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There is an abundance of green spaces, parks, gardens and waterways to discover in Greater Manchester. Explore Manchester's Countryside for hundreds of ideas such as windsurfing across Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale, llama trekking in Saddleworth, black pudding throwing in Bury or following the Rail Ale Trail on the East Lancashire Railway. The website also features several downloadable walking routes which take in the best rural attractions and of course places to stop for a pub lunch!
Once at the heart of the development of industrial Manchester, the city's waterways are now enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. Jump aboard the Manchester Ship Canal Cruise for a day to remember. You'll travel the 35 mile stretch of canal between Salford Quays and Liverpool, with the chance of a stopover in Liverpool, before returning by bus. If you don't have a whole day to spare, you can enjoy a three hour Sunday lunch cruise with City Centre Cruises.
Green Visitor Attractions
The following attractions have achieved environmental certification, so you can be assured that they are committed to sustainability. The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) is the national sustainable tourism certification in the UK and the Environmental Business Pledge (EBP) is an award and advice service for businesses in Manchester.
Chinese Arts Centre (Silver EBP)
Cornerhouse (Bronze EBP)
Greater Manchester Police Museum (Bronze EBP)
Manchester City Football Club (Gold EBP)
Manchester Craft and Design Centre (Bronze EBP)
Manchester Jewish Museum (Gold EBP)
Manchester United Museum and Tour Centre (Silver GTBS)
The Bridgewater Hall (Silver EBP)
The Manchester Museum (Silver GTBS)