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Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

1. Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

From the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. On this 50-minute cruise, you’ll sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage. There is simply no better way to enjoy Liverpool’s iconic waterfront than from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Learn about the history of the Mersey Ferries and the Beatles, who performed 4 times on board the Royal Iris. The performances spanned 3 distinct periods in the development of the renowned group. The first ferry performance was on a cruise in August 1961, when the Beatles were still wearing leather. In August of the following year, they performed again, changing their image to a more clean-cut look, sporting suits, and ties. Their final ferry show was on 28 September 1962, featuring Ringo on drums. By this time they had recorded their first single, Love Me Do, at Abbey Road Studios. A week after the show, Love Me Do was released. While enjoying the surroundings you can listen to the commentary in English pointing out the sights along the river. Information sheets in other languages are provided. The tour departs on the hour from Liverpool Pier Head.

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Lake District: Ten Lakes Full-Day Tour

2. Lake District: Ten Lakes Full-Day Tour

The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England and this full-day tour introduces you to just that; magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys and lakes from the south to the north. From within the circle, you will get picture-perfect views of some of the Lake District’s highest peaks. You will travel over the famous Kirkstone and Honister passes whilst enjoying some spectacular mountain scenery. From beautiful valleys to waterfalls and traditional Lakeland villages, there will be plenty of stops for admiring the views and taking photographs.  Your lunch stop will be in the market town of Keswick, where you can try a typical pub lunch, or seek out a charming restaurant. You will also get the chance to stretch your legs at either the magnificent lake of Derwent water or Ullswater, where you can see the Lake District the tranquility of the Lake.

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From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

3. From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

Depart from Manchester in the morning and head straight for the lovely Lake District. Stop first at Bowness, situated on the shores of Lake Windermere. Take some free time to stroll along the lake, opt for a scenic cruise, or wander around the town and admire the sublime views.  Travel around the southern tip of Windermere toward Coniston Water. Take in views of this lake before arriving in the picturesque village of Hawkshead. This is where poet William Wordsworth attended grammar school.  After exploring the quaint village, take the narrow country roads north towards Grasmere, a place Wordsworth described as "the loveliest spot that man hath found." Enjoy spectacular views of Ullswater Lake as you continue on back roads to the southern shore, and then onwards out of the Lake District to Lancaster.  A contrast to the already-visited villages, this town boasts majestic medieval architecture and a spectacular castle that looms over the surrounding district. From Lancaster, head back toward Manchester, arriving in the early evening.

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Manchester: Swing and Rat Pack River Cruise

4. Manchester: Swing and Rat Pack River Cruise

Join the Princess Katherine for a cruise with a difference and experience an amazing way to enjoy Manchester. A night of amazing tunes will welcome you from your favorite Rat Pack and swing artists, as well as a few classic favorites to keep the boat rocking, courtesy of Russell Shaun. The Princess Katherine provides an intimate atmosphere that will have you dancing in the aisles as the city slides by. Enjoy the lights of the city as the Princess Katherine cruises between the stunning architecture of Salford Quays towards the heart of Manchester. From Old Trafford to the lights of Media City, these are surely some of the best views that Manchester has to offer. As your tour concludes, you'll cruise back to your tour starting location to continue your evening.

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Manchester: Elvis-on-the-River Cruise

5. Manchester: Elvis-on-the-River Cruise

Sit back and enjoy a night of Elvis aboard an exclusive cruise. On this 2.5-hour city cruise, you'll see the sights of the city from the "Theatre of Dreams" of Old Trafford, to the lights of the Media City. You will be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco as you board the Princess Katherine, with lights snacks and canapes accompanying your cruise. As you admire the views of the city's skyline from the old Pomona Docks, an on-board Elvis Presley tribute artist will perform the best of Elvis, which will have you dancing in the aisles as the city slides by. At the conclusion of your rockin' cruise, you will return back to your point of origin.

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Ultimate Lake District Tour Visiting 10 Lakes

6. Ultimate Lake District Tour Visiting 10 Lakes

Your day starts with a climb, all the way up to the Kirkstone Pass Inn for a stop to take in the views back down the valley right the way down to Lake Windermere and Ambleside. From here the road plunges down into the Kirkstone Pass and descends down to Brothers Water. As you arrive at the village of Glenridding, you join a 1-hour cruise on Ullswater to relax and see the stunning fells as the boat cruises the full length of the lake. You then leave Ullswater and head north and west towards Castlerigg. Castlerigg Stone Circle stands on a superb natural plateau commanding a superb 360 degree view over the surrounding fells. Made up of 38 free standing stones, some up to 3 metres (10 feet) high, it is one of Britain's earliest stone circles dating back to the Neolithic period 4000 to 5000 years ago. Your journey now takes you a short distance to the head of Derwentwater where you stop at Lakeside near Keswick, for lunch. You then travel to 'Surprise View', one of the most stunning viewpoints in the Lake District. The road now rises higher as you climb the fell to the Honister Slate Mine at the head of the pass. You have a brief stop here. You now descend slowly down the steep track as it twists and turns into the Honister Pass and on to Buttermere. Buttermere could not be more of a contrast to the magnificent yet hard scenery of Honister. You are now entering the Vale of Lorton, one of the lushest and prettiest parts of the Northern Lakes. The spectacular scenery continues as you move along the shore of Crummock Water with unparalleled views and also the site of an ancient battle. From here the scenery softens and the fells decline into hills. You now take the road which will bring you into the Whinlatter Pass, your third mountain pass on this tour. The pass winds through Whinlatter Forest. Then on to the Whinlatter Viewpoint where you will stop again to allow you to admire the magnificent views of Bassenthwaite. You now head back towards Keswick and start the journey down towards Ambleside. On the way you will pass Thirlmere, and at the foot of the water, you then head back along your fourth, and last, mountain pass of Dunmail Raise. You pass Grasmere village to drive along the shores of Grasmere, your ninth lake. The road winds along the shore until you come to Rydal Water, your tenth and final lake.

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Manchester: Old Trafford Match Day River Cruise

7. Manchester: Old Trafford Match Day River Cruise

Enjoy matchday travel for Manchester United games at Old Trafford. This transfer service offers a pick-up from Manchester city center by the popular Spinningfields development, dropping fans off by the stadium.  Along the way, you will be able to gain a unique view of the city as you pass through the impressive Ordsall Chord and the newly refurbished Stephenson's Bridge on your journey along the River Irwell and Manchester Ship Canal.  Have an onboard bar so you can enjoy a drink with fellow match goers and enjoy the pre-game atmosphere you'd find in any pub. Return promptly 20 minutes after the final whistle.

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From Chester: Lake District Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

8. From Chester: Lake District Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

This full-day adventure departs from Chester and heads straight towards the luscious countryside. Admire the views as you travel to the UK’s largest national park, the Lake District, stopping at the underground Rheged Discovery Center along the way. During the partially narrated 2-hour journey to the Lake District, the tour also stops by the famous Castlerigg Neolithic Stone Circle where you can feel ancient, mythical energy flowing around you. Afterwards, continue onto Grasmere Village which boasts an array of beautiful 19th-century architecture, as well as the grave of well-known poet William Wordsworth. Afterwards, let your nose lead the way to Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, where you can taste a selection of traditional sweet treats from the region. After you’ve filled up on gingerbread, it’s time to explore the national park and navigate through the Langdales, also known as “Little Switzerland.” As you wander around the park, marvel at the breathtaking views that sprawl across the landscape, which offer some of the most dramatic and diverse scenery in the UK. Throughout the tour, there are plenty of stops to make the most of your trip to the Lake District. One of the highlights of the day includes an amble around Blea Tarn before a stop at Ambleside where you can get lost in the maze of twisting streets or shop at a selection of picturesque stores.

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From Liverpool: Lake District Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

9. From Liverpool: Lake District Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

Travel along the backbone of the UK as you head North to the area known as the Lake District in Cumbria. Your partially narrated journey will inform you of what to expect throughout the day and give you an insight into events throughout History as well as information on the places you will be visiting. As you arrive in Bowness on Windermere, you will have the opportunity to travel across this famous lake by Steamer style boat or similar lake cruiser. Fully narrated and lasting about 45-minutes, the views from the centre of the Lake are not to be missed. Boat trip over, you will now have the chance to explore the old mill town of Ambleside. Here, you can sample the delights of the Lake District in one of the many Bistros, Cafes, Hotels or Pubs. See the old Mill house standing on its own bridge across StockGhyll as you roam around this fascinating little town. You will then head outdoors, gaining elevation as we go where you will see the true National Park in its unspoilt glory. Blea Tarn will astound you with its natural beauty and you can burn a few calories as you take a gentle hike along a historic trail across the valley. Grasmere will tempt you to sample the world famous Gingerbread with the aroma wafting out of the little shop. Step back in time to the late 1900's as you enter the shop to fill your bags with lashings of Gingerbread. Who knows, some of it may make it home to share with your friends and relatives! For the lovers of Wordsworth's Poems, Grasmere is a must visit. Here you will find the last resting place of the great poet laid peacefully in his favourite place on earth. Your tour will end with the journey back to Liverpool and onto your ship.

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What people are saying about North West England

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 472 reviews

Absolutely fantastic evening entertainment top rate fabulous singer very friendly.. Staff very friendly... The whole experience of the cruise was brilliant... Great atmosphere pleasent veiw of the evening lit up as you sailed along.. You could get up and dance the.night sway.. Drinks and snacks on board.. Highly recommend

It was great trip very and interesting with the commentary over the speaker system. As a Mancunian i can honestly say Liverpool history is fascinating and some great views of the Three Graces (The three iconic buildings)

It was a great trip mainly because of Darren, our driver, guide, narrator and dj.

first time time to Liverpool very interesting facts and information

A great way to see the best City skyline that is Liverpool.