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Manchester Ship Canal and Cheshire

The Manchester Ship Canal
Capesthorne Hall, Jodrell Bank and Gawsworth Hall
The Anderton Boat Lift and River Weaver
Staying at the Rookery Hall Hotel, Nantwich
2 – 5 September 2019 (3 nights)

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A day sailing the 35 miles of the Manchester Ship Canal along the inland waterway aboard the legendary Mersey Ferries, with live commentary describing how this magnificent waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West.  You will join at the Seacombe Ferry Terminal, the boat then crosses the Mersey picking up passengers at Liverpool.  It passes through locks and bridges that have remained largely unchanged since their construction, whilst viewing some of the region’s stunning architectural and natural sights until finally reaching Salford Quays in Manchester.  There will be an early dinner in the Lowry Centre before returning to the Rookery Hall Hotel.

Two fine Cheshire Houses:  A private visits to Capesthorne Hall, a beautiful family-owned mid-18th century stately home set in stunning countryside with a fascinating collection of fine art, marble sculptures, porcelains, tapestries and antique furniture collected by family members.  An ancient Tudor manor house Gawsworth Hall a superb example of Cheshire’s black and white architecture.  The house contains fine paintings, furniture, sculpture and stained glass. The grounds equally interesting with a rookery, tilting ground and Elizabethan pleasure garden.    As a completely contrast – a visit to the iconic Jodrell Bank and the world-famous Lovell Telescope and Discovery Centre exhibitions.  There will be a light lunch in their café.

The Anderton Boat Lift is one of the 'Seven Wonders of the Waterways'  – a short cruise along the picturesque River Weaver to Northwich and back before ascending, in this magnificent working Victorian heritage monument, from the river to the Trent and Mersey Canal  50ft above.

Monday 2 September: The tour stays for three nights at the 4 star Rookery Hall Hotel, near Nantwich, five miles from Crewe. This elegant Victorian mansion retaining many of its original features is set in picturesque parkland.  A luxury hotel with an award-winning restaurant, extensive spa facilities and indoor pool.  Check into the hotel before welcome drink and dinner.

Tuesday 3 September: A morning guided tour of Capesthorne Hall, continue then to nearby Jodrell Bank for light lunch and time to view the Discovery Centre.  Mid-afternoon visit to Gawsworth Hall with cream tea.

Wednesday 4 SeptemberManchester Ship Canal - Depart hotel at 10 am for Seacombe Ferry Terminal – boat departs at 11.30  estimated arrival Salford Quays – 5/5.30 pm (depends on locks).  A simple picnic will be provided but additional refreshments, snacks and drinks can also be bought on board. On arrival the coach will take you to the nearby Lowry Centre to dine in their “pre-theatre” Pier 8 restaurant.  Coach will return from here to be back at the hotel for around 10pm.

Thursday 5 September:  Check out of your rooms before the visit and river cruise at the Anderton Boat Lift.  The coach will drop at the station and hotel no later than 1 pm.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation and spa facilities, breakfast, 2 dinners and welcome drink.
  • 2 light lunches, dinner Pier 8 and a cream tea.
  • Guided tours, tickets, boats and entry fees as stated above.
  • Coaching and Heritage Touring representative.


Tour Cost:

Price per person: £655
Single supplement £40 per night (£120)
(Double rooms for sole occupancy)

Non-refundable deposit  £150


Hotel website:

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa, Nantwich, Cheshire

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.