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Canal Boat Tours from Manchester

By Viator, February 2014

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With the slow travel trend still reigning strong and more and more travelers opting to take the scenic route, England’s vast canal network has undergone a tourism revival. One of the most unique ways to get around the country, taking a canal boat cruise is the antithesis of the cookie-cutter sightseeing tour. Forget pushing through crowds of other tourists, snapping endless photos and hurrying to cram in all the sights before the end of the day. Instead, canal boating is all about the journey, soaking up the scenery as you float through sleepy waterside villages and dock beside lively local pubs – if you’re looking to discover the English countryside away from the beaten path, there are few more original ways to do it.

There are a number of options for canal boat tours from Manchester, with the city located on the Peak District Canal, one of England’s most scenic canal ways. A 2-night private tour is the best way to explore, with varying routes navigating the historic locks and aqueducts along the Peak Forest, Macclesfield and Ashton canals. You’ll get to eat and sleep on board, taking in views of the famous Peak District National Park and learning how to drive the narrowboat and operate the locks.

Not convinced about life on the water? Opt for an overnight cruise around the city instead, taking in sights like the Deansgate Locks, Canal Street and the Old Trafford football grounds, then set out for England’s oldest canalway, the Bridgewater canal. Even with just one night, you’ll still get a feel for life on board a narrowboat, docking overnight in an authentic English village and taking turns steering the boat.

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3-Day Narrowboat Escape to the Cheshire Countryside

Escape to the countryside on a 3-day narrowboat tour through the stunning Cheshire countryside, and experience the wonder of the UK's hidden canal network on ...  Read more

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $239.63

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