Discover the North West Waterways


Discover the North West Waterways - 2 nights from £359pp

Day 1: Arrive independently at the hotel from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Paul Atterbury. Paul has written much on the subject, including his book 'Explore Britain’s Canals'.

Day 2: Travel to the National Waterways Museum which brings together a unique fleet of historic boats, with rich collections and archives to tell the story of Britain's canals and waterways. The historic docks at Ellesmere Port provide the perfect setting, with its stunning location on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. On arrival, there is an introductory talk followed by a guided tour and lunch (not included) at the musuem. Travel on the Anderton Boat Lift - this unique structure was first opened in 1875 to provide a link between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal 50 feet above it. Your narrow boat will travel vertically between the two levels in the lift, which has now been fully restored and reopened in 2003 after 20 years of disue. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3: The highlight of the weekend will be today's cruise along the length of the Manchester Ship Canal from Salford to Liverpool, with a live commentary by your Blue Badge guide as the ship passes through five locks and open swing bridges and under bridges on this wonderful and historic journey. Please note this is not a private cruise. On arrival in Liverpool, you will be greeted by the iconic Three Graces building before returning to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

What's Included

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Crowne Plaza Liverpool-John Lennon Airport Hotel (June 2015) or Hilton Manchester Airport (September 2015)
  • Welcome reception
  • First night three-course private dinner with wine and talk
  • Second night dinner in the restaurant
  • All guided tours, visits and entrance fees
  • Coach transfers
  • Tour manager throughout

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per person for 2 nights