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Manchester: Canal & River Cruise

Manchester: Canal & River Cruise

See Manchester from another perspective on a scenic canal cruise. Make your way along the Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell, admiring some of the city's key sights including Manchester United's home ground and the historic Stephenson's Railway Bridge. Board from Salford Quays and 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 railway bridge from 1830. Pass by the first of the 120-meter-long locks of the Manchester Ship Canal, admiring the impressive Imperial War Museum and old Pomona Docks before heading into the heart of Manchester along the River Irwell. During the cruise, listen to commentary that describes the history of the Manchester Ship Canal. Learn about the industries that made the city one of the powerhouses of Europe in the 19th century and hear about the exciting future that's currently being built.

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This was a very enjoyable trip. So much to see, incredible how many people now live near to the river. I have already recommended this to a number of people. Weather not good but we were under cover. Must be amazing to do this in sunny weather and sit on top of the boat. Am now looking to do another river trip, hopefully to Liverpool.

Fantastic day out! Seven friends enjoyed all the trip had to offer including a drink from the bar and interesting information highlighting key points of interest along the way! Good value for money and can highly recommend!

For £10 it’s the perfect hour cruise. Some narration as well giving historical background which was great

A very relaxing hour cruising the quays. Lasts an hour so great value for an hour

Absolutely amazing experience from start to finish, staff very friendly