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Old Trafford: Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

1. Old Trafford: Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

Connect with sport's history with this tour of the Manchester United Museum and the Old Trafford Stadium. Learn about the club's history and achievements as you explore the museum. Take a tour of Old Trafford and sit in your favorite player's seat in the dressing room. Visit the museum to see fascinating club memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Experience the thrill of strolling through the players’ tunnel towards the pitch. Sit in the dugout and try planning your game tactics as Sir Alex Ferguson did for many years. See the press room where the manager makes his statement after each home gam. Visit the VIP room that has hosted big names over the years, including celebrities and many former players. Receive a personalized certificate to commemorate your visit to Old Trafford.

Manchester: City Center Canal Cruise

2. Manchester: City Center Canal Cruise

Climb aboard a pleasure boat in central Manchester and embark on a trip to the heart of Manchester's old docklands into the center of the city. See sights from the modern Media City, now home to the BBC and the new home of ITV's Coronation Street, to the imposing Old Trafford football stadium and George Stephenson’s 1830 railway bridge. Pass by the first of the 120 meter long locks of the Manchester Ship Canal, and admire the impressive Imperial War Museum and old Pomona Docks before heading into the heart of Manchester along the River Irwell. Listen to a full commentary that describes the history of the Manchester Ship Canal and the industries that made the city one of the powerhouses of Europe in the 19th century. Hear about the exciting future now being built.

Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Stadium and Museum Tour

3. Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Stadium and Museum Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite players on this behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Etihad Stadium. Take a look at the state-of-the-art new player facilities of the revamped stadium and club. From arrival to pre-match preparations, and from the big match to their post-match media obligations, gain a true understanding of the journey that players take on a match day. Follow your guide who will bring each corner of the stadium to life with interesting stories, facts, and anecdotes. There are plenty of new areas to visit this season, including the brand new player facilities and the introduction of The Tunnel Club – the first of its kind in world football.

Manchester: City Bus Tour

4. Manchester: City Bus Tour

Explore the birthplace of the industrial revolution aboard the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus in Manchester and learn more about the city's contribution to science, politics, music, arts and sport. Hop-on and off at any of the 15 stops on a route that has been carefully planned to include key sights such as Manchester Town Hall, the National Football Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club. Hop-off at Salford Quays to visit the famous Lowry art gallery and Imperial War Museum North in the stunning building by Daniel Libeskind. Discover the new media hub where the BBC and ITV have located their TV studios, and avail of the canal-side shops and restaurants. 

Manchester: Coronation Street Tour

5. Manchester: Coronation Street Tour

Explore the sensational external sets at MediaCityUK on a guided tour taking in Coronation Street, Rosamund Street, and the newly extended Victoria Street. This is your chance to step onto the largest working television lot in the country and be immersed in the familiar surroundings of the Rovers Return, Roys Rolls, Underworld, and The Kabin.  Wander through Weatherfield on a fully guided tour of the working set. Recall stories from yesteryear, hear filming secrets, take selfies on the street and follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters down those Coronation Street cobbles. Once you arrive at Dock 10, Media City, you will be welcomed by your guide. Head across to the external set of Coronation Street.  The tour will last about one hour, the guide will be there to let you know the history of the famous street as well as an insight into the filming of the most iconic British soap opera.

Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

6. Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

Your ticket includes admission to all four floors of the museum. On the ground floor, have your photo taken with our FA Cup and Premier League trophies and enjoy the latest pop-up art exhibition. Level 1 is where you'll discover the must-see memorabilia — look out for the trophy won by England in 1966. You'll also uncover some fascinating history, like in England on the World Stage, which looks at the ups and downs of the England team. Level 1 is also the meeting point for guided tours. On Level 2, you'll find all the interactive challenges including Penalty Shootout. Temporary exhibitions on Level 3 change twice a year and take an in-depth look at soccer through art, photography, and technology.

Manchester: Etihad Stadium and City Football Academy Tour

7. Manchester: Etihad Stadium and City Football Academy Tour

Gain access to the home of the Premier League Champions with this exclusive combined tour of the Etihad Stadium and City Football Academy. Step into these iconic Manchester landmarks for a 360-degree look at the life of a Manchester City footballer. Become completely immersed in Manchester City history via a cinema experience and interact with team manager Pep Guardiola in the press room using the latest technology. Take in the training facilities and get an understanding of how players prepare themselves for a big match. Enjoy a fully guided journey culminating with a trip around the Etihad Stadium, home of the men's and women’s teams and the world-class youth set-up. Watch each area of the stadium come to life with interesting stories, facts, and anecdotes.

From Manchester: Lake District and Windermere

8. From Manchester: Lake District and Windermere

Depart from Manchester in the morning and head straight for the lovely Lake District. Stop first at Bowness, situated on the shores of Lake Windermere. Take some free time to stroll along the lake, opt for a scenic cruise, or wander around the town and admire the sublime views.  Travel around the southern tip of Windermere toward Coniston Water. Take in views of this lake before arriving in the picturesque village of Hawkshead. This is where poet William Wordsworth attended grammar school.  After exploring the quaint village, take the narrow country roads north towards Grasmere, a place Wordsworth described as "the loveliest spot that man hath found."  There's free time to visit Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, taste the legendary gingerbread, or enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy.  We then take in spectacular views of Ullswater Lake as we head along country roads to its southern shores before returning to Manchester in the early evening.

From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

9. From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

The tour leaves Manchester in the morning and heads straight for the border of Wales. Conwy is the first stop of the day, one of the most picture-perfect harbor towns in the world. Here you can see a castle perched by the sea, the world's smallest house, and lots of cute restaurants serving up the best fish and chips. Venture along the winding, scenic roads of the Snowdonia National Park before arriving in Betws-Y-Coed. This quaint town is known as the gateway to Snowdonia and is famous for its alpine trees and cozy cafes. Chester is your next stop. This is one of England’s most historic towns and there is plenty to do here. It's advised to go straight to the ancient cathedral and learn about its remarkable past.

From Manchester: Derbyshire and Peak District Day Trip

10. From Manchester: Derbyshire and Peak District Day Trip

Departing from Manchester in the morning, set off on a day trip to Derbyshire's Peak District. The first stop is in Castleton, a quaint old town that attracts visitors from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Wander the streets, enjoy a beautiful view up a valley, and learn about the history at the fascinating information center. Proceed then to Monsal Head, a scenic viewpoint. Hear about the impressive history of the famous viaduct that emerges from green hills to create a unique view. Stop for lunch in Bakewell next. Not only is this town exciting to look at, it's also the birthplace of one of England's most famous desserts, Bakewell pudding.  Continue to Poole's Cavern. Opt for a visit to this enormous limestone cave system that has been described as one of the wonders of the Peak District. This series of caves has welcomed Mary Queen of Scots and countless other visitors, all who have marveled at its many chambers, stalagmites, and stalactites. Travel back to Manchester, arriving in the late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Manchester

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,065 reviews

North Wales is so beautiful and we got to see a lot in one day with our wonderful guide and driver Shelley! Shelley kept us entertained throughout the ride and tried to give as much time as possible at each stop. Like most of these tours, you stop somewhere amazing and could spend hours and hours there but you just get a taste of everything on a day tour. Good reason to visit again! Conwy Castle was beautiful! Make sure to visit smallest house in Britain also, as it’s quite a little wonder. In order to fit in more sightseeing at the lunch stop, I would suggest grabbing something to go so you can walk around. One thing to note is that the meeting point for the tour is at Manchester Airport which was a bit of a surprise to me. I’ve taken several day tours in my 6 months of traveling in Europe, and prior, and all of them had a city center pick up option. I understand meeting at the airport saves time from city traffic but it’s a bit inconvenient for the customer.

It was the most amazing experience. The driver and the guide were excellent. I would recommend this activity to anyone visiting Meteora. Definitely worth every cent!

The guide , David was fantastic, he was informative and funny kept us entertained and amused

Fabulous evening - perfect from start to finish. Looking forward to the next one

Excellent commentary and great views from the top deck.