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  1. United Kingdom
  2. North West England
  3. Manchester
  4. River Irwell

Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

Product ID: 107185
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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.
About this activity
Duration 60 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

The pickup point is at Ralli Quay in the city center, on the other side of the river from the People's History Museum and opposite the Dockyard Bar. It is not located in Salford Quays.

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Important information
Know before you go
• The cruise is not wheelchair accessible as there are some steps descending into the vessel
• Boats depart every 75 minutes
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based on 229 reviews
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Manchester River Cruises

Product ID: 107185