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Manchester Ship Canal

The Quays, Manchester, England
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Ranked #31 of 127 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Bodies of Water
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English first
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My wife bought me a cruise on the canal for my birthday from merseytravel. I have always been fascinated by the canal and it's various docks. Whilst it may not be to everyone's taste it's a fascinating way of seeing an enormous piece of Victorian engineering which in some places is still in use. The lady who did the commentary... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It is some years since we did the Manchester Ship Canal Cruise so ignore the 'date of visit', I believe it took about 6 hours from Liverpool to Manchester, some may say it was boring but I found it fascinating and relaxing, I was on a local coach trip that took us to Liverpool and was there to pick us... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The first clue should have been the fact that it's cruising a SHIP CANAL. This is by no means a scenic cruise unless you have a great interest in piles of recycling and buildings with graffiti. We stood in line for an hour waiting for the boat to arrive before embarking on the long, dull cruise from hell. The commentator... More

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We departed from the pier head at Liverpool but the ferry actually starts from Seacombe at 11am and then from the main terminal around 10 minutes later. However, you might think you're at the front of the queue but a large proportion of trippers get on at Seacombe which means the best spots have already been taken. I believe the... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

After we had enjoyed the short Mersey/Birkenhead Cruise in June, we booked the Ship Canal Cruise although the first convenient date was in August. We chose to start in Liverpool rather than Salford, and arrived on the train, so no parking problems. There were 150 people joining at Pier Head and we were early enough to be at the front... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We travelled from Seacombe to Salford Quays a few Sundays ago.The weather was brilliant and so we sat on deck all the way.The commentary was really interesting and we found it really informative.The trip takes in all the swing bridges and locks and travels through some lovely country. We saw many different birds as it was the right time of... More

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went on the Manchester Ship Canal cruise yesterday starting off at Seacombe Docks Liverpool and ending our voyage at Salford Quays in Manchester. Without fail the staff on the boat were all presentable, polite and helpful at all times. Snacks and drinks on board were reasonably priced and off good quality. The toilet facilities were very clean with a... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We took our friends as a day out and we all enjoyed it It was a long 6 hours though, we got on in Salford Quay and parked on the multi-storey park. You need a map to find the boarding point from the car park so give yourselves plenty of time and the car park cost us £13 for the... More

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Dunblane, Scotland, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you find waiting difficult this may not be the trip for you. Due to situations beyond the control of Mersey Ferries we had 2 long delays at the start which meant we only got an hour in Liverpool. The trip was very good with lots to hold our interest on the route with an excellent commentary throughout. The ferry... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

What an interesting trip. So much to see and remember and to have a couple of hours at Salford was a bonus. Highly recommended.

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