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Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

1. Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

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.

From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

2. From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

Depart from Manchester in the morning and head straight for the lovely Lake District. Stop first at Bowness, situated on the shores of Lake Windermere. Take some free time to stroll along the lake, opt for a scenic cruise, or wander around the town and admire the sublime views.  Travel around the southern tip of Windermere toward Coniston Water. Take in views of this lake before arriving in the picturesque village of Hawkshead. This is where poet William Wordsworth attended grammar school.  After exploring the quaint village, take the narrow country roads north towards Grasmere, a place Wordsworth described as "the loveliest spot that man hath found." Enjoy spectacular views of Ullswater Lake as you continue on back roads to the southern shore, and then onwards out of the Lake District to Lancaster.  A contrast to the already-visited villages, this town boasts majestic medieval architecture and a spectacular castle that looms over the surrounding district. From Lancaster, head back toward Manchester, arriving in the early evening.

From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

3. From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

The tour leaves Manchester in the morning and heads straight for the border of Wales. Conwy is the first stop of the day, one of most picture-perfect harbor towns in the world. Here you can see a castle perched by the sea, the world's smallest house, and lots of cute restaurants serving up the best fish and chips. Venture along the winding, scenic roads of the Snowdonia National Park before arriving in Betws-Y-Coed. This quaint town is known as the gateway to Snowdonia and is famous for its alpine trees and cosy cafes. Chester is your next stop. This is one of England’s most historic towns and there is plenty to do here. It's advised to go straight to the ancient cathedral and learn about its remarkable past.

Manchester: City Highlights Self-Guided Exploration Game

4. Manchester: City Highlights Self-Guided Exploration Game

Get ready for an exciting adventure in the city of Manchester, and discover its best sights while solving puzzles and following clues to the next location with this exciting self-guided mobile exploration game. Receive instructions on how to download and play the game via email, and begin at Manchester Cathedral. Reenact the role of a character on a quest to save a woman wrongly committed to a life sentence in an asylum. Solve challenges and explore as the story unfolds and directions guide you to the next location. Enjoy an exciting and unique adventure through the city of Manchester and explore the city in a new way. Set aside time to complete the game or explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime, and play offline if you wish. Finish the game at the Science and Industry Museum.

From Manchester: Yorkshire Sightseeing Day Trip

5. From Manchester: Yorkshire Sightseeing Day Trip

Get a taste of Yorkshire on a full-day minibus tour from Manchester. Explore the county's history and cuisine, admire feats of Victorian engineering, and see the picturesque Hardraw Force waterfall. Make your way to the National Express Coach Station near Manchester Airport Railway Station to meet your driver for the day. Then, board your minibus and travel along roads inaccessible to normal buses throughout the day. After a partially-narrated 2-hour journey, arrive in Haworth to discover the stories of the Bronte Sisters — Anne, Charlotte, and Emily. From there, head to the stunning limestone feature of Malham Cove, formed by melt-water from glaciers over 12,000 years ago. See the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering, and take a stroll to get a closer look at its 1.5 million bricks. A stop at the must-visit Wensleydale Creamery follows. Sample some of its famous cheeses, made originally by Cistercian Monks. Next, visit the pretty village of Hawes, a honeypot boasting shops, cafes, pubs, and locals sipping John Smith's while munching a Yorkshire Pudding. Once you have explored Hawes, head to Hardraw Force, the UK's highest single-drop waterfall (30 meters/100 feet). Enjoy the splash pool and the breathtaking natural “amphitheater” before beginning your journey back to Manchester. Please note that the Hardraw Force entrance fee is not included in the tour price, but is available as an optional add-on for £2.50.

From Manchester: Derbyshire and Peak District Day Trip

6. From Manchester: Derbyshire and Peak District Day Trip

Departing from Manchester in the morning, set off on a day trip to Derbyshire's Peak District. The first stop is in Castleton, a quaint old town that attracts visitors from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Wander the streets, enjoy a beautiful view up a valley, and learn about the history at the fascinating information center. Proceed then to Monsal Head, a scenic viewpoint. Hear about the impressive history of the famous viaduct that emerges from green hills to create a unique view. Stop for lunch in Bakewell next. Not only is this town exciting to look at, it's also the birthplace of one of England's most famous desserts, Bakewell pudding.  Continue to Poole's Cavern. Opt for a visit to this enormous limestone cave system that has been described as one of the wonders of the Peak District. This series of caves has welcomed Mary Queen of Scots and countless other visitors, all who have marveled at its many chambers, stalagmites, and stalactites. Travel back to Manchester, arriving in the late afternoon.

3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

7. 3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

Day 1: Travel to the Peak District. In the late morning, you will arrive in Castleton. This quaint old town attracts travelers from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Nearby, there are caves, a beautiful view up a valley, and an insightful information center. Venture to the beautiful valley at Monsal Head. There’s an old rail line viaduct that emerges from the green hills. It’s a gorgeous structure with an impressive history. If you’re hungry, then you’re in luck, because you’re stopping for lunch in Bakewell. Not only is this town delicious to look at, but it’s also the home of one of England’s most famous desserts, the Bakewell Pudding. After savoring every last crumb, head over to Chatsworth House. This luxurious stately home is incredible; you can admire the architecture, get lost in a massive maze, or praise precious art. Finally, head off in the early evening to your overnight stop in York. Day 2: Full-day Tour of York Spend your morning in York. Visit a chocolate museum, find out about the Vikings, or just stroll around the ancient walls. Around midday, leave York and head to Goathland. This town was used in the Harry Potter movies and is situated in one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK. Your next stop is Whitby. This is the type of town everyone dreams of retiring in. There’s a beautifully-located, ruined abbey; old stone steps curving around viewpoints; and a lovely little beach to play about on. After exploring all the nooks and crannies of Whitby, travel to Robin Hood’s Bay. They doubt if the real Robin Hood ever came here, but there are still plenty of smugglers tales dotted around this remarkable harbor village. Finally, arrive back in York in the early evening. Day 3: Touring, Lunch, and Returning to Manchester Take the road to Fountains Abbey. This is one of the largest ruined abbeys in England and part of an important UNESCO Heritage site. Then find yourself surrounded by some of England’s most lovely waterfalls at AysgarthEnjoy a delicious lunch of Wensleydale's famous cheese and crackers. After lunch, travel past the epic Ribblehead railway viaduct before having a short snoop around the old castle-topped town of Clitheroe. In the evening, arrive in Manchester.

Manchester: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

8. Manchester: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Join a local guide and take a walking tour of Manchester. Find out about the city's history and see the main sights in town, including the oldest public library in the English-speaking world and the Bridgewater Canal. Learn all there is to know about Manchester — a city known by many as one of the most famous football cities in the world. But, the city has many other valuable attractions, as well as many secrets and interesting facts. Hear all about them on this tour. Listen to your guide tell you stories about the professors at the University of Manchester who created the first computer to store program and memory. Find out other interesting facts about the city, like its first inter-city passenger railway station and The Bridgewater Canal. Hear how Manchester is the birthplace of vegetarianism, when the vegetarian movement started, and why. Follow your local guide as they reveal the secrets and interesting facts about Manchester.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 196 reviews

All in all was a great experience. What I really like the most was we set our own pace touring the three places we were given set time to come and reconvene which is great not everyone will have the same places to go.

Beautiful places covered. Scenary awesome. Windermere cruise (optional) was totally worth. Itinerary planned very well. Lovely spots as picure-stops. Unfortunately Lancaster had to be dropped

Good itinerary. Good bits of interesting information from tour guide/ driver. Enthusiastic & well-informed tour guide keeping environment lively.

Very interesting and informative. Able to sit on the top deck and the boat was not crowded. Highly recommend.

Cannot recommend this cruise enough. Comfy boat, friendly staff and a fascinating city landscape.