Manchester City Centre Murder Mystery Trail

The Cereal Killer


Only one purchase required for a group of
up to 6 people

(1 detective log)

Would you like to explore the ginnels of Manchester whilst solving a dead ‘ard murder mystery?

Well, you’ve come to the right place, detective! The Cereal Killer is an imaginative self-guided city tour experience that escorts you on a thrilling journey past some of the city’s most visited attractions in the heart of the city. Along the way, you’ll discover a bowlful of historical landmarks and hidden gems, solve cryptic puzzles and find hidden clues to ultimately deduce whodunit. The game is afoot! Are you up for the challenge? Available for instant download. Go now!

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About this trail

This Manchester Murder Mystery Trail has the perfect route plotted out to make sure you see all the highlights in the city centre!

The Cereal Killer – Manchester Murder Mystery Trail is a self-guided walking tour that navigates you past some of the best historical landmarks that Manchester has to offer, including:

  • Piccadilly Gardens
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • Exchange Square
  • Manchester Town Hall
  • Manchester Central Library
  • Canal Street
  • the Alan Turing Memorial
  • Many more hidden gems

The Manchester city trail route is relatively flat, about 3km long and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. There are plenty of refreshment stops and photo opportunities along the way!

Manchester trail statistics:

  • Start location: Piccadilly Gardens, M1 3AY
  • Clue difficulty: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Distance: 3km
  • Terrain: Easy
  • Wheelchair/buggy accessible: OK*

The case synopsis:

What does a reverend, a bee-keeper, an illusionist and a musician all have in common? They’ve all fallen under suspicion of a baffling crime. You face your most fearsome challenge yet, with wits matched against an egotistical villain. The owner of Killog’s Cereal has been murdered. Supernatural beings are haunting the Town Hall. Ahead of you lies a trail of taunting clues from the cunning culprit. But which suspect is behind the sinister events?

Trail overview:

  • A murder mystery themed self-guided walking tour around Manchester City Centre.
  • Discover historical landmarks and hidden gems as you follow the trail.
  • Solve clues to discover evidence, eliminate suspected characters and weapons, and ultimately deduce whodunit.
  • Instantly downloadable trail.
  • Print onto A4 paper or follow the trail using any smartphone or tablet device (see below).
  • Ideal for groups of 2-6 people. Only one purchase required per group, so makes for an affordable day out!
  • Self-guided tour – do whenever you like and at your own pace.
  • Whether a local or visiting somewhere new, our trails are the best way to explore and learn about your surroundings.
  • Solve correctly, and you'll receive a certificate and a voucher towards your next trail!
Discover landmarks
& hidden gems
Find clues &
solve puzzles
Deduce whodunit
to crack the case!
  • Discover landmarks & hidden gems
  • Find clues & solve puzzles
  • Deduce whodunit to crack the case!

How does it work?

Our trails are self-guided walking tours. This means you can conquer them at your own pace, taking as many detours and pit-stops as you desire. We’ve investigated all the highlights each location has to offer which have been carefully crafted into our Killer Trails, so there’s plenty of selfie opportunities along each route. Before you know it, you’ll have walked a mile and already be dying to solve your next case!

Simply download and print the trail onto A4 paper and you’re ready to go. No access to a printer? No worries. Alternatively, you can follow the trail using any tablet or smartphone device. Just make sure to note down your answers as you go to complete the Cryptic Crossword when back at home with a warm cuppa. Learn more...

Who is the trail aimed at?

Killer Trails are challenging adventures full of riddles, cryptic puzzles and gripping stories for anyone who loves to explore, socialise and learn. Our creative team has devised compelling narratives for each trail that are full of pop culture parodies for the eagle-eyed detective. You’ll get a kick out of our trails if you enjoy escape rooms, puzzles, scavenger hunts, ghost and historical tours, murder mysteries and board games.

Our Murder Mystery style treasure hunts are ideal for a thrilling day out with family, friends, spouses or colleagues. Highly addictive for adults and the whole family, you’ll be gutted you didn’t find out about us sooner. Our trails work best for small groups of two to six people. Purchasing and printing just one copy of the trail is required per group. Everyone will work better as a team and this also makes for an affordable day out! More than six people in your group?

Plot a killer day out in Manchester

Considered the world’s first industrial city, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts, and sport. And today the city combines this heritage with a multicultural urban paradise that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.

Manchester is rich in cultural highlights and renowned for its eclectic mix of museums, shops, canals, fine food, music, and architecture. Marvel at historic landmarks such as the Manchester Town Hall and Manchester Central Library. When it comes to Manchester’s nightlife, you’ll be completely spoilt for choice. It has one of the strongest scenes in the country, boasting major club establishments and live music hot spots both big and small. If you’re searching for fun things to do in Manchester City Centre, this Murder Mystery themed trail captures the essence of the city, leaving you with a clear understanding of what the area has to offer, and a smile on your face.

Inspect all of our murder mystery themed trails in Greater Manchester and North West England.

*The route is all pavement or tarmac. Some road crossing points may not have dropped kerbs. Some of the route has cobbled streets. Head to Euansguide for more local information.

Starting point

The starting point for this trail is in Piccadilly Gardens, M60 1AY.

A local car park is NCP Piccadilly Gardens, Chatham St, M1 3AY.

Detective logs

*Warning!* Spoilers may be included in the descriptions or images.
  1. JaneR2D2

    The clues have a nice level of difficulty and the directions are easy to follow. The trail showed us things we hadn’t noticed before in Manchester. Great fun on a sunny day.

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