Heritage Cruise

Ralli Quay (0)
from/per person 21
  • Canal-Cruise
  • Audio guide
  • Bar on Board
  • Dogs allowed
  • Groups allowed
  • Toilets
  • Tour guides


An informative cruise along the Irwell and Manchester Ship Canal

In 2019 the Manchester Ship Canal celebrated its 125th birthday. The Institute of Civil Engineers called it one of the most important civil engineering projects of the late Victorian period. The canal turned Manchester into a seaport despite being 40 miles from the coast, transformed the economy and put the city on the world map. 

We will cruise from the city centre to the point where the waters of the River Irwell meet the Ship Canal and onwards to the old docks now reborn as Salford Quays with views of the extraordinary architecture of the Lowry Arts Centre and Imperial War Museum North. We also see ITV Studios home to the Coronation Street set and Media City home to the BBC in the North where Breakfast TV, Match of the Day, The Voice, Dragons Den and many more programmes are produced. At Mode Wheel Locks we will turn and head back to Manchester.

Along the route you will hear stories of the Emma Boat Tragedy (1828) and Mark Addy Salford lifesaving hero, the 16000 navvies who dug out the canal, the Docks and dockers, strives and strikes, Manchester Liners, and the first American factory system in England with the development of Trafford Park, at one time the largest industrial estate in Europe, and target for Luftwaffe bombers in 1940.

  • 2 hour cruise
  • live commentary by official Manchester Green Badge tour guide Sue Grimditch
  • Bar on board
  • Sights including, Old Trafford, Imperial War Museum, Stephenson’s Bridge
  • round trip departing from Manchester City Centre.


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 Quay


The Princess Katherine is full 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.


Is from the Ralli Quay

Ralli Quay
Stanley St
M5 3EJ



7 Days Cancellation Policy