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Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

From US$ 12.41 per person

Take a 60 to 70-minute cruise along Manchester's historic Ship Canal and River Irwell on board a boat from central Manchester. Venture through the industrial heartland of the north of England and see historic monuments such as Stephenson's railway bridge.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Get a unique view of Stephenson's 1830 railway bridge and the contrasting Ordsall Chord
  • Cruise past Manchester United's home ground, known as the "Theatre of Dreams"
  • See highlights, from the ultra-modern Media City to the railway arches over Hulme Lock
  • Learn about Manchester's industrial past and exciting future from the on-board commentary
Full description
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.
  • 60-minute cruise
  • On board commentary
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Ralli Quay is on the other side of the river from the People's History Museum and opposite the Dockyard Bar. There are steps down to the quayside in front of the office building with a brick façade and blue windows at the end of the silver foot bridge; access by road is easier via the Bridge Street side of Stanley Street. The nearest parking is at the NCP New Bailey. Google Maps link to the exact meeting point is: https://goo.gl/maps/aFdgK25m68e1LvxZA

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  • The cruise is not wheelchair accessible as there are some steps descending into the vessel, and there are a series of steps down to the quay side before boarding the vessel
Customer reviews

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based on 387 reviews

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Beautiful day out, the cruise was lovely and relaxing,as we got to soak up some of Manchesters history and scenery. Booking was very easy, the only thing I would say is get there in plenty of time as myself and a few others struggled to find boarding point. Although plenty of directions are given, it still was abit tricky to find

August 30, 2021

It was well worth the money a lovely trip with some local information as you went. Even if you're not interested in the local background if you like a boat trip its interesting and relaxing. Snacks and drinks were on board so that's always a good thing. One small criticism and it is only small, maybe more or just a bigger notice at the top of the steps to say where the boarding point is would just make it a bit easier to find but me and my grandson loved it and will definitely return

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August 27, 2021

It was good hoisting was good. We couldn’t get seat on top but the lady that worked there she got two chairs out made comftable for us they told us all history off museums and grands tv and the rest it was lovely hot day and me and my friend really enjoyed it price was reasonable

August 24, 2021

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