They’ve offered an incredibly interesting view onto Manchester’s rich past – but if you’re keen to go on a tour of London Road Fire Station, you’d better act fast.
Because they’re coming to an end this June.
The gorgeous building has been on point since it opening, with Lord Mayor Thewlis declaring London Road “the finest fire station in the world” when it opened in 1906.
The Grade II Listed building was home to not only firefighter but families – over the course of its life as a fire station it witnessed births, deaths, weddings, break-ups and a fair few merry nights, until its closure in 1986.
Owners Allied London opened the site to visitors last June, and tour guide Jonathan Schofield has given them a flavour of the station’s variety: “The building speaks to the heart of Manchester with not only its scale and presence, but also its human story,” he says.
Bob Bonner of the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum addeD: “It’s completely over the top. It’s got sculptures and statues, there’s never been a fire station so ornate. It’s magnificent”.
Allied London have announced plans to revive this iconic and much-loved landmark.
But in the meantime, the last London Road Fire Station tours are:
- Thursday June 1: 1pm
- Friday June 2: 6.30pm
- Saturday June 3: 10.30pm and 5.30pm
- Sunday June 4: 11am and 1pm