Manchester Uncrowned Capital of the North

Diverse, energetic and bursting with character, Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK. With a proud history in science, industry, music, arts and sport, the city is jam-packed with attractions, museums and galleries. Take your pick of the attractions on offer to best suit your groups.
WHAT TO DO IN MANCHESTER

BBC Tours at MediaCityUK
The BBC in the North is offering viewers and listeners the chance to step inside its new home in Salford with the launch of its official tours. Home to a host of BBC channels and programmes, the tours will give visitors the chance to take a look behind the scenes and learn more about the world of broadcasting. Each tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Imperial War Museum North
One of the most celebrated museums in Britain today, IWM North is about people and their stories; how lives have been, and still are, shaped by war and conflict. The award-winning building is a symbol of our world torn apart by conflict and the use of thought-provoking and innovative display techniques puts you right in the centre of the experience.

Shopping
Visitors travel from all over the world to shop in Manchester and it’s easy to see why. Manchester Arndale, intu Trafford Centre, Exchange Square and Market Street offer an unrivalled selection of international brands combined with the best of British at John Lewis, Selfridges, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer. For that extra special something, visit boutique districts around King Street, Spinningfields and New Cathedral Street. Or if one-off independents and handmade is more your thing, Manchester’s alternative and creative heart, The Northern Quarter, is home to countless vintage stores, record shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.

National Football Museum
There’s something for everyone at the biggest and best football museum in the world! If you’re a football fan, you will feel right at home, discovering incredible objects and sharing your football memories; if you’re not, then you’ll still enjoy exploring this wonderful space and discovering the hidden stories behind the world’s most popular sport.

Runway Visitor Park
The Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport is home to five aircraft, including the legendary Concorde G-BOAC. The Park’s other aircraft are Nimrod, the DC-10, Trident and the AVRO RJX. Visitors can watch planes take off and a variety of tours are available
to get the full experience, including the Concorde Classic tour, where visitors have the chance to discover the flagship BA Concorde G-BOAC .

Football Stadium Tours
Choose from the Manchester City FC Etihad Stadium tour, which captures the very essence of the club or The Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour which is a football journey behind the scenes of the world’s most iconic stadium, Old Trafford.

City Centre Cruises
Enjoy a 3 hour circular cruise from Castlefield, Manchester City Centre on the historic 250 year old Bridgewater Canal. On the trip you will have the experience of being both lowered and raised in the Pomona Lock which gives you access onto the Manchester Ship Canal, River Irwell and the famous Salford Quays. Some of the many sights to be seen include The Imperial War Museum North, The Lowry, Manchester United Stadium and Media City UK.

Manchester Ship Canal
Take in Britain’s grandest canal as you journey between Liverpool and the vibrant Salford Quays. On a 6 hour trip you’ll travel the 35-miles of the canal, enjoying spectacular scenery and lively commentary along the way.

Manchester River Cruises
Enjoy a 45 minute boat trip around the Salford Quays and Manchester Ship Canal. This round trip gives you an insight into the history of the area and a unique view of Manchester including Media City, Old Trafford and the disused dry docks.

Manchester Art Gallery
Most famous for its pre-Raphaelite paintings, the gallery also has a fabulous collection that ranges from ancient pottery to contemporary art. There is also a Gallery of Costume with over 21,000 items of clothing and accessories dating from 1600 to the present day.

Manchester Cathedral
The Grade I Listed 600 year old cathedral masterpiece boasts a magnificent interior with the finest late medieval woodwork in the north.

Greater Manchester’s Museum of Transport
You will find yourself transported to an age when all the local authorities around Manchester ran their own buses, proudly painted in local colours and adorned with the Corporation’s crest. There are around ninety vintage vehicles, many of which have been fully restored and now look resplendent in their original liveries.

SURROUNDING AREAS

Quarry Bank (National Trust)
Quarry Bank is one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived. Here you can discover the story of mill workers, entrepreneurs and how the Industrial Revolution changed the world. Watch hand spinners at work, experience the clatter of machinery and the hiss of steam engines and marvel at the powerful waterwheel. (Please note: Steep hill with 61 steps from coach park)

Dunham Massey (National Trust)
The 18th Century National Trust property of Dunham Massey House (closed Thurs & Fri), is set within 3,000 acres of beautiful parkland.

Bramall Hall
This magical Tudor manor house is set in more than 50 acres of parkland with lakes, woods and gardens. The house contains 16th century wall paintings, fine Elizabethan plaster ceilings, Victorian kitchens and servants’ quarters. (Please note: Open afternoons only).

Robinsons Brewery Visitor Centre
Visitors can marvel at the brewing process, admire new and original brewing equipment as they tour around the brew house, play with interactive screens, create their own perfect pub guide and visit the Shire horses (almost as famous as the brewery itself). The Brewery Tour takes about one hour and includes three 1/3 pint samples of beers. (Please be aware that the Brewery Tour involves steep stairways and some narrow walkways).

Lyme Park (National Trust)
Lyme Park was the film location for ‘Pemberley’, from the BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth, which has made it one of the most famous countryhouse images in England. (Please note: Group bookings only accepted on Mon, Tues & Fri).

East Lancashire Railway
Step back in time for a nostalgic trip on a steam train along the East Lancashire Railway. Winding through the scenic Irwell Vale along a 12 mile line, the East Lancashire Railway provides a truly unique journey past quaint villages and rural vistas.

Bury Market
Bury Market is packed with independent traders and has over 370 stalls selling everything from the latest fashions and footwear, to household goods, home furnishings, toys, electrical goods, gifts, books and more besides. Bury is perhaps best known for Bury Black
Pudding and Bury Market has long been recognised as the best place to buy it.
Legend

Copthorne Hotel Manchester

Salford Quays, Manchester
AAA+ Central Location
Located on the edge of Salford Quays, just 600 metres from Manchester United's Old Trafford ground and a 15 minute tram ride from the city centre, the 4 star Copthorne Manchester is close to all the city's famous museums, galleries and gardens. The 166 spacious bedrooms are well equipped, there is a large restaurant overlooking the canal and the friendly, open plan bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel

Bolton
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

Copthorne Hotel Manchester

Salford Quays, Manchester
3 Nights Half Board
April - December 2018
(Selected Dates Only)
Twin from £162pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £75

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner


Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel

Bolton, Greater Manchester
3 Nights Half Board
March - October 2018
(Selected Dates Only)
Twin from £145pp
No Double for Sole Use Supplement (max 3, incl. driver)

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
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