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“Patience, my dear” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manchester Ship Canal

Manchester Ship Canal
The Quays, England
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Dunblane, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Patience, my dear”
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 motored along when it could although this made the journey cold on deck. It was lovely and peaceful when the ferry was going along gently. Had the sun not come out we would probably have been chased inside by the cold wind.

As the weather is unpredictable make sure you take layered clothing if you intend staying outside, particularly up the front. We were on the left of the boat which was cooler than the right, although as the day progressed we got more of the afternoon sun. There was lots to see on both sides of the boat but a few more on the left. As the canal met the Mersey at Runcorn the right side of the boat was the place to be. So six and half a dozen which is the best side to be!

We had a hot dog and icecream on board and both were good. They did a roaring trade in hot drinks and other snacks helped by the fact we were delayed.

If you want to make sure of the best seats for you, you need to arrive just after 9.

You can book the u-boat tour as well but if the ferry is running late and the museum is closed you get your money back so you have nothing to lose by booking it but don't get your hopes up.

6 hours is a long time on a boat especially when you're sitting waiting for other boats to pass so if you have youngsters who are easily bored this may not be suitable.

I really enjoyed the day and Mersey Ferries were very good.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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“A day out with a difference”
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.

Visited July 2014
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Aughton, United Kingdom
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“Good value, informative day out.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Done this day out at last! A very good day out, well organised with an excellent commentary. We had about 2hrs at Salford Quays, long enough for a meal or a nosey around the shops. Coach back with drop off at Lime St. Pier Head and Seacombe. A long day but worth it. Good weather helps but if it does rain there is plenty of cover on the boat. 386 passengers on the day we went but plenty of seating available.

Visited July 2014
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Horley, United Kingdom
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“Good day out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My sister and I went on the Mersey Ferries trip down the ship canal on Saturday 28th of June. The weather was not to good but it did not mater as it brought back a lot of childhood memories of the ships going down to Salford docks. It was interesting to see all the swing bridges and locks and to see just how wide the canal is. Food and drink was available and not to expensive, we took our own picnic. We were amazed to see so much wildlife on the canal from herons to kingfishers. The staff on the boat were very helpful and polite. The boat was clean and so were the toilets and enough so we ladies did not have to queue. We also enjoyed the 2 1/2 hours in Liverpool before we were returned by coach to Salford Quays. My only complaint was the the commentary was very interesting but it could not be heard in all place round the boat.

Visited June 2014
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“Brilliant from start to finish!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

For years we said we would go on the Mersey Ferries Manchester Ship Canal Cruise and yesterday we finally did! We were not disappointed, one word sums this canal cruise up - BRILLIANT!
Our journey started at Seacombe and ended at Salford Quays, along the way through the excellent commentary we learnt about how this wonderful canal shaped the North West. We saw wildlife in abundance as we journeyed through the locks and swing bridges, we have never seen so many herons.
Most people took their own picnics as we did but I wish we had doubled the amount as you need enough for lunch and tea during the six hour cruise. Food on board however was not expensive, a cup of tea £1.50, large hot dog £2.50 but alcoholic beverages were a bit over priced - two cans of pear cider and two packets of crisps cost £7.20.
All staff were friendly, attentive and informative. The boat and facilities were all very clean.
The ride back on the coach from Salford to Liverpool via the Wallasey tunnel was also comfortable and enjoyable after a lovely day cruising the canal.
A fantastic day at a fantastic price. Looking forward to going again!

Visited July 2014
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