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Historical Manchester – NEW TOUR

  • Cityscape from No1 Peters Square, Manchester © Marketing Manchester and Rich J Jones

    Cityscape from No1 Peters Square, Manchester-09 © Marketing Manchester and Rich J Jones
  • St Peters Square, Manchester - Cityscape © Marketing Manchester

    St Peters Square, Manchester - Cityscape © Marketing Manchester
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    Quays Lowry Bridge Up City Centre Cruises Manchester
5 day tour
From £269 per person - minimum 20 passengers

On this new and alternative Historical Manchester tour you will not only discover the highlights of one of the UK’s greatest cities including the John Rylands Library, the Manchester Town Hall and the Imperial War Museum. You will also discover the fascinating industrial heritage in the surrounding area.

Enjoy a voyage into the past by visiting beautiful historic houses. These include Astley Hall and Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Then discover the history behind the scenes of policing and fire-fighting in Greater Manchester at the Police & Fire Service museums. If you prefer to explore the local area instead, do not miss a stop at Altrincham’s Market. Here you can find beautiful handmade items and enjoy fabulous food in a relaxing atmosphere.


Dates throughout 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to Manchester

Arrive at your hotel in Altrincham and drop your bags in time to depart by coach at 12:30pm.

At 1:30 pm meet your guide outside the Town Hall in Albert Square for your introductory panoramic tour of Manchester. You can expect to see famous sights such as the Manchester Town Hall, the Central Library, the stunning John Rylands Library, the ‘Hidden Gem’ church, the Britannia Hotel (the city’s most spectacular cotton warehouse) and much more.

Day 2

Greater Manchester Police museum, Astley Hall & Haworth Art Gallery

This morning explore the Greater Manchester Police museum, housed in an 1879 Police station. The museum boasts a wide collection of archive material and objects relating to the history of policing in the Greater Manchester and guest even have the chance to dress up into police uniforms and have their fingerprints taken.

In the afternoon visit Astley Hall in Lancashire and enjoy a voyage into the past. Housed within an historic house surrounded by beautiful gardens, this museum gives visitors the rare opportunity to experience life in an English country house during the Tudor and early Stuart period.

Before returning to your hotel, do not miss your chance to see Tiffany glass’ largest collection in Europe at the Haworth Art Gallery. This internationally renowned collection consists of over 140 items including glass tiles, vases and mosaics.

Day 3

Rochdale Pioneers, Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery & Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Your first stop today is at the Rochdale Pioneers museum, described as the birthplace of the modern co-operative movement, where on 21 December 1844 the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society opened their store selling pure food at fair prices and honest weights and measures. Then, visit the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum to discover the story of fire fighting through a superb collection of old fire-fighting equipment eloquently explained.

In the afternoon stop at Whitworth Art Gallery, home to some of the UK’s finest collections of art and design including modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers. End the day exploring Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, former home of the famous author and her family.

Day 4

Day at leisure

Today enjoy a free day. Why not hop on the tram to the city centre and explore some of the main attractions such as the National Football Museum, the Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester Art Gallery or the people’s history museum.

You may choose to visit Chetham’s Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world housed in a fascinating medieval building in Manchester City Centre. One of the most interesting features is a desk used by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in an alcove in the Reading Room.

If you prefer to explore the local area instead, do not miss a stop at Altrincham’s Market where you can find beautiful handmade items and enjoy fabulous food in a relaxing atmosphere.

Day 5

Imperial War Museum North, Lowry Gallery and the Quays

After breakfast explore the vibrant Salford Quays, just 15 minutes tram from Manchester city centre. Visit the Imperial War Museum North, a fascinating museum showing the impact of conflict on people’s lives. Don’t miss a visit to the Lowry, a theatre and gallery complex displaying many L.S. Lowry’s masterpieces representing scenes of industrial North West England. Say goodbye to Manchester and Salford and return home.


Featured Hotel – Inspected by Greatdays staff  in October 2019

Cresta Court, Altrincham ***

This contemporary and stylish hotel is ideally located in Altrincham, only 15 minutes tram from central Manchester. It provides a great base to explore Manchester and the surrounding area. Many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are within walking distance from the hotel. Guests can enjoy a lovely meal in the hotel restaurant or relax in the Spa and wellness centre. All 148 rooms have been recently refurbished and feature widescreen LCD TVs with Free view channels, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryers, Wi-Fi and toiletries.


Other hotels both on the outskirts and in the city centre are available – please contact us for details. 

Dates 5 days / 4 nights 
2022 dates  From £269.00 per person
2023 dates Prices on request

Single room supplement available upon request.

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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