Discover the charms of Manchester from a new perspective: on board a boat on the River Irwell. Cruise under the city's most iconic bridges and sail through its canals.
Manchester River Cruise
Enjoy a new side of Manchester on board the Princess Katherine. The sightseeing boat cruise will take you on a journey of around an hour down the River Irwell and the city's famous canals. Setting sail from the vibrant Spinningfields area, in the heart of the city centre, you'll see some of Manchester's most famous bridges, including the historic Victoria Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge and the contemporary Salford Quays Lift Bridge.
During your cruise, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Manchester Cathedral from the river, as well as sailing through Castlefield, a beautiful historic canalside district with captivating charm. Throughout the boat trip you'll also discover the fascinating history of the English city and its development over the centuries, thanks to the recorded commentary on board the Princess Katherine.
Stop in Salford Quays
The Princess Katherine offers passengers the possibility to disembark at Salford Quays to explore the dockyards and the lively atmosphere of this area of the city at their own pace. If you choose this option, you'll get off the boat after a half an hour journey, and get back on again at the same point for your return journey. Please be aware that the availability of seats cannot be guaranteed for the return cruise.
Seniors over 65 years oldUS$ 9.80
Children 2-15 years oldUS$ 6.10
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)US$ 28.20
The tour includes audio commentary in English.
1 hour boat cruise.
Recorded commentary in English.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Manchester).
You will receive an email with your ticket attached which you must print out and show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Ralli Quay, Left Bank.