Manchester ship canal cruises 2017

Manchester Ship Canal Cruises are extremely popular for group day trips in England’s Northwest. Why not consider adding this excursion to your programme for 2017?

Take in Britain’s grandest canal as you journey between Liverpool and the vibrant Salford Quays. Mersey Ferries fascinating Manchester Ship Canal Cruise offers you a North West day out to remember. Come aboard with us for a six hour trip* that’s as awe inspiring as it is relaxing.
Ship Canal CruiseYou’ll travel the 35-miles of the canal, enjoying spectacular scenery and a lively commentary along the way. We’ll tell the story of how this magnificent waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West of England; take you through locks and bridges that have remained largely unchanged since their construction over 100 years ago; plus show you some of the region’s most stunning architectural and natural sights.    
To make your journey even more enjoyable our licensed bar and servery are available on board, selling refreshments and snacks throughout the cruise.
couple sitting on boatWhen it comes to the direction of travel the choice is yours, so start your trip at Salford Quays (M50 3AH); or at the opposite end of the route from either our Seacombe (Wirral CH44 6QY) or Liverpool (L3 1DP) terminals. 
Once you’ve finished your day of cruising we’ll return to your point of departure by dedicated coach transfer. Alternatively you can arrange to drop your group at the departure point and then collect them at the other end of the canal six hours later.
On most of our cruises there’s also an additional opportunity to enjoy a 2½ hour stopover before we return you by bus. These stopovers are your chance to visit The Lowry, Imperial War Museum, or Lowry Outlet Mall in Salford Quays; the U-boat Story at Woodside, with its real German WWII U-534 submarine; or Liverpool’s central attractions and Albert dock.


Mersey Ferries offers special rates for group visits. Prices are for groups of 20 or more adult visitors.  To take advantage of these group rates, please pre-book by calling our friendly experienced team on 0151 330 1420 (Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm) or alternatively email

  • £35 per person for groups of 20 or more organising your own transport.
  • £39 per person for groups of 20 or more using our return coach transfer.
For departures from Salford Quays, groups can combine their cruise with a visit to U-boat Story at Woodside Ferry Terminal, Wirral. U-boat Story is an interactive and visually exciting exhibition telling the story of German World War II submarine U-534.
We offer a combined ticket for groups choosing to add U-boat Story to your day:


  • £39 per person for groups of 20 or more organising your own transport.
  • £42 per person for groups of 20 or more using our return coach transfer.