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Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

1. Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

Climb aboard a pleasure boat in central Manchester and embark on a trip from the heart of Manchester's old docklands into the center of the city. See sights from the modern Media City, now home to the BBC and the new home of ITV's Coronation Street, to the imposing Old Trafford football stadium and George Stephenson’s 1830 railway bridge. Pass by the first of the 120 meter long locks of the Manchester Ship Canal, and admire the impressive Imperial War Museum and old Pomona Docks before heading into the heart of Manchester along the River Irwell. Listen to a full commentary that describes the history of the Manchester Ship Canal and the industries that made the city one of the powerhouses of Europe in the 19th century. Hear about the exciting future now being built.

Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

2. Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

Learn about the club's history and achievements as you explore the museum. Take a tour of Old Trafford and sit in your favorite player's seat in the dressing room. Imagine yourself ready to start the cup final as you walk through the players’ tunnel towards the pitch. Take Ole’s seat in the dugout and plan your tactics. See the press room where the manager makes his statement after each home game and the VIP room that has hosted so many big names over the years. After completing your behind-the-scenes tour, receive a personalized certificate to commemorate your visit to Old Trafford as well as souvenir headphones.

Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Museum and Stadium Tour

3. Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Museum and Stadium Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite players on this behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Etihad Stadium. Take a look at the state-of-the-art new player facilities of the revamped stadium and club. From arrival to pre-match preparations, and from the big match to their post-match media obligations, gain a true understanding of the journey that players take on a match day. Follow your guide who will bring each corner of the stadium to life with interesting stories, facts, and anecdotes. There are plenty of new areas to visit this season, including the brand new player facilities and the introduction of The Tunnel Club – the first of its kind in world football.

Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

4. Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

Your ticket includes admission to all four floors of the museum. On the ground floor, have your photo taken with our FA Cup and Premier League trophies and enjoy the latest pop-up art exhibition. Level 1 is where you'll discover the must-see memorabilia — look out for the trophy won by England in 1966. You'll also uncover some fascinating history, like in England on the World Stage, which looks at the ups and downs of the England team. Level 1 is also the meeting point for guided tours. On Level 2, you'll find all the interactive challenges including Penalty Shootout. Temporary exhibitions on Level 3 change twice a year and take an in-depth look at soccer through art, photography, and technology.

Manchester: City Bus Tour

5. Manchester: City Bus Tour

Explore the birthplace of the industrial revolution aboard the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus in Manchester and learn more about the city's contribution to science, politics, music, arts and sport. Hop-on and off at any of the 15 stops on a route that has been carefully planned to include key sights such as Manchester Town Hall, the National Football Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club. Hop-off at Salford Quays to visit the famous Lowry art gallery and Imperial War Museum North in the stunning building by Daniel Libeskind. Discover the new media hub where the BBC and ITV have located their TV studios, and avail of the canal-side shops and restaurants. 

Manchester: Urban Axe Throwing Experience

6. Manchester: Urban Axe Throwing Experience

Experience the thrill of axe throwing against the backdrop of a pumping soundtrack in urban Manchester. Benefit from the skills of professional instructors and toss some steel around in the heart of the city. Pick a spot in one of 10 lanes and size up your two targets. Let your instructor show you the basics. Aim for the bullseye and feel the thrill as your axe hits the target. Unwind with some drinks at the on-site bar after your experience.

Manchester: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

7. Manchester: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the famous streets of Manchester. Put your funky moves on display and serenade the people of the city with your pop star voice on a musically-instructed adventure. Experience a unique roaming riot of revelry around the mythical and historical streets of the city. Don your hi-tech headset and bust some swinging grooves whilst listening to some iconic tunes and hits from across the decades. As your inhibitions evaporate and laughter takes over, you will be part of the best all-dancing, all-singing walking tour in town. Ganging up with your super-stylish leader at the starting point, groove down the historic streets, passing famous landmarks, performers and the public (who will be looking on in awe and jealousy). Be prepared to never look at Manchester, or yourself, in the same way again.

From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

8. 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.

From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

9. From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

The tour leaves Manchester in the morning and heads straight for the border of Wales. Conwy is the first stop of the day, one of most picture-perfect harbor towns in the world. Here you can see a castle perched by the sea, the world's smallest house, and lots of cute restaurants serving up the best fish and chips. Venture along the winding, scenic roads of the Snowdonia National Park before arriving in Betws-Y-Coed. This quaint town is known as the gateway to Snowdonia and is famous for its alpine trees and cosy cafes. Chester is your next stop. This is one of England’s most historic towns and there is plenty to do here. It's advised to go straight to the ancient cathedral and learn about its remarkable past.

From Manchester: Lake District Tour

10. From Manchester: Lake District Tour

This tour gives you a day in the Lake District National Park from Manchester. It’s an ideal way to see amazing landscapes associated with this stunning National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Leaving Manchester three times a week, the tour heads North via the M6 Motorway, and in approximately two hours, you will arrive in the beautiful Lake District.   Visit the medieval village of Hawkshead, famous for its connection with Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Explore its many delightful features — there are plenty of photo opportunities as William Wordsworth's old Grammar School is located here, along with St Michael and All Angels Church which overlooks the village. You will also have time to explore and get something to eat; see the cobbled alleys, shops, cafes, galleries, and many more attractions. You will travel past incredible scenery in the Lake District, stopping for photographs at the most beautiful spots as you meander through the central Lakes. Spend time in the Langdale valley and take in views of the Langdale Pikes. As your Lake District tour comes to an end, you will then continue your journey back to Manchester.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,272 reviews

I'm a Liverpool fan, but I did enjoy the tour a lot. Got to get to the stadium, dressing rooms, communication rooms, and hear about the club's History and that even learned that at the first match ever that was played at Old Traford Manchester united lost to Liverpool:-)

Beautiful places covered. Scenary awesome. Windermere cruise (optional) was totally worth. Itinerary planned very well. Lovely spots as picure-stops. Unfortunately Lancaster had to be dropped

Good itinerary. Good bits of interesting information from tour guide/ driver. Enthusiastic & well-informed tour guide keeping environment lively.

The most fun I’ve had in such a long time. Would recommend it to anyone and everyone!

It was totally worth every penny! we enjoyed to the fullest.