BBC Media City & Lancaster Canal Cruise

BBC Media City & Lancaster Canal Cruise

Enjoy a tour of the Media City BBC studios, home to a host of popular programmes


Enjoy a tour of the Media City BBC studios, home to a host of popular programmes

Salford Quays

The Quays is Greater Manchester's unique waterfront destination, situated just 15 minutes by tram from Manchester city centre. It is Britain's hottest short-break destination and packs everything you can do in a big city into one spectacular square mile. Shopping, sport, art, drama, history and truly world-class architecture - you name it and you'll find it at The Quays.


BBC Media City

The BBC  has been operational at MediaCityUK since 2011. Around 3,200 staff work in twenty-six departments, producing thousands of hours of content for television, radio and online.


Lancaster Canal

The Lancaster Canal runs for 42 lock free miles through pleasant pasturelands, overlooked for most of the way by the foothills of the Pennines, from which hang gliders often soar. The canal was engineered by John Rennie, and the bridges and aqueducts are built on his usual massive classical scale.

Lancaster Canal Cruises operate a fleet of narrow boats and canal barges on the Lancaster Canal from a small village called Bilsborrow near Garstang.

The Jungle Queen is a family owned and operated canal barge and has been running cruises up and down the Lancaster Canal for the past 15 years and they have learnt what makes a great cruise. Whether it’s a trip to view the scenery or to educate, the crew are friendly, helpful and aim to make it a day to remember.


Friday 29th Mar

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head south to Lytham on the Fylde coast, we have some time at leisure for lunch before our journey to Leyland and the Hallmark Hotel. We have a welcome tea and coffee in the lounge whilst our cases are taken to the rooms. Dinner in the hotel.


Saturday 30th Mar

This morning we head into Manchester and the Salford Quays, where we join a tour of the BBC at MediaCityUK and walk in the footsteps of some of our favourite celebrities, home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match of the Day, Blue Peter, A Question of Sport, Mastermind, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 live, CBBC, BBC Sport and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few. Well-informed and friendly tour guides will entertain and surprise us, giving us a fascinating insight into how TV and radio work. We can also have a go at making a news and weather bulletin in an interactive studio. We also have time to explore the Quays with its shops, Imperial War Museum and The Lowry. Dinner in the hotel tonight is a traditional Lancashire Themed dinner.

B, D

Sunday 31st Mar

A morning visit to Barton Grange Garden Centre where we have time for coffee in the restaurant before heading to Bilsborrow and an afternoon cruise on the Lancaster Canal, we will be served fresh, award-winning fish and chips whilst enjoying the sights as we pass along the canal. We return to Leyland for dinner in the hotel.

B, D

Monday 1st Apr

After a leisurely breakfast we begin our journey home, heading to Skipton, where we have time for lunch in this thriving market town before the remainder of the journey north to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Leyland Hallmark Hotel


This modern hotel is the ideal location when visiting the North West. 


All 93 rooms feature free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include 24-hour room service, Egyptian cotton sheets, and coffee makers.


In addition to the elegant restaurant and lounge bar, there is also a spa area offering a large heated indoor swimming pool, a hot tub and a sauna, plus a steam room and a gym.


The introduction of an all day coffee shop complements the excellent new restaurant, with its fresh, delightfully prepared food and attentive local staff.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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