Exploring the Waterways of Cheshire & Merseyside

Calling all boat lovers! Our fabulous packaged itinerary includes a cruise on the Shropshire Union Canal, the picturesque River Weaver with the Anderton Boat Lift and the River Mersey! What are you waiting for? Call our Sales Team today!
Day 1 Arrival 
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner, and settle in as our bags are taken to our rooms.

Day 2 National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere & Chester 46/17 mile round trip
We begin our day with a visit to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port with its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in fine Victorian buildings. On arrival, tea coffee and biscuits are served before we climb aboard a narrowboat for a 30 minute guided tour of the Shropshire Union Canal while our guide brings the changing fortunes of the canal and its people to life. Afterwards we are taken on a 45 minute guided tour of the museum. We have the afternoon to explore the beautiful historic city of Chester which boasts the most complete city walls and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, along with its 1000 year old cathedral and 700 year old shopping rows. Why not end the afternoon with a relaxing 30 minute cruise on the River Dee?

Day 3 Knutsford & Anderton Boat Lift 27/64 mile round trip
This morning we make our way the beautiful Georgian market town of Knutsford which has a selection of independent boutiques and popular high street stores - there is plenty on offer for the shoppers amongst us. Alternatively, why not visit the Heritage Centre (closed Mondays) on King Street and learn about Knutsford's famous ancestors, such as the Victorian author, Elizabeth Gaskell, and the notorious Highwayman Higgins, as well as Charles Royce, the engineer who created the Rolls Royce.

We can enjoy a lunch in one of Knutsford's many fine eateries before visiting the historic Anderton Boat Lift. We can admire the massive iron framework, a masterpiece of high Victorian Engineering, as it lifts canal boats 50ft between the Weaver Navigation and the Trent & Mersey Canal before experiencing the lift first hand in a glass covered boat on a30 minute voyage! Afterwards we will be able to enjoy a unique 45 minute cruise along the River during which we can discover the industrial heritage of Northwich, a town which has made its living from salt for 2,000 years.

Day 4 Liverpool 58/38 mile round trip
We spend today in Liverpool. We begin the day with a 50 minute River Explorer Cruiseand will discover the well-loved legacy of Liverpool and the river Mersey, with its musical and maritime history. We have the rest of the day at leisure to discover Albert Dock with its museums, galleries, restaurants and bars or some of the other world-class attractions that Liverpool has to offer. Why not take the opportunity to see the world famous Terracotta Warriors (please note rates & details are still to be confirmed) at the World Museum?

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast we begin our journey home.
Legend

Hallmark Hotel The Queen

Chester, Cheshire
AAAA Central Location Historic Hotel
The Queen Hotel is centrally located, just a short walk from the centre of Chester and is one of the oldest hotels in the UK, having originally been built to serve the train station in 1860. The hotel’s elegant style includes quirky touches, which provide an interesting twist to its traditional origins. All 218 comfortably furnished rooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant, bar and lounge are well decorated and offer comfortable areas in which to dine, socialise and relax. There is also an outside courtyard terrace with plenty of seating. Limited coach parking is available on a first come first serve basis at the back of the hotel and is free. Otherwise coach parking is off-site, approx. 5 minutes away at Little Roodee Car Park and costs approx. £10 for 24 hours.

The Park Royal

Warrington, Cheshire
AAAA Great Touring Location
This modern 4 star hotel is located within the stunning Cheshire countryside. This really is the perfect touring hotel! The hotel itself blends a beautiful mix of modern facilities with elegant grandeur. A warm welcome always awaits. The bar and restaurant are both large, spacious and well furnished, as are the 146 modern bedrooms, all of which are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The leisure facilities are extensive and comprise a 22 metre indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, steam room and gym. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

The Park Royal

Stretton, Cheshire
4 Nights Half Board
May - October 2018
Twin £225pp
Single Supplement from £80

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Free use of leisure facilities
• Entrance to National Waterways Museum incl. refreshments, boat trip and guided tour
• Entrance to Knutsford Heritage Centre (FOC)
• Anderton Boat Lift & River trip
• 50 minute Explorer Cruise on the River Mersey


Hallmark Hotel The Queen

Chester, Cheshire
4 Nights Half Board
April - October 2018
Twin £269pp
Single Supplement from £110

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of Buck’s Fizz before dinner
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to National Waterways Museum incl. refreshments, boat trip and guided tour
• Entrance to Knutsford Heritage Centre (FOC)
• Anderton Boat Lift & River trip
• 50 minute Explorer Cruise on the River Mersey
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Prices starting from...

£225 for 5 days

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Features of this tour


  • Entrance to National Waterways Museum incl. refreshments, boat trip and guided tour

  • Entrance to Knutsford Heritage Centre (FOC)

  • Anderton Boat Lift & River trip

  • 50 minute Explorer Cruise on the River Mersey