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
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