As the weather gets warmer, there is no better way of spending the day than taking a cruise or a stroll at the water front. Manchester area has got it all: lakes, rivers and canals. Discover the best of Manchester’s waterways with our top 5 selection.


1. Bridgewater Canal

Easily Salford’s most historic and famous waterway, this unique stretch of water flows peacefully through the city, but has a fascinating and surprising story to tell… Picturesque Worsley village with its half-timber buildings and village green is one of Salford’s hidden gems, and the Bridgewater Canal which runs through it is the focal point of activity. It’s hard to imagine that the village and its tranquil canal side setting was once the birthplace of the ‘transport revolution’ in the 18th century. The building of the Bridgewater Canal helped fuel the industrial revolution, which changed the direction of British history forever!


2. Hollingworth Lake

In Victorian times Hollingworth Lake was known as the “The Weighvers’ Seaport”. Now once again visitors can enjoy many outdoor attractions and an excellent Visitor Centre. Spanning 118 acres with the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, the lake is one of the most popular days out in the area. With boating, a nature reserve, trails, events, guided walks, Visitor Centre, community arts, environmental exhibitions, play and picnic areas it is the perfect day out for all the family.


3. Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

Here’s an alternative way to discover Manchester – by boat. Mersey Ferries offer a fascinating Manchester Ship Canal Cruise along a 35-mile stretch of canal. Featuring a lively commentary that reveals the facts, history and dramas of one of Britain’s major waterways, this six hour cruise will leave you with a true appreciation of how the canal’s construction transformed Manchester.

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4. Old Trafford Cruise and Tour

Cruise along the canals of Manchester and visit Salford Quays before arriving at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. Enjoy a tour of the stadium and visit the MUFC Museum.


5. Dovestone Reservoir

In picturesque surroundings, the main reservoir has its own sailing club; a permanent orienteering course; an extensive network of footpaths and good links to areas of open access moorland. The marked access path around the reservoir offers easy walking and takes in some breath-taking views. Local myth has it the reservoir is named after a collection of stones on the skyline that look like a dove.

 If you wish to visit Manchester and explore it’s waterways gems, get in touch with our team at The Portland Hotel!

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