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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.

From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

2. 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 Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

3. From Manchester: North Wales Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

Leave the bustling city of Manchester and travel to Wales on a 90-minute fully-narrated journey arriving at Llandudno. Visit the 12th century hidden chapel of St. Tudno on the Great Orme. Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed in 1283 with a fabulous 3/4-mile wall circuit. Go inside Conwy Castle, a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with the french Richard The Engineer. Head into Snowdonia National Park using carefully-selected, off-the-beaten-track routes with a stop at the “capital of North Wales”: Betws-Y-Coed prayer house in the woods. Finally, take the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford in between 1795 and 1805. Prepare to be entertained and informed from your experienced guide and driver.

Manchester: Showtime Musicals Cruise

4. Manchester: Showtime Musicals Cruise

Join the Princess Katherine for a cruise with a difference, providing you with an amazing way to enjoy Manchester. A night of awesome tunes will welcome you as you enjoy your favorite musical hits, ranging from Grease to Mamma Mia. There will also be a few classic favorites to keep the boat rocking. 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 some of the best views that Manchester has to offer.

Manchester: Swing and Rat Pack River Cruise

5. 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.

Manchester: Elvis-on-the-River Cruise

6. 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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What people are saying about Manchester

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 191 reviews

So we went on the river tour for part of my birthday day out in Manchester and I was not disappointed. The staff were so friendLot and it was such an enjoyable experience and very informative. I’d deffiently suggest anyone visiting Manchester to come on the boat tour!

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

Very interesting and informative. Able to sit on the top deck and the boat was not crowded. Highly recommend.

Cannot recommend this cruise enough. Comfy boat, friendly staff and a fascinating city landscape.

The service was good and precisely on time … we really enjoyed it … excellent value