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Holiday type Christmas markets
Escorted tours
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £339
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Discover the north west waterways

With a talk by well-known TV personality, antiques expert and inland waterways enthusiast Paul Atterbury, enjoy a comprehensive introduction to the development of the canal system. This specialist tour explores the vital role canals played in the industrial growth of England's northwest and feature a voyage on the famous Manchester Ship Canal, complete with commentary as you glide through locks and under bridges.

Tour highlights include a six hour journey along the 38 miles of the famous Manchester Ship Canal, a guided visit to the extensive National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port and the restored and operational Anderton Boat Lift, built in 1875, which carries your narrow boat from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal 50 feet above.


  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Crowne Plaza Liverpool-John Lennon Airport Hotel (June 2015) or Hilton Manchester Airport (September 2015), based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • 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

Not included

  • Holiday insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on half board basis
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Arrive independently at the Crowne Plaza Liverpool – John Lennon Airport from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Paul Atterbury (August). Paul has written much on the subject, including his book 'Explore Britain’s Canals'. The speaker for the May group will be Mike Clarke, one of Britain's most experienced experts on canal history.

Day two

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 museum. 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 disuse. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day three

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. On arrival in Liverpool, you will be greeted by the iconic Three Graces building before returning to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour managers discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers (May 2014) and 100 passengers (August 2014).
Hilton Manchester airport (June 2015 departure)

Located near Manchester the four star Hilton Manchester airport hotel offers a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, fitness centre and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV and telephone. Parking is available at the hotel for £12 per day (payable directly to the hotel).

Hilton Manchester Airport (September 2015 departure)

Located 10 miles from Manchester City Centre and close to the train station, the four-star Hilton Manchester Airport Hotel offers a restaurant, bar, fitness room and comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bath/shower, TV, telephone, air-conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities. Car parking is available at the hotel at £10 per day, payable directly to the hotel.

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First time with Travel Editions and thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend - Breakfast coffee and comfort of the bed at the Hilton a bit of a disappointment!
Sep 2013
Mrs Heap

The guest speaker, Paul Atterbury was excellent and started the weekend very well. Our tour manager, Rita, was excellent even though she was new to this part of the world. She is the true professional and we hope that we will be fortunate enough to have her as our tour manager on a future trip
Sep 2011
Mr Geoffrey Penketh

An excellent and enjoyable weekend, everything went smoothly and both the Tour Managers were efficient, helpful and informative. We very much enjoyed the talk by Paul Atterbury and appreciated Rita's no nonsense approach regarding the need to adhere to a strict time table and as a result we had the maximum opportunity to enjoy every event.
Sep 2011
Mrs S March
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