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The North West, Manchester Ship Canal - 5 Days

The North West, Manchester Ship Canal - 5 Days

Manchester Ship Canal, Anderton Boat Lift, East Lancashire Steam Railway, Southport, Albert Dock, BBC Media City

Wednesday Day 1We head north with a comfort stop to the Anderton Boat Lift. Winner of the large Visitor attraction in 2018 – it has earnt its nickname of Cathedral of the Canals for a very good reason. Not only does it still do the job it was designed to do of lifting boats and barges the 50 feet from the River Weaver Navigation  to the Trent and Mersy canal,  but it does it with the most ingenious and endearing character of any structure on the canal system. We have included a 75 minutes combined lift and river cruise, taking you along the picturesque River Weaver Navigation to to Northwich and back. We leave mid-afternoon and travel to our hotel via the new Mersey Gateway Bridge. On arrival at our home for the next four nights we have a cup of tea/coffee waiting.

Thursday Day 2: Today we embark on a cruise along the fascinating 35 miles of the Manchester Ship Canal. We enjoy a lively commentary on our six hour cruise which tells the story of how this magnificent waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West. Travelling through locks and bridges that have remained largely unchanged since their construction over 100 years ago.

Friday Day 3: This morning we travel to Rawtenstall, where we enjoy a nostalgic trip on the East Lancashire Railway to the famous market town of Bury. On arrival we visit the Bury Transport Museum which has recently undergone a £3 million refurbishment. The museum is located across the road from the station and displays a wide selection of restored vehicles including vintage buses, a tram, tractors, transport vehicles and a historic steam locomotive. 

Saturday Day 4:  To Salford where we join a tour of the BBC at Media City UK in Salford and walk in the footsteps of some of our favourite celebrities. The studios are home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match of the Day, Blue Peter, A Question of Sport, Mastermind, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 live, CBBC, BBC Sport and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few. Well-informed and friendly tour guides will entertain and surprise us, giving us a fascinating insight into how TV and radio work. The afternoon is spent at the Trafford Shopping Centre.

Sunday Day 5:  Our day starts with a visit to Southport. The town became popular with tourists due to the easy access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool canal. The town’s attractions include Southport Pier with its Tramway, the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles, and Lord Street, an elegant tree-lined shopping street, once home of Napoleon 111 of France. After free time here we travel to the Albert Dock, Liverpool with free time before we continue our journey back home to Mid-Wales.                                                                                                                                 

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Your Holiday Includes

  • 4 nights half board @ 3* Mercure Georgian Manor Hotel
  • Porterage In/Out
  • Welcoming cup of tea/coffee
  • Small glass of wine with dinner on 1st night
  • Journey to Liverpool on the Manchester Ship Canal
  • 75 minute boat trip using the Anderton Boat Lift
  • Single journey on he East Lancashire steam train to Bury
  • Entrance to Bury Transport Museum
  • Guided tour of the BBC Media City


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Your Hotel The 3 star Mercure Georgian Manor Bolton is built around a former Georgian Manor House with landscaped gardens. Each of the 91 spacious bedrooms are accessible by lift and the comfortable brasserie restaurant (accessed by a few steps) features a sun terrace surrounded by lovely gardens. There is also a sports bar and leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna. There are ground floor rooms. En suite rooms have: HD LED TV, complimentary high-speed WiFi, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, bath or shower. Your Hotel
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Price £439 per person
  single r supp. £3 Nil

Departure Date: 22 July 20

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