Celebrate 125 Years of the Manchester Ship Canal

2019 will mark 125 years since the Manchester Ship Canal opened, so to celebrate, we have created a packaged itinerary for a fun-filled five days, with our cruise on Britain’s grandest canal as well as a journey on the East Lancashire Steam Railway and the chance to board Concorde itself!
Day 1 Arrival
Departing our local area this morning we make our way to our hotel. On arrival we enjoy a welcome tea/coffee as our luggage is taken to our room. There is time to settle in prior to dinner this evening.

Day 2 Manchester Ship Canal Cruise
Today we embark on a cruise along the fascinating 35 miles of the Manchester Ship Canal. The six hour trip is as informative as it is relaxing in telling the story of how the magnificent waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West. Taking us through locks and bridges that have remained largely unchanged since their construction over 100 years ago. During our journey we enjoy a lively commentary giving a revealing insight into the facts, history and dramas of one of Britain’s major waterways. There is also a licensed bar to purchase refreshments and snacks throughout our journey. Following our cruise we return to our hotel for our evening meal.

Day 3 East Lancashire Railway
This morning we travel to Rawtenstall, where we enjoy a nostalgic trip on the East Lancashire Railway to the famous market town of Bury. When we arrive in style at our destination, we visit the Bury Transport Museum which has recently undergone a £3 million refurbishment. The museum is located across the road from the station and displays a wide selection of restored vehicles including vintage buses, a tram, tractors, transport vehicles and a historic steam locomotive. From Bury we travel to Wilmslow to enjoy lunch, after which we can explore the town at leisure. Wilmslow offers a good selection of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants which cater for those associated with the "Cheshire Set" lifestyle.

Day 4 Concorde
With 2019 also being the 50th anniversary of Concorde’s maiden voyage we thought it was only right that we travel in the footsteps of the “Jet Set” and head to the Runway Visitor Park. Based at Manchester airport we board Concorde (steep steps involved) for our Classic Tour. During the visit we can learn about some of the supersonic aircraft's famous passengers, sit in the pilot’s seat and discover some of the unique features that made BA’s Flagship Concorde so special. We then enjoy an Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the stunning views of Concorde and the busy airport runways. After our informative and fun filled day we travel back to our hotel for dinner.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast it is time to bid farewell to the North West and travel back home.

Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel

AAA+ Great Touring Location No Single Supplement for Double Rooms
This 3 star hotel is built around a former Georgian Manor House with landscaped gardens, conveniently located with easy access of the M61 making it an ideal touring base for the north west. Each of the 91 spacious bedrooms is accessible by lift and comfortable brasserie restaurant (accessed by a few steps) features a sun terrace surrounded by lovely gardens. There is also a sports bar and leisure facilities include a indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and spa bath. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel

Bolton, Greater Manchester
4 Nights Half Board
09/05/2019 Twin from £274pp
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12/09/2019 Twin from £274pp
No Double for Sole Use Supplement (Max. 4, incl. driver)

• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Small glass of house wine with dinner on the first night
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£274 for 5 days

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Features of this tour

  • Manchester Ship Canal Cruise

  • Single Journey from Rawtenstall – Bury on the East Lancashire Railway

  • Entrance to & Afternoon Tea at the Runway Visitor Park