City River Tours

Salford M3 5EJ, UK (0)
from/per person 10
  • City sightseeing
  • Audio guide
  • Dogs allowed
  • Groups allowed
  • Toilets
  • Tour guides


City River & Canal Tour

Hop aboard the Princess Katherine for one of our boat trips around the Salford Quays and Manchester Ship Canal.  This 60/70 min river tour gives you an insight into the history of the area and a unique view of Manchester including Media City, Old Trafford and the disused dry docks.

Salford Quays is quickly becoming a must do on the list of Manchester’s place to be with the Imperial War Museum, Lowry Arts Theatre, BBC & Granada studios as well as the Lowry Outlet and a host of bars and restaurants it’s the perfect place to spend the day.

Tea and coffee is available on all our sightseeing boat trips, or you can choose something stronger from the fully stocked bar while you cruise along the waterway. The boat departs from the city centre with optional drop off outside the Lowry Centre up to five times a day.

Sights to see and what’s included

All tickets are return from Manchester City Centre and the trips include English commentary about the history of the Manchester Ship Canal and the surrounding area.

  • Old Trafford Football Ground
  • Stephenson’s 1830 Bridge
  • Mode Wheel Locks
  • Fully stocked bar serving teas, coffees or something stronger
  • Outside seating available on first come first served basis
  • Purpose built Dutch style sightseeing boat
  • Toilets
  • Tickets available on board (check below calendars for available dates and times) 


The Princess Katherine does not have disabled access. There is one step up and four steps down in order to board the vessel. There are a series of steps down to the boarding point at Ralli Quays. We are not able to accommodate full size prams, children’s buggies will need to be folded down prior to boarding.


The Princess Katherine is fully heated, equipped with an onboard licenced bar and two toilets.


The Princess Katherine has booth seating for six to a table, for bookings of two you may share a booth with another couple, bookings of four or six have a booth to themselves. You are welcome to sit in the outside if you wish.

Departure Point

There are two departure points available on the tour, City Centre or Salford Quays, please select one from the booking form when making your booking.


We do not accept Stag parties on our City River Tours, these need to be booked privately.



All sailings are subject to the weather and the levels of the River Irwell. Tickets entitle the holders to round trip from point of embarkation. If passengers decide to disembark the vessel, return trip is subject to availability.


Please check above calendars for available trips and daily schedule.

Gift Vouchers - If you have a gift voucher from prior to March 2022 please email us with your voucher code to receive a replacement.