Winner: Best City and Neighbourhood Blog 2011

Shortlisted: Best Arts and Culture Blog 2011

Based in Manchester, Skyliner is about sharing stories of unusual art, architecture and history with a view to enthusing residents of their cities to love where they live, and an ultimate aim to acquire and share knowledge freely. 

Awareness of our art and our history can help drive passion for important sites; it can help save buildings in danger; it can expand minds; it can inspire people. There are archives being destroyed; but there are stories we can save. 

All locations on Skyliner are visited with permission -  we don’t believe in writing about somewhere we’ve never actually explored ourselves, or sourcing photographs from people we’ve never met. As such there can be delays between articles because we’re busy securing access, or finding the right equipment and photographer for the visit. Those waits between articles are the most exciting time because, for us, that’s when we’re likely to be on a roof, or crawling under a floor space somewhere and, for you, we sometimes get the opportunity to run tours in those spaces - so keep your eye on our Facebook page for news!

You can listen to my BBC interview about Skyliner here

Your involvement:

If you want to photograph or illustrate anything for Skyliner (and potentially be republished on international sites that I contribute articles to) then just email me. Or if you have another idea for collaboration I’d love to hear it.

We are very interested in documenting buildings prior to demolition or renovation so that we can create an intricate archive of our built environment. If you are the owner of a development site and would like us to research its history and photograph it please get in touch.

Press and Projects:

Since its beginning Skyliner has been featured and recommended in publications across the globe, including Creative Tourist’s Best UK Arts BlogsThe TelegraphFlavorwireThe British Council, and during the latter half of 2012 it appeared twice in The Guardian

At the beginning of 2013 Skyliner premiered its first art show; Streetview at 2022NQ to critical acclaim across the UK - the show was also featured in many national publications including coverage from the BBC and The Guardian. Prints from the show are available to buy here


Featured in The Telegraph’s Incredible Street Art Tours, Skyliner run occasional alternative tours of the city around themes of art, history and architecture. You can also commission private tours, past clients include Google, Visit Manchester, Hyper Island. 


Skyliner is one person, and is self-funded. If you approach me to help on your project that will benefit from the information I share with you then please help me to make a living, or credit me so that others can.


The creator of Skyliner is Hayley Flynn.

A lover of looking up, opening closed doors, microfilm, and architectural illustrations. I love art and cities, and as a consequence I am now a tour guide, curator, location scout and researcher. Master of none. 

I am also the author of Central Manchester: Through Time (Ambereley Publishing, 2014) and can also be found writing for Creative TouristUntapped Cities, Manchester Confidential, Now Then Manchester, Twigs and Apples, and 2022 magazine. In 2013 my article about the former Piccadilly Hotel appeared in print as part of Manchester Art Gallery’s Dreams Without Frontiers publication curated by Dave Haslam.

I have been known to babble on a bit on the radio too, I was the 'Voice of Manchester 2000-2012' on the Beeb for a Diamond Jubilee special in 2012. 

And I have a second, much-abandoned blog all about reading other people’s mail: Lost Touch


Unless otherwise stated, all written work and images are my own. So beware…

Skyliner is part of the UK Web Archive

If you’re a photographer or curator and would like to collaborate on a piece; if you're interested in booking me as an alternative tour guide; or if you’re neither of those things and are simply curious about places I’ve been to and would like to know more, then why not ask me a question; drop me a line; say hello…

I can also provide help with location scouting throughout Greater Manchester
You can email me if you'd prefer