£ 279 per person sharing Single or Twin Room (£66 single supplement)
Please note that this tour has officially closed for bookings. However if you are genuinly interested we can try and accomodate you subject to the hotel and ferry company accepting the addotional reqirement. After 1st August we will be unable to consider any further bookings.
Friday 10th August: National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port)
Depart Birmingham and head for Ellesmere Port with acomfort stop on the way.
Our first visit of the holiday is to the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. The museum sits on the point where the Shropshire Union Canal meets the Manchester Ship Canal. Inside the museum and on the waterfront, there is an interactive experience called Boats of every description, The Blacksmith’s Forge, The Power Hall and pump house, stories of people who worked on the canals, and workers cottages. Now a conservation area it has 19 Grade II listed buildings. Not included but available on the day is a 30-minute boat ride on the canal. There is a cafe on the museum site where you can obtain light lunches.
Leaving the Museum we head for our hotel on the edge of Manchester Airport.
Please note: the original information gave the destination for the first day as Fred Dibnah's Heritage Centre. It is regretted that the Heritage Centre closed its doors in March when the owner had to retire. The Waterways Museum is a fitting replacement with its historical past showing off the trades required for the transportation of goods.
Saturday 11th August: Manchester Ship Canal Cruise
Early start to drive over to the Mersey Ferry terminal in the Wirral. Here we will board the Ferry that will take us for a 36 mile, 6-hour cruise along the Historic Manchester Ship Canal to Salford Quays on the edge of Manchester. Along the way you will see a mixture of Wildlife and industrial Heritage, pass through swing bridges and locks that have remained almost unchanged since they were installed. During the journey, there will be commentary provided by the crew.
Sunday 12th August: Halifax and Piece Hall
In the heart of Halifax there is a unique building called Piece Hall dating from 1779 it was built for traders dealing with woven cloth produced in the area. It is a vast Georgian building which resembles more of an Italian Piazza from which over 200 merchants would have plied their trade. Today it has been bought back to life with many small independent traders and coffee bars utilising the former shops used by bygone traders. There is also a heritage centre which tells the story of Piece Hall. Piece Hall re-opened to the public on the 1st August 2017.
Within walking distance of the Hall is the City Centre, Calderdale industrial museum (which is currently being revamped and should be open by the time of our visit), Halifax Minster and Eureka the National Children’s Museum aimed at the under 11's
Hotel: Manchester Airport Marriott
Accommodation is on a half board basis starting with a dinner on Friday night and ending with breakfast on Sunday Morning.
All rooms have air conditioning, windows that open. Soundproofing. Flat screen television, tea/coffee making facility..
Please note all rooms have a shower over the bath, there are no roll in accessible showers available.
To secure this holiday a deposit of £45 will be required per person. Final payment will be required 8 weeks before departure. Please read our terms and conditions prior to booking.
Our coaches do no have a lift and are accessed by 5 steps. Manual wheelchairs can be carried in the luggage compartment if pre-booked, but no powered scooters/chairs. Accessibility to places being visited can be obtained from the venue websites, please ask if you cannot find the information you need.
"Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the latest holiday.
Each day was different but so interesting. Thank you very much for all your hard work,"
RW -Grassington Dickensian Festival - 10th December 2018