Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

From $12.50 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 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.

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    • The cruise is not wheelchair accessible as there are some steps descending into the vessel
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    4.5 /5

    based on 247 reviews

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    at the time of booking i made a mistake and choosed wrong pick up point .when i realised i sent an email and message to the number given on website and they made it all right. In the end all went smoothly. Must and worth trying it . I will definitely visit soon.

    August 26, 2019

    Interesting and informative

    We were initially a bit concerned as none of the hotel staff or other locals we spoke to had heard of the cruise. On arriving at Ralli Quays we found the boarding point and the boat arrived promptly. The cruise was informative and interesting. We sat upstairs as it was a lovely day and had the bonus of seeing how wildlife and plants were reclaiming the abandoned landing points. It was in all an enjoyable hour which was over all too soon. Would love to do a night time cruise on another occasion if this was available. The boat was clean and had a well presented bar. The staff were friendly and helpful.

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    June 27, 2019

    It was good.

    It was good overall in terms of different sites visited within the activity. However, the quality of the boat was not satisfactory. On the upper deck, the seats were too close and were facing each other with the ones on the opposite side. This made it a bit uncomfortable for people seated as they had to adjust themselves every time someone walked in between. If this is improved, the experience will be much better.

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    September 3, 2018

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