+ 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.

City centre to Salford Quays

We can pick you and drop you off at multiple points, from our city centre landing stage at Spinningfields to our base at Salford Quays.

Our Crew

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. 

Our professional partners

We work with Le Mange Tout professional caterers to provide a great range of buffet selection or something made just to suit you. For entertainment we recommend Unit One Entertainment one of Manchester’s premier act agents for anything form a DJ to a magician.

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
  • Catering
  • 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
  • Parking

 

“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.

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What our customers says

Reasonable drink prices Good facilities Old skool rocking up n down the irk
Michael Pooley Poole
Michael Pooley Poole
2018-05-23T10:56:13+0000
June Young
June Young
2018-05-09T23:33:52+0000
swinging on the river event was absolutely amazing !!
Abbey Watson
Abbey Watson
2018-05-07T23:32:32+0000
Great experience and reasonably priced and good hospitality on board
Paul Divall-Simmons
Paul Divall-Simmons
2018-04-29T09:12:37+0000
Carol Calder
Carol Calder
2018-04-20T10:01:22+0000
Fab night out ..we did the gin cruise in December so funny ..going again in August
Kay Byrne
Kay Byrne
2018-04-16T09:20:24+0000
Went on the pirate cruise with my grandson had a really good time. ��
Norma Brickell
Norma Brickell
2018-04-15T14:54:41+0000
Kasia Speakman
Kasia Speakman
2018-02-19T16:11:19+0000
Manu Bhardwaj
Manu Bhardwaj
2018-01-14T21:47:43+0000
A great trip, the children loved it, Chef Charlotte Elf was fabulous and Santa was wonderful. An excellent time was had by all. Thank you 😊read more
Kim Louise Mason
Kim Louise Mason
2017-12-18T10:26:46+0000
Fantastic evening cruise with a great swing singer. Great atmosphere and lots of dancing. Highly recommend xxx
Amanda Jane French
Amanda Jane French
2017-12-09T23:12:44+0000
Great time with the children on the Santa cruise . Good value for money.
Tracy Langton
Tracy Langton
2017-12-03T15:52:04+0000
Yesterday my partner, Son and myself went on a Christmas themed river cruise with Mulled wine hot drinks and mince pies although it was only an hour we cruised from Spinningfields to Salford Quays and returned the commentary was knowledgeable and the staff were very friendly we could not fault this at all as the views were lovely! My only criticism is that the embarkation point was not very well signposted but after a quick call to the staff we were guided to the right spot. Thank you for a lovely cruise we would definitely recommend this to couples and families to see the wonderful sights of our beautiful city �read more
Cheryl Ditchfield-Burrows
Cheryl Ditchfield-Burrows
2017-11-27T14:13:23+0000
A relaxed trip with a fabulous afternoon tea, best scone I've ever had,
Jayne Fitton
Jayne Fitton
2017-11-02T07:09:36+0000
Absolutely loved pirate and mermaid take over. Very well thought out, very well executed and superb staff. Cant wait to see what else is aimed at kids. Cant recommend enoughread more
Laura Cornick
Laura Cornick
2017-10-30T22:57:36+0000
Highly recommended, went on pirates and mermaids cruise and the girls loved it. The captain, princess and pirate were fab xread more
Zoe Brown
Zoe Brown
2017-10-29T17:07:24+0000
It was brilliant the staff interacted with the children altogether from getting on to getting off it was a funpacked hour highly recommendedread more
Jacqueline Cox
Jacqueline Cox
2017-10-28T19:19:46+0000
Wenzdi Roberts
Wenzdi Roberts
2017-10-06T21:08:35+0000
Neil Collier
Neil Collier
2017-09-21T16:06:20+0000
awesome service..warm friendly pilot and staff value for money
Suren Suku
Suren Suku
2017-09-17T20:10:58+0000
Polly Sim-Mutch
Polly Sim-Mutch
2017-09-17T18:12:44+0000
Thanks to Simon & team for a very enjoyable Manchester River Cruise today. It was interesting to see the changing Docks & development of Salford & bdyond. All of our Group had a really nice afternoon. Would recommend. Very reasonably priced trip. Many thanks. Janet - Macmillan @Salford Royal.read more
Janet Atherton
Janet Atherton
2017-08-23T20:30:24+0000
Top notch service. Missed the first boat and management sorted out seats for the next. Would definitely recommend. 5* from me.read more
Jibran Yaser
Jibran Yaser
2017-08-12T22:15:01+0000
Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson
2017-07-31T21:34:28+0000
A really enjoyable and pleasant little jaunt (a nautical term) on the River Irwell and Manchester Ship Canal. Very good commentary along the way. Clean boat with lots of seating with tables. Covered inside with large class windows and open up on top. Two loos and a little bar selling tea/coffee and something slightly stronger. Competent and polite crew. Will definitely go on another trip. Patricia Meeread more
Pattie Mee
Pattie Mee
2017-07-14T11:51:52+0000
Lea Mottley
Lea Mottley
2017-06-20T02:41:40+0000
Butterscotch Chewy
Butterscotch Chewy
2017-06-05T00:20:22+0000
Deyar Hawizi
Deyar Hawizi
2017-05-28T20:27:40+0000
Had a lovely afternoon on the Santa cruise, myself and my family really enjoyed ourselves and my son loved it and enjoyed story time with the elf, Santa and driving the boat was "awesome" in his words.read more
Kimberley Anne Atkinson
Kimberley Anne Atkinson
2016-12-19T14:38:29+0000
We had a lovely time on the Santa Cruise. All the staff were really friendly and what a lovely touch to let the children drive the boat. Looking forward to next year's santa cruise already ❄read more
Jayne Cunningham
Jayne Cunningham
2016-12-19T14:22:45+0000
Miroslawa Tandyrak
Miroslawa Tandyrak
2016-12-19T14:12:22+0000
We had a lovely day on the christmas cruise!!! Defo worth a visit! Me and my 4 boys loved it especially driving the boat! Book us in again for next year!read more
Michelle Mckenna
Michelle Mckenna
2016-12-19T13:37:25+0000
A lovely boat. It was good in the day and at night would be a great party boat with all of the views and lights of the Quays.read more
Anne 'Ratchford' Cox
Anne 'Ratchford' Cox
2016-07-11T08:30:46+0000
Stephanie Warwick
Stephanie Warwick
2016-03-17T21:06:26+0000