Manchester: Canal & River Cruise


Experience Manchester from the water on a narrated canal cruise along the Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell. Board in Salford Quays, cruising past MediaCity, home of the BBC and ITV’s Coronation Street studios.

Admire landmarks like the towering Old Trafford football stadium and 1830 Stephenson’s Railway Bridge. Pass through the ship canal’s massive locks, by the Imperial War Museum and historic docks.

Learn about Manchester’s 19th century industrial heyday that shaped the city. Commentary also covers the exciting ongoing regeneration.


  • Get a unique view of Stephenson’s 1830 railway bridge and the contrasting Ordsall Chord
  • Cruise past Manchester United’s home ground, known as the “Theatre of Dreams”
  • See highlights, from the ultra-modern Media City to the railway arches over Hulme Lock
  • Learn about Manchester’s industrial past and exciting future from the on-board commentary


  • Cruise
  • Commentary
  • Food and drinks

Tour Plan

What to expect

On this unique perspective of Manchester, see famous sights and hear insightful stories while cruising through the heart of this dynamic city via its scenic canals.

Meeting point

Under the Millennium Lift bridge just by the Lowry Theatre at Salford Quays. The closest parking is at the Quayside Mall.

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Cancelation policy

Free cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

Additional information

Not allowed

  • Party groups
  • Non-folding strollers
  • Food

Know before you go

  • The cruise is not wheelchair accessible as there are some steps descending into the vessel, and there are a series of steps down to the quayside before boarding the vessel
  • Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate full-sized baby strollers
  • Not suitable for school groups as these should be booked privately
  • Boarding from Salford Quays only, city centre is stop is no longer operating.


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