Waterways and Wonders of Cheshire

Waterways and Wonders of Cheshire

Cruise the rivers & canals of Cheshire and see the magnificent Terracotta Warriors on this 5 day tour


Cruise the rivers & canals of Cheshire and see the magnificent Terracotta Warriors on this 5 day tour


Cheshire is one of the most picturesque counties in Britain; it is situated in North West England and has excellent rail and motorway connections. Black and white 'Magpie' houses set in idyllic gardens typify the Cheshire countryside. Its green pasture lands and farms are renowned for the production of the famous crumbly white Cheshire cheese.


Arley Hall & Gardens

Arley Hall is a place of enormous character, charm and interest. Visitors are frequently struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home. The Gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are outstanding for their vitality, variety and historical interest and are particularly celebrated for the magnificent double herbaceous border. The Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style.


National Waterways Museum

The National Waterways Museum (NWM) in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire is at the northern end of the Shropshire Union Canal where it meets the Manchester Ship Canal. The museum's collections and archives focus on the Britain's navigable inland waterways, including its rivers and canals, and include canal boats, traditional clothing, painted canal decorative ware and tools. It is one of several museums and attractions operated by the Canal & River Trust, the successor to The Waterways Trust.

No trip to this marvelous museum would be complete without climbing aboard a narrowboat to explore just some of the Shropshire Union Canal for a 30 minute boat trip. Your guide will tell tall tales and stories that bring to life the changing fortunes of the canal and its people. As time slows to the traditional 4mph, you'll travel through a fascinating industrial landscape criss-crossed with past and present transport systems. 


Chester is a picturesque town on the river Dee in the county of Cheshire. Chester has a wide range of activities available to visitors, from simply walking round the compact city centre and spectacular shopping to visiting the very visible Roman ruins which are dotted through the town. The Chester Rows are continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above those at street level along Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street. The Rows are unique in the world to Chester and nobody is quite sure why they were built in this way. Some original 13th century buildings, including the Three Old Arches in Bridge Street, have survived the ravages of time, but many of the impressive facades are Victorian copies.



Located near Cheshire's Golden Triangle and on the Cheshire Plain between the Peak District to the east and the Welsh mountains to the west, Knutsford and its surrounding villages are affluent and sought-after residential areas, with properties rated as some of the most expensive outside of London. Knutsford is a dormitory town for people working in Manchester and Liverpool. Residents include: Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox and comedienne Sarah Millican; it is an area particularly popular among footballers, being home to Peter Crouch, Sam Ricketts, Michael Jacobs and Phil Jagielka.

Knutsford's main town centre streets, Princess Street (also known locally as Top Street) and King Street lower down (also known as Bottom Street), form the hub of the town. At one end of the narrow King Street is an entrance to Tatton Park, former home of the Egerton family.

Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift is an incredible edifice, perched on the banks of the River Weaver like some giant three-storey-high iron spider, and is the only working boat lift in England. It was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again. No description can adequately convey the sheer scale of this engineering feat. The lift worked until 1983 when serious deterioration of the structure was discovered. Some £7m was raised to fund the restoration, which was completed in 2002. The completion of the restoration was followed by the opening of an Operations Centre in 2003. This offers interactive displays, educational facilities, a gift shop and a coffee shop.


Liverpool & 'Ferry Cross the Mersey,

See Liverpool's most iconic sights aboard the world-famous Mersey Ferry. The 50 minute River Explorer Cruise takes in the best views along the riverside.

Guided by expert commentary throughout the 50 minute trip, the River Explorer Cruise offers stunning views of Liverpool's famous skyline. As you relax and take in the views, you'll be captivated as the rich and fascinating history of UNESCO World Heritage waterfront unfolds before you. Disembark at both Seacombe and Woodside ferry terminals to explore the great attractions Spaceport and U-boat Story, before returning to Pier Head, Liverpool.

Terracotta Warriors

For over 2,000 years, an underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, until a chance discovery in 1974 unlocked the mysteries of a vanished empire.

Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, this unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history; from the conflicts and chaos of the Warring States period, to the achievements and legacy of the Qin and Han dynasties. 

The exhibition will include a number of objects that have never been on show in the UK before including material from museums and institutes from across Shaanxi Province, excavated over the last 40 years from the Imperial Mausoleum and selected tombs. These spectacular artefacts will shed light on the Emperor's pursuit of immortality and show how he prepared for the afterlife, as well as help us to understand more about everyday life in China more than two thousand years ago.


Salford Quays

The Quays is Greater Manchester's unique waterfront destination, situated just 15 minutes by tram from Manchester city centre, it 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.

Live theatre, the best of cinema and one of the country's finest  museums: The Quays offers a fantastic choice of things to do and see. Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry are vibrant and exciting examples of contemporary architecture, the contents as stunning as the setting and with something to appeal to the whole family. Explore the Salford Quays heritage trail on a self guided walk. Lots of BBC tours are available and you can even take a tour of the MediaCityUK studios.

The opening of the Lowry Outlet has made The Quays a mecca for the discerning shopper with big-name brand shops and stores offering discount prices - up to 70 per cent lower than the high street - all year round.

Day 1

We depart from Cumbria and head south towards Manchester and the Lyme Park Estate, Lyme sits in 1,400 acres of parkland, with glorious views across Manchester and the Cheshire Plain. The lavish interiors of the house reflect the life of a great estate. Lyme’s gardens with the Reflection Lake, Orangery and Rose Garden are a wonderful place to relax and stroll. We depart late afternoon and head towards Warrington and our hotel the Park Royal, dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

We begin our day with a visit to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port with its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in fine Victorian buildings. On arrival, tea coffee and biscuits are served before we climb aboard a narrowboat for a 30 minute guided tour of the Shropshire Union Canal while our guide brings the changing fortunes of the canal and its people to life. We spend the afternoon exploring the historic city of Chester which boasts the most complete city walls and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, along with its 1000 year old cathedral and 700 year old shopping rows. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

This morning we head into Liverpool, we begin our visit the day with a 50 minute River Explorer Cruise where we will discover the well-loved legacy of Liverpool and the river Mersey, with its musical and maritime history. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city’s many sights. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

After breakfast today we visit Arley Hall & Gardens, one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West. The Gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are particularly celebrated for the magnificent double herbaceous border. In the afternoon we head to the historic Anderton Boat Lift, admire the massive iron framework, a masterpiece of high Victorian Engineering, as it lifts canal boats 50ft between the Weaver Navigation and the Trent & Mersey Canal before experiencing the lift first hand in a glass covered boat and a cruise along the river. A cream tea is served after our cruise. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts at the Park Royal and head to Salford Quays in Manchester, explore the Lowry, Imperial War Museum or the retail outlets. We leave after lunch for the remainder of the journey home.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Park Royal Hotel

The 4 star Park Royal hotel is nestled in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, parts of The Park Royal Hotel were built in 1831, as a vicarage to St Matthew's Church that can be found close by and within 40 minutes' drive of the cities of Chester and Liverpool. The spacious, luxury rooms have an en suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV with Sky channels and free WiFi.

The Topiary in the Park Restaurant offers an à la carte menu, featuring traditional English dishes, as well as seafood and game.

The state-of-the-art health club includes a gym and a spa with a swimming pool, steam room, sauna and whirlpool. There are 7 treatment rooms offering massage, facials and manicures and also a relaxation room.

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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