Corridors: three manoeuvres by Tim Brennan in Manchester

‘Corridors’ is a unique exploration of Manchester’s Knowledge Quarter, and the latest in a series of pocket travel companions which artist Tim Brennan launched in the late 1990’s.

Corridors: three manoeuvres by Tim Brennan in Manchester extends Brennan’s unique approach to the guided walk, in which the walk is built out of quotations referenced from a wide range of sources. Published in 2021, the juxtaposition of texts, when read against each designated stopping point aims to steer the walker into thought and if walking as a group into live debate. 

Brennan’s guidebooks are not dependent on the reader having to walk the route but can be enjoyed as an alternative form of travel writing. This travel companion is the latest in a series that includes Guidebook, (1999); Prospectus (1999): and Enchiridion (2011). 

Oxford Road forms the spine of the Corridor and is flanked by two of the UK’s largest Universities, Manchester Central Library, Manchester Museum, theatres, venues, galleries, public artworks, restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels, squares, inner city parks, retail outlets, residential accommodation and public transport services. 

The Corridor is peppered with blue and red plaques, memorials and statues, that skim the surface of the incredibly rich histories that make up what formed the beating heart of the industrial revolution and what is rapidly becoming the UK’s second capital.

You can follow each route using the links below and scroll down for further reading on the project. 


Type: Circular walk
Begins and ends at Manchester Central Library
Distance: 2.7 miles/4.3 km
Difficulty: Easy


Type: Linear walk
Begins at Manchester Central Library, ends at the Whitworth
Distance: 3.2 miles/5.1 km
Difficulty: Moderate

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