a quick something about us
First established in 1994 to provide boat trips from the popular Granada Studios tours based on Water Street in the heart of Manchester City centre Manchester River Cruises remains as popular as ever. Whether it is getting you from the city centre to Old Trafford on match day or providing the ultimate venue for your party the Princess Katherine is the boat for you.
+ 1000’s Customers
Every year we take thousands of customers from all over the world on tours of the Manchester Ship Canal, from the city centre, to the former docklands at Salford Quays and beyond along the 30 mile stretch of the Manchester Ship Canal to Ellesmere Port.
A family built business with a heritage of working the waterways of Manchester stretching back over a hundred years, our local knowledge will help you make the most of any tour.
The Princess Katherine
Dutch designed and built for the canals of Amsterdam the Princess Katherine had a short stint in Glasgow as part of the commonwealth games under the name ‘Robert the Bruce’. Before making the move south to plough the waters of the River Irwell while her sister ship headed to Lake Windermere.
The Princess Katherine has a full capacity of 90+ passengers, toilets and is centrally heated as well as being the only boat in Manchester with open air seating.
A venue for any event
We host a variety of events throughout the year from live Rat Pack nights, nights of Gin tasting, cruises with Father Christmas and mutiny as the Dastardly Irwell Pirates takeover for our amazing kids events.
- Hot Drinks
- Iconic Photo Opps
A trip from history into the future
Manchester’s waterways have always been part of the heartbeat of it’s industry from the first attempts at creating navigable waterways in the 1700’s to the colossal epic of Victorian engineering the Manchester Ship Canal. Our tours take you from the along these through the changing landscape from the city centre along the Irwell, onto the Ship Canal and onward toward the Mersey Estuary with our Ellesmere Port trips.
- Audio guide
“Come and explore with us”
Media City UK is home to the Princess Katherine which moors up alongside the Lowry Arts Theatre. Media City sits on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal on the site of the former Manchester Docks, itwas built with a £650 million is now how to the BBC as well as ITV. It is a great place to visit with the Imperial War Museum, Lowry Theatre as well as a host of bars and restaurants.
The rivers Irk, Irwell & Medlock feed into the Manchester Ship Canal as it starts it’s 35 mile journey from the heart of the Northwest toward the Mersey Estuary being joined with Rivers Weaver & Mersey.