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City River Tour - City Centre Departure

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
City River Tour - City Centre Departure

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icon1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Swap the hustle and bustle of central Manchester for a more peaceful sightseeing option—a scenic river cruise on a dutch sightseeing vessel. It’s a great way to see multiple top landmarks without being stuck in the middle of crowds. Glide past Manchester Ship Canal, and access great views of Media City, Old Trafford, the Imperial War Museum, and more.
  • A stress-free sightseeing option—see top landmarks from a river cruise
  • Enjoy views of Media City—the home of the BBC and Coronation Street
  • Learn about the history of Manchester and how it was built
  • See many top historic sights, including the River Irwell Railway Bridge
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Restroom on board
WiFi on board
Departure from Manchester city centre
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Transportation to/from attractions
Ralli Quay Boarding Point , 3 Stanley St, Salford M3 5JL, UK

This is NOT at Salford Quays. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure. This is in the city centre on the other side of the river to Spinningfields, diagonally opposite the People's History Museum. The nearest parking is at the NCP New Bailey.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Departure is from Manchester city centre
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Any buggies or prams must be foldable, we can not accept full size prams aboard.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Manchester River Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during City River Tour - City Centre Departure?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by City River Tour - City Centre Departure.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during City River Tour - City Centre Departure?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by City River Tour - City Centre Departure.

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star-5
Relaxing Friday
Wendy_L
, Aug 2022
A relaxing boat trip, taking in all the architecture, explained everything along the way. Would recommend to friends, very good value for mon.
star-5
River tour with Family
Amanda_M
, Jul 2022
Family visiting from USA and we absolutely loved it, including my little man… it was a wonderful experience
star-5
Interesting trip
Margaret_K
, Jul 2022
Good commentary and fun experience highlighting Manchesters industrial history. Got off wanting more
star-5
Perfect activity for the...
Rashana_C
, Jul 2022
Perfect activity for the summer. Beautiful boat ride, lovely and clear information on the discussed sites, friendly people waving from land and nice cold drinks to purchase. Will definitely do it again.
star-4
Excellent
Aslam_K
, Jul 2022
A very good experience and an opportunity to view sights that you would never see even though you drive and live in the area. Highly recommended.
star-5
Manchester has an amazing...
kevin_M
, Jul 2022
Manchester has an amazing system of canals and docks, this wonderful tour not only gave you a ducks view of the canals that also enables you to see the massive growing amount of new housing and the way that Manchester is laid out,
star-5
Birthday trip
Sonia_D
, Jun 2022
It was very chilled and relaxing Very informative Enjoyed it a lot The skipper was jolly and fun and spoke clearly
star-5
Worth a go.
Jennifer_C
, Jun 2022
Lovely views on a sunny day. Informative commentary on board. Good value for money. The boat was full.
star-5
Beautiful boat ride
Shamsul_G
, Jun 2022
Fantastic 1hr boat ride on a beautiful sunny day! My wife loved it. Really relaxing and great value for money.
star-5
Great boat ride, well...
Samaira_M
, Jun 2022
Great boat ride, well worth the price, my Son would enjoy, we see and learn a lot about Manchester, friendly staff and good commentary from the captain 👨‍✈️
star-2
Not worth your money
Sumeet_A
, Jun 2022
The complete idea of the this boat ride is not worth time and money. No issues with the service. There are better and cheaper ways to explore Manchester.
star-4
Nice and quiet cruise trip
Bhagyashree_R
, Jun 2022
Nice, quiet cruise through the canal. Facility of snacks, drinks and washroom on the trip. Overall, a good experience.
star-4
Pleasant experience
Chinmay_J
, Jun 2022
Pleasant experience on the river with views of the city and quays. Could use a hop on hop off stop to increase engagement.
star-4
Get it booked !!!
Tony_L
, Jun 2022
Great fun definitely worth going nice to see all Manchester.a must for all visitors coming into the city very reasonable prices too.
star-4
Manchester City River Tour Review
annamma_s
, Jun 2022
The river tour was nice and informative with the guide pointing out all the significant buildings and their history along the way. The departure point was hard to locate and we spent quite a bit of time trying to find it. Otherwise everything was nice and we had a good experience.
star-5
Very enjoyable ride.
Susan_T
, May 2022
Seeing parts of manchester I hadn’t seen before and by listening to the captain explaining the areas.
star-5
A worth while experience on Manchesters waterways!
Jacqueline_W
, May 2022
Some interesting facts about the history of Manchesters waterways and bridges! Nice to see wildlife on the water and to know the fish are back! Could do with abit of a clean up as litter floating here and there! Will be better when some of the buildings have been finished and scaffolding removed! The skipper was good telling you interesting information along the route! Nice to be able to buy refreshments too! Would do it again! Very reasonable price too!
star-4
Wonderful
Miriro_M
, May 2022
Lovely experience enjoyed it,will recommend it to anyone who wants a riverboat experience.Journey was a bit short though
star-5
Fantastic day out
Richard_S
, May 2022
The crew were amazing. Very helpful regarding my disabled sister. The information provided over the speaker system was very informative. I am going to cook again.amazing value.
star-5
Worth the trip
Caroline_L
, Apr 2022
The skipper gave plenty of information about the past and present companies along the riverside. Enjoyable hour

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