Sightseeing: check out these magnificent Manchester tours and day trips


Whether you’re looking for spontaneous Manchester tours or just a break from the stresses of the 9-5, there’s a lot to be said for the humble staycation.

You’ll get to skip the airport delays, dodge the currency exchange rates and bypass your awkward GCSE level language interactions.

Instead, you can just hop onto a sightseeing tour and let the adventure begin.

On the plus side, at least you know what you’re getting in Manchester so you’re unlikely to feel disappointed when you open the curtains and it’s chucking it down outside. Your expectations will be at rock bottom and you’ll have three umbrellas, a pair of wellies and waterproofs at the ready. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Manchester sightseeing

If you’re starting on home turf, there’s a new hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, a 90 minute round trip exploring all of the main sights across Manchester and Salford.  From mid-August 2017, you can also hop aboard the new Manchester river cruise departing from central Manchester and travelling to Salford Quays.

Football stadium tours

Whether you’re red, blue or neither, you can’t visit the city without checking out the Manchester United and Manchester City stadium tours. But be careful which colours you wear. In case you didn’t know, the rivalry is pretty unforgiving.

Walking Manchester tours

If you want to see the real Manchester close up, why not book a ticket on one of the Discover Manchester or Manchester Highlights walking tours where a Blue Badge tourist guide will reveal the stories of Manchester’s grand buildings and the city’s rich industrial past and cultural heritage.

You’ll explore quirky places, maybe enjoy a pint in former public loo The Temple, explore Manchester’s incredible street art and lose yourself in Chetham’s, the oldest library in the English-speaking world.

There’s so much to see and do in our fair city if you just take a little time to explore it. But if you fancy escaping Manchester for the day, you can stay at home and still explore the best of the north of England. Here are seven great day trips by train.

Historic Chester

Historic Chester features a walking tour, bus tour and river cruise.  You can also walk on the ancient city walls and visit the 800-year-old cathedral. Animal lovers can enjoy a fun day out at Chester Zoo.  Explore the 125 acre site which is home to 20,000 wild and wonderful animals including 500 exotic and endangered species.

Ferry across the Mersey

Take a ferry across the Mersey on The Beatles Story trip. Learn about the story of the Fab Four by visiting the famous Cavern Club, enjoy a bus tour and see the famous cathedrals, the Albert Dock, St George’s Hall and the Walker Art Gallery.

Medieval York

Medieval York is just a 75 minute scenic journey from Manchester. Here you can explore this historic, walled city famous for its tangle of quaint cobbled streets and 13th century Gothic cathedral.

York Minster

Lake District

There are two tours which allow you to discover the stunning Lake District National Park, offering lake cruises, a bus tour, a steam railway journey and a visit to Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in Grasmere plus that famous gingerbread shop.

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House in the Peak District is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.  There are 30 rooms to explore and a 105 acre garden famous for its water features, sculptures and maze.

Wedgwood china

Wedgwood china is known for its beauty and craftsmanship.  This day trip includes the factory tour, the museum tour, a pot-throwing experience and luxury afternoon tea in the beautiful Wedgwood Tea Room.

Secret Stockport and Brewery tour

If you prefer the unusual then try the full day Secret Stockport and Brewery tour.  Just 10 minutes from Manchester, you can visit the unique hat museum the Hat Works, the air raid shelters, Staircase House and then enjoy a well deserved pint after your Robinsons Brewery tour.

So why not ditch the Ben and Jerry’s and box sets this weekend in favour of exploring a little more of what our city has to offer? Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can take the train and enjoy a day out somewhere completely new.

Beats binge watching Love Island any day of the week.

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