Manchester Ship Canal Thursday 7 May 2020

Enjoy a fascinating journey along the inland waterway that links Manchester to the sea. The full day cruise takes in the spectacular scenery leaving you with an awe-inspiring sense of how the canal’s construction shaped the city of Manchester and the North West of England.

Journey through locks and under bridges mostly unchanged since they were built over 100 years ago. Enjoy the priority as the swing bridges give way to  let your ship pass and leave the local motorists fuming.

As you near LIverpool you can take in the panoramic views along the Mersey Estuary. Marvel at the historic buildings, industrial landscape and beautiful countryside, surrounded by nature’s beauty and tranquillity. The waterway is a haven for bird life also enjoying the rural emptiness.

A guide on board will give a  live commentary to explain the sights. There is also a licensed bar on board for drinks and snacks. You can of course bring your own picnic and do remember to bring warm clothing. Even if it’s sunny, the motion of the boat will bring an unwelcome chill factor, so be prepared. 

The coach will take you to Salford Quays to join the ship and will be ready to collect you from Liverpool at the end. The cruise duration is normally between 5 – 6 hours.

The bad news is that the coach will set off from the Military Arms at 7:30am and the cost of the day is £48.

Tickets will be available at the U3A desk in Sandbach library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.