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North West England Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended North West England Cruises & boat tours

Skipton: 2-Hour Afternoon Tea Cruise

1. Skipton: 2-Hour Afternoon Tea Cruise

Climb aboard a luxury canal boat and enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise. Start your cruise at the wharf, then sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery outside your window. There is a fully-licensed bar onboard, serving alcoholic and soft drinks, including local beers. During the 2-hour cruise on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, afternoon tea will be served at your table. Savor delicious selection of sandwiches, fruit scones with strawberry jam and cream, and decadent desserts. Enjoy unlimited tea and coffee along with your food.

Liverpool: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

2. Liverpool: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

Step back in time as you hear about the Beatles and Mersey Ferries on this river cruise in Liverpool. Discover Liverpool’s iconic waterfront from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Hop aboard the ferry at Liverpool Pier Head and begin your water adventure. Have the option to purchase some delicious refreshments while you admire the city from the water. Listen to commentary as your guide points out sights Sail past the cast iron, brick and stone buildings at the Royal Albert Dock. Take in views of the architectural ensemble of the 1900-era 3 Graces which includes a stunning Gothic-style skyscraper. Hear about the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. Find out how they are connected to the Mersey Ferries. Sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage.

Lake District: Ten Lakes Full-Day Tour

3. Lake District: Ten Lakes Full-Day Tour

The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England and this full-day tour introduces you to just that; magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys and lakes from the south to the north. From within the circle, get picture-perfect views of some of the Lake District’s highest peaks. Travel over the famous Kirkstone and Honister passes whilst enjoying some spectacular mountain scenery. From beautiful valleys to waterfalls and traditional Lakeland villages, enjoy plenty of stops for admiring the views and taking photographs.  Eat lunch at the market town of Keswick, where you can try a typical pub lunch, or seek out a charming restaurant. Get the chance to stretch your legs at either the magnificent lake of Derwent water or Ullswater, where you can see the tranquility of the Lake.

Skipton: 1-Hour Canal Cruise

4. Skipton: 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Welcome aboard the best 60 minutes of historic escapism you can find in Skipton. Enjoy a lively canal trip that proves you don't have to let planning or nasty weather get in the way of a good time. Keep your camera ready to capture the picturesque countryside scenery.  Your guide for the canal tour is award-winning comedian Dave Spikey of “Phoenix Nights” and “8 out of 10 Cats” fame. With his characteristic Northern patter, Dave takes you on a whistle-stop tour of Skipton and shares canal history that’s refreshingly different from your average commentary. Above the jokes and laughter, hear points of interest and fascinating stories of how the Leeds and Liverpool Canal delivered the lifeblood of the Industrial Revolution through Yorkshire. Food and drink are available onboard too for a fun twist on your lunchtime break.

Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

5. Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Appreciate Merseyside and Liverpool’s iconic waterfront from the vantage point of the River Mersey on a sightseeing cruise. Then, soak in the city's sights from a hop-on and hop-off open-top bus with live commentary. Start the adventure from the Pier Head, where the 50-minute river cruise departs hourly. Enjoy commentary that highlights the city’s waterfront heritage as you take a ferry across the Mersey. Then, head back to dry land for an open-top city bus tour of the city. See the best of Liverpool from your bus and hear commentary on Liverpool's history. Visit iconic places of interest and learn about the city’s culture and history with a live guide on every bus. Hop off and back on to visit sites of interest to you. Bus tour stops: • Albert Dock • Pier Head • Liverpool One • The Cavern Quarter • Museums, Gallery & Library • Queen Square Bus Station • Adelphi Hotel • Metropolitan Cathedral • Philharmonic Pub • Liverpool Cathedral • St Luke's - Bombed Out Church • Chinese Arch • Cain's Brewery Village • M&S Arena & ACC

Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

6. Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

From the moorings at The Groves, Chester, you will head upstream under the Queen's Park Suspension Bridge and past the city's rowing clubs. You will then follow the sweeping bend of the Earl's Eye, passing some stunning riverside properties, and turn around at the city limits. On the return journey, the commentary details the history behind some of the more interesting riverside buildings, and the city's rich Roman, Medieval, and industrial heritage. The cruises will then finish with a great view of Chester Weir and the Old Dee Bridge, before disembarking back at The Groves.

Liverpool: Albert Docks Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

7. Liverpool: Albert Docks Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

Enjoy a cruise through the Albert Docks with a family-run sightseeing cruise agency. Purchase a hot or cold drink from the onboard bar and take in the waterfront vibe from the Tate Gallery to the Liverpool Marina and Yacht Club. Dive further into the sights with the onboard commentary.  Hop aboard and settle into a comfortable river boat with covered seating that ensures that passengers are comfortable no matter the weather. Enjoy comfy seats and tables with drinks available to purchase. Have an onboard toilet available for your use.  Relax as you soak up views of the Albert docks which were built in the 1860’s as a revolutionary new complex of docks. Today they are a popular, vibrant destination for locals and tourists. Pass by bars, restaurants, museums, and shops. Starting outside the Tate Gallery, travel through all the docks up to Liverpool Marina and Yacht Club while uncovering information about the sights with the onboard commentary. Turning in the middle of the Marina, return to the Royal Albert Dock with music. 

From Liverpool: Lake District Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

8. From Liverpool: Lake District Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

The tour departs from Liverpool and drives out of the city into the luscious surrounding countryside. Admire the views as you travel to the UK’s largest national park, the Lake District, stopping at the underground Rheged Discovery Center along the way. During the partially narrated 2-hour journey to the Lake District, the tour also stops by the famous Castlerigg Neolithic Stone Circle where you can feel ancient mythical energy flowing around you. Continue onto Grasmere Village, which boasts an array of beautiful 19th-century architecture, as well as the grave of well-known poet William Wordsworth. Afterward, let your nose lead the way to Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, where you can taste a selection of traditional sweet treats. Once you’ve filled up on gingerbread, it’s time to explore the national park and navigate through the Langdales, also known as "Little Switzerland". As you wander around the park, marvel at breathtaking views over the landscape, consisting of some of the most dramatic and diverse scenery in the UK. Throughout the tour, enjoy plenty of stops both on and off the bus to make the most of your trip to the Lake District. One of the highlights of the day includes an amble around Blea Tarn and a stop at Ambleside, where you can get lost in the maze of twisting streets or shop at a selection of picturesque stores.

Ormskirk : Sightseeing Narrowboat Cruise with Afternoon Tea

9. Ormskirk : Sightseeing Narrowboat Cruise with Afternoon Tea

Cruise West Lancashire’s waterways whilst enjoying a sumptuous afternoon tea experience with this boating adventure in Burscough. Be served hot tea and coffee with a smorgasbord of finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, and an assortment of cakes. Meet your guide and hop aboard a comfortable narrowboat. This spacious 30-foot boat can seat up to 12 passengers as it glides along the lush landscapes of the Leeds Canal. Get snug with features like a central-heating and a washroom and enjoy commentary from your skipper. Raking in the views of wildlife, picturesque towns, and villages nestled into idyllic stretches of countryside. Board your cruise with a welcome drink of rosé in hand, followed by bottomless tea and coffee served with your afternoon tea. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise. 

Manchester: Swing and Rat Pack River Cruise

10. Manchester: Swing and Rat Pack River Cruise

Join the Princess Katherine for a cruise with a difference and experience an amazing way to enjoy Manchester. A night of amazing tunes will welcome you from your favorite Rat Pack and swing artists, as well as a few classic favorites to keep the boat rocking, courtesy of Russell Shaun. The Princess Katherine provides an intimate atmosphere that will have you dancing in the aisles as the city slides by. Enjoy the lights of the city as the Princess Katherine cruises between the stunning architecture of Salford Quays towards the heart of Manchester. From Old Trafford to the lights of Media City, these are surely some of the best views that Manchester has to offer. As your tour concludes, you'll cruise back to your tour starting location to continue your evening.

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Overall the tour was good. We arranged a ferry across the Mersey excursion for myself & my friend's family. We pre-booked our tickets online, when you arrive at the ferry terminal you will have to show them your barcode to exchange for a ticket. We were lots of enjoyed on the ferry. It was on informative and interesting ferry trip giving explanation of Liverpool's contribution to history & also enjoyable details about the music& sporting scene. Definitely would recommend this to my other friends.

Never been to see the historical side of Liverpool before and this was the ideal opportunity as we had decided to stay for two nights at the Titanic Hotel. For the price I would wholeheartedly reccomend the trip on the mersey which lasts 50 minutes and worth every penny. The weather was atrocious but this didn't detract from the views of the city. Take your kids on a memorable journey or just go yourself or with some friends.

The tour day was amazing! We felt like we learnt a lot about the history in Lake District. Our tour guide (Peter) made the experience so much better and he answers all the questions you ask which made us learn even more. The view was amazing and we never new that we would be able to see the amazing view of the surprise view. Thanks

A brilliant day out. Well worth the money. Lovely being in a small group. Top notch. Transport was very comfortable.

Boat came on time. Cruise time was perfect. Tour guide was very informative.