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Manchester Ship Canal

Leave ❱ Thu 06 Jun 2019

❰ Return Mon 10 Jun 2019

Half Board

Tour Price: £429
Single Supplement: £

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Manchester Ship Canal


2019 will mark 125 years since the Manchester Ship Canal opened, so to celebrate, we've created a transport themed packaged itinerary for a fun-filled five days in Lancashire.  We include a cruise on Britain’s grandest canal as well as a journey on the East Lancashire Steam Railway and the chance to board Concorde itself!

Thursday – Day 1

Departing our local area this morning we make our way to our hotel. On arrival we enjoy a welcome tea/coffee as our luggage is taken to our room. There is time to settle in prior to dinner this evening.

Friday – Day 2

Today we embark on a cruise along the fascinating 35 miles of the Manchester Ship Canal. The six hour trip is as informative as it is relaxing in telling the story of how the magnificent waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West. Taking us through locks and bridges that have remained largely unchanged since their construction over 100 years ago. During our journey we enjoy a lively commentary giving a revealing insight into the facts, history and dramas of one of Britain’s major waterways. There is also a licensed bar to purchase refreshments and snacks throughout our journey.  Following our cruise we return to our hotel for our evening meal.

Saturday - 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. When we arrive in style at our destination, 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. From Bury we travel to Wilmslow to enjoy lunch, after which we can explore the town at leisure. Wilmslow offers a good selection of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants which cater for those associated with the "Cheshire Set" lifestyle.

Sunday - Day 4

With 2019 also being the 50th anniversary of Concorde’s maiden voyage we thought it was only right that we travel in the footsteps of the “Jet Set” and head to the Runway Visitor Park. Based at Manchester airport we board Concorde (steep steps involved) for our Classic Tour. During the visit we can learn about some of the supersonic aircraft's famous passengers, sit in the pilot’s seat and discover some of the unique features that made BA’s Flagship Concorde so special. We then enjoy an Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the stunning views of Concorde and the busy airport runways. After our informative and fun filled day we travel back to our hotel for dinner.

Monday - Day 5

Time to head for the motorways as we head home.

Hotel Information

We stay at the 3-star Mecure Bolton Georgian House Hotel - built around a former Georgian Manor House with landscaped gardens, conveniently located with easy access of the M61 making it an ideal touring base for the north west.  Each of the 91 spacious en-suite bedrooms is accessible by lift and has television, complimentary high speed WiFi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Rooms at the back of the hotel offer lovely views over the West Pennine Moors.  The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and spa bath.

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Additional Information

Tour Price includes

  • Home pick up
  • 4 nights’ half board accommodation at the Mecure Bolton Georgian House Hotel
  • 6-hour cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal
  • Journey on the East Lancashire Railway
  • Visit to Bury Transport Museum
  • Visit to Wilmslow
  • Visit to Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport

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About Our Tours

We have been operating tours and mini breaks around the U.K. and abroad for a number of years, and by far the most popular innovation that we have introduced in recent years, is to offer a virtually door to door service. Picking up as near as practically possible to your home in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire means you don’t have to worry about getting your luggage to the coach, and avoids the additional cost of having to use taxis.

By using our small fleet of mini-buses, we are able to keep the pick-up time to a minimum and get you on your tour coach and on your way as soon as possible. This way your holiday starts on the first morning. Once your holiday is over we will collect you again from the coach park and return you home.

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