<Back to Attractions in the North West of England

Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

The cruise along the Manchester Ship Canal is operated by Mersey Ferries and can be taken from Manchester, Salford Quays or at the opposite end of the route from either Seacombe on the Wirral or Liverpool. Whichever way round the trip is taken there is a bus transfer back to the starting point.

The trip along the 36 miles of the canal takes 6 hours and is accompanied by a lively commentary telling of the history of the ship canal and how it helped to shape the city of Manchester and the North-west of England. The cruise makes its way through locks and past bridges which have remained relatively unchanged for more than 100 years. It also takes in a succession of swing bridges which turn through 90° to allow the ships to pass by. When the ship canal opened in January 1894 it was the largest river navigation canal in the world.

The cruises take place from April through to October and can be enjoyed as a full day out with an extra stop of 2½ hours spent in Manchester or Liverpool at the end of the cruise before taking the bus-ride back to where you started from. In Manchester take a visit to The Lowry, Imperial War Museum or the Lowry Outlet Mall in Salford Quays – The U-Boat Story in Woodside with its real German WWII U-534 submarine or visit Liverpool’s Albert Dock, the Maritime Museum or the new Museum of Liverpool on the waterfront.

Official Website : www.merseyferries.co.uk/cruises/Manchester-Ship-Canal-Cruises/Pages/Dates

Be Inspired

Castles

Castles were first built in England during the Norman Conquest in the 11th century as fortifications. There are many hundreds of castles throughout England some in good repair whilst others have all but completely disappeared other than a few stones to mark the spot.

Castles

Lakes

England has many lakes spread out over the whole of the country but the most famous must be the Lake District which draws around 16 million visitors each year to admire the beauty of the countryside around the lakesides. Lake Windermere is England’s largest lake.

Lakes

National Parks

The National Parks of England are quite diverse but all have in common one thing and that is their beauty. From the windswept reaches of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the mountains and lakes of the Lake District or the ancient, peaceful tranquility of the New Forest all are worthy of a visit.

National Parks

You may also be Interestd in

Discover a wealth of information on travelling by Motorhome, Caravan or Boat when planning your holiday or trip of a lifetime

Motorhome Guide

Discover the best places to travel in your Motorhome

Find locations to travel in your motorhome as well as all other Motorhome related informtion

Browse Here


Caravan Guide

Discover the best places to travel in your Caravan

Find many locations to travel in your Caravan as well as all other Caravan related informtion here

Browse Here


Baoting Guide

Discover the best places to travel in your Caravan

Find Information on buying boats, taking care of your boat and all boating related information

Browse Here


Discover More

Amazing Destinations

Discover other amazing places to visit from all around the world. Why not create a bucket list and cross them off as you visit. Which of these would be on your list?

Discover More

Promoted Adverts

Which ever way you wish to travel, do it with style!