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Canal Tours & Waterway Walks

Take a tour from the unique advantage point of Manchester's waterways. Once busy work way, now offer a more relaxed way to travel around the region.

  • Barton Swing Aqueduct

    Barton Swing Aqueduct

    ArticleA 235 foot long engineering masterpiece, built to carry the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal.

  • Bridgewater Canal

    Bridgewater Canal

    MarinaSee the world's first industrial canal, built in 1764.

  • Bugsworth Basin

    Bugsworth Basin

    Municipal ParkBugsworth Basin was the largest inland port on the narrow canal system. Restored by volunteers of the Inland Waterways Protection Society and re-opened to boats in 2005, today it is the only surviving canal and tramway interchange in the UK.

  • Castlefield


    ArticleThe home of industry in Manchester

  • City Centre Cruises

    City Centre Cruises

    Boat TripCruising all year round for groups and individuals, located in the city centre at Castlefield and sailing around Salford Quays.

  • Dove Stone Reservoir

    Dove Stone Reservoir

    ArticleNestling on the border of Oldham and the Peak District National Park, Dove Stone Reservoir is a beautiful spot to visit

  • Dove Stone Sailing Club

    Dove Stone Sailing Club

    AbseilingA sailing club, affiliated to the RYA, which welcomes families and individuals new to sailing or experienced

  • Etherow Country Park and Local Nature Reserve

    Etherow Country Park and Local Nature Reserve

    Tea / Coffee ShopEtherow Country Park covers approximately 92 hectares on the site of an old cotton mill. The park offers a variety of leisure pursuits with events and educational services.

  • Hollingworth Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre

    Hollingworth Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre

    Nature ReserveIn Victorian times Hollingworth Lake was known as the "The Weighvers' Seaport". The Visitor Centre houses permanent interactive displays, temporary exhibitions, slide shows, information and a sales counter.

  • Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre

    Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre

    Cycling and Mountain BikingHollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre has been leading the way in the provision of water activities in the Northwest of England since 1989.

  • Huddersfield Narrow Canal

    Huddersfield Narrow Canal

    Boat TripVisitors can explore the canal on foot, with the Sculpture Trail and Towpath Guide, or by boat, with passenger boat trips on the Pennine Moonraker along the canal and towards the famous standedge tunnel.

  • In Conversation: Wayne Hemingway and Lucy Siegle on Fashion and Sustainability

    In Conversation: Wayne Hemingway and Lucy Siegle on Fashion and Sustainability

    05 October 2016 - 05 October 2016

    ArticleAward-winning fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and journalist and author Lucy Siegle discuss fashion and sustainability.

  • IWM North

    IWM North

    ArticleExploring the human cost of war

  • Kittywake Canal Cruises

    Kittywake Canal Cruises

    Boat Trips and ToursOperating from the Orwell at the world famous Wigan Pier, Kittywake is a comfortable, stylish, fully heated all year round passenger trip barge.

  • Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

    Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

    ArticleA truly memorable journey