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Manchester: City Center Canal Cruise with Live Commentary

1. Manchester: City Center Canal Cruise with Live Commentary

Climb aboard a pleasure boat in central Manchester and embark on a trip to 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.

Old Trafford: Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

2. Old Trafford: Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

Connect with sport's history with this tour of the Manchester United Museum and the Old Trafford Stadium. Learn about the club's history and achievements as you explore the museum. Take a tour of Old Trafford and sit in your favorite player's seat in the dressing room. Visit the museum to see fascinating club memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Experience the thrill of strolling through the players’ tunnel towards the pitch. Sit in the dugout and try planning your game tactics as Sir Alex Ferguson did for many years. See the press room where the manager makes his statement after each home gam. Visit the VIP room that has hosted big names over the years, including celebrities and many former players. Receive a personalized certificate to commemorate your visit to Old Trafford.

Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Stadium and Museum Tour

3. Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Stadium and Museum Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite players on this behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Etihad Stadium. Take a look at the state-of-the-art new player facilities of the revamped stadium and club. From arrival to pre-match preparations, and from the big match to their post-match media obligations, gain a true understanding of the journey that players take on a match day. Follow your guide who will bring each corner of the stadium to life with interesting stories, facts, and anecdotes. There are plenty of new areas to visit this season, including the brand new player facilities and the introduction of The Tunnel Club – the first of its kind in world football.

Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

4. Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

Your ticket includes admission to all four floors of the museum. On the ground floor, have your photo taken with our FA Cup and Premier League trophies and enjoy the latest pop-up art exhibition. Level 1 is where you'll discover the must-see memorabilia — look out for the trophy won by England in 1966. You'll also uncover some fascinating history, like in England on the World Stage, which looks at the ups and downs of the England team. Level 1 is also the meeting point for guided tours. On Level 2, you'll find all the interactive challenges including Penalty Shootout. Temporary exhibitions on Level 3 change twice a year and take an in-depth look at soccer through art, photography, and technology.

Manchester: City Bus Tour

5. Manchester: City Bus Tour

Explore the birthplace of the industrial revolution aboard the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus in Manchester and learn more about the city's contribution to science, politics, music, arts and sport. Hop-on and off at any of the 15 stops on a route that has been carefully planned to include key sights such as Manchester Town Hall, the National Football Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club. Hop-off at Salford Quays to visit the famous Lowry art gallery and Imperial War Museum North in the stunning building by Daniel Libeskind. Discover the new media hub where the BBC and ITV have located their TV studios, and avail of the canal-side shops and restaurants. 

Manchester: SEA LIFE Entrance Ticket

6. Manchester: SEA LIFE Entrance Ticket

Dive into an amazing underwater world at SEA LIFE Manchester and get up close and to thousands of creatures including magnificent sharks, enchanting jellyfish and meet Ernie and Cammy, the resident giant green sea turtles. Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean's depths through 11 themed zones including the amazing Ocean Tunnel, where you can soak up the view from the sea bed, surrounded by tropical creatures swimming overhead. Venture deep into the worlds underwater cave system in the Rocky Hideout area, where little ones can explore mini caves and immersive tank displays to get up close to some weird and wonderful species. Experience the lair of the Japanese Spider Crabs, these fantastic creatures of the deep measure an unbelievable 3 meters claw to claw. Find out how it feels to touch a starfish and other creatures living in the interactive rockpool experience. Visit Turtle Beach, an interactive and unique 3D projection experience that navigates you through the life cycle of a sea turtle, from egg to the sea.

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester: Priority Seating and Meal

7. Hard Rock Cafe Manchester: Priority Seating and Meal

Experience a delicious and unforgettable meal at Manchester’s temple of rock, the Hard Rock Cafe. Take your pick of set price menus with special prices available for group visits. Choose from gold, diamond or platinum options and make this a rocking dinner you won’t soon forget! Gold Menu (2-course): Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Grilled chicken sandwich • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Grilled chicken caesar salad • Tupelo chicken tenders Dessert - • Brownie Choice of beverage - • One soft drink, coffee, or tea Diamond Menu (3-course):  Starter - • Fresh salad Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Smoked BBQ combo • Grilled salmon • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Steak salad • BBQ chicken Dessert - • Chocolate cake Choice of one beverage -  • One soft drink, coffee, or tea

From Manchester: Lake District and Windermere

8. From Manchester: Lake District and Windermere

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."  There's free time to visit Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, taste the legendary gingerbread, or enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy.  We then take in spectacular views of Ullswater Lake as we head along country roads to its southern shores before returning to Manchester in the early evening.

From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

9. 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 the 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 cozy 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.

From Manchester: Lake District Tour

10. From Manchester: Lake District Tour

This tour gives you a day in the Lake District National Park from Manchester. It’s an ideal way to see amazing landscapes associated with this stunning National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Leaving Manchester three times a week, the tour heads North via the M6 Motorway, and in approximately two hours, you will arrive in the beautiful Lake District.   Visit the medieval village of Hawkshead, famous for its connection with Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Explore its many delightful features — there are plenty of photo opportunities as William Wordsworth's old Grammar School is located here, along with St Michael and All Angels Church which overlooks the village. You will also have time to explore and get something to eat; see the cobbled alleys, shops, cafes, galleries, and many more attractions. You will travel past incredible scenery in the Lake District, stopping for photographs at the most beautiful spots as you meander through the central Lakes. Spend time in the Langdale valley and take in views of the Langdale Pikes. As your Lake District tour comes to an end, you will then continue your journey back to Manchester.

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What people are saying about Manchester

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,457 reviews

Very pleasant cruise along Irwell onto Ship canal. Commentary was full of interesting facts, reflections on how and when various buildings, bridges were built. The commentary isn't a non-stop barrage of facts and figures, comes over in parts relating to where you are. Excellent trip I would recommend it. Very pleasant hour and at £10 pp is a real snip. Guys on board, friendly, seem happy to be there,

Jutta was very easy to chat with and knew a lot about the city that I found interesting. Not just historical things but about the people and everyday life. I had a whole tour of the city in 2 hours, enough to help me enjoy the rest of my stay. Jutta is friendly and dynamic. Truely a great experience! Thanks!

It was so relaxing enjoyful to take part and see the places they were filming and you had such laugh too

Excellent value for money, good commentary. Boarding area at Talli Quay needs serious attention

Tour was great and informative so cool to actually see the stadium in person.