Manchester Ship Canal Cruise
Over a hundred years of history in just one day
A Manchester Ship Canal Cruise offers a heritage day out with a difference and is the only experience of its kind in the UK. A fascinating 6-hour and 35-mile journey along the famous inland waterway, the cruise takes in spectacular scenery and leaves over 20,000 passengers a year with an awe-inspiring sense of how the canal’s construction shaped forever the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and the North West of England - linking the counties of Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
On board the legendary Mersey Ferry passengers relax, sit back and go on a journey through time; listening to Blue Badge Guide commentary and taking in Britain’s grandest canal; passing through locks and under bridges, mostly unchanged since they were built over 100 years ago; viewing the succession of swing bridges, a graceful sight as they turn through 90 degrees to allow ships to pass; marveling at the historic buildings, industry, fields, houses and the wide open space of the Mersey estuary surrounded by nature’s beauty and tranquility.
Cruises are seasonal and advanced booking is recommended. On most cruises there’s also an additional opportunity to enjoy a 2½ hour stopover before return transfer by bus. These stopovers allow time to take in the sights, have a bite to eat, do a little shopping or simply enjoy the culture. Visit The Lowry, Imperial War Museum, or Lowry Outlet Mall in Salford Quays home of Media City; the U-boat Story at Woodside, with its real German WWII submarine U-534; or Liverpool’s central attractions and Albert Dock.