Mr Ramsden LOVED IT. He’s emailed us again to say a big thank you," Michael Purtill, General Manager (former)
Manchester’s Principal Hotel has teamed up with www.JonathanSchofieldtours.com to host a series of specialist tours, uncovering some of the incredible history behind this iconic building.
The Principal Hotel is one of Great Britain’s grandest commercial buildings - the former offices of the Refuge Assurance. Constructed in stages between 1891 and 1932, the building has now been fully renovated as part of the site’s multi-million pound redevelopment.
This transformation includes all 271 bedrooms and suites; the Ballroom and 16 other private dining and event spaces; and the creation of The Refuge Public Bar & Dining Room by Volta.
The painstaking renovation has also revealed a feast of original details in glorious terracotta, faience, marble and glazed brick.These tours of this fascinating building will unlock its secrets, explain its role in the city’s history and give guests plenty of opportunity to photograph its many beauties.
Thus visitors will gain an exclusive peek at this fabulously restored building including the boardroom, the stairs with their superb stained glass, the former banking hall and the vaults under the building.
Along with the story of the Refuge/Principal Hotel, there will be plenty of stories of the people who have worked within this monumental construction. Entertainment, information and humour are guaranteed.
Meeting point: main reception of the hotel on Oxford Road.
TICKET: The PayPal receipt sent to your email address is your ticket. Either print out or save an electronic version on your phone. If there are less than five bookings, the tour may be postponed, refunds or alternative dates will then be available. Jonathan Schofield may not always be the tour guide on the day.