Manchester is a vibrant city with so much to do and see! It has a rich social and cultural history for you to explore and we’re offering tours that highlight the stories of the distant to recent past, as well as the energy, imagination, inventiveness, and beauty of the city and nearby areas. Five tour options have been arranged, as described below. Each tour has a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 50 participants.

Monday, October 28th - Manchester Highlights Coach Tour – Half Day Tour – 9:00-13:00

Enjoy this 4-hour Coach (bus) tour of Manchester Highlights throughout which your tour guide will give you a commentary and explain the history of the city and the sights. The tour showcases both the historic buildings of the city and the more modern face of Manchester. It will also include outside views of Whitworth Gallery, Old Trafford Stadium, Salford Quays, Castlefield etc.

Cost: 20 GBP before October 10, 24 GBP after October 10 (includes coffee and pastry  before the tour)

Tuesday, October, 29th - Liverpool and the Beatles’ Story – Full day Coach (bus) tour – 9:00-17:30

Liverpool has a unique culture and heritage, with a large collection of museums and two magnificent cathedrals.  We will see the Royal Albert Docks, The Beatles Story, The Ferry across the Mersy, and enjoy a city tour.  We will have a break during which you may lunch.

Liverpool’s docks dominated global trade in the 19th century, with the Albert Dock at their heart. To this day the Mersey continues to play a central role in the city’s cultural life, with the Dock an integral part of the World Heritage waterfront.

“The Beatles Story” is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles.  “The Beatles Story” takes visitors on a journey through the lives, times, culture, and music of The Beatles.  See how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to worldwide fame and fortune to become the greatest band of all time – from their Liverpool childhood, through the early days of the band, to world domination and on to their solo careers. Find out how the Fab Four met, go behind the scenes at the famous Abbey Road Studios and take an underwater trip on the Yellow Submarine!  Entrance fee is included.

Experience the iconic “Ferry across the Mersey,” a 50-minute trip with commentary.  The cruise offers stunning views of Liverpool’s famous skyline.  On the guided city tour, you will see the two striking cathedrals and some of the Beatles’ well-known locations such as Penny Lane or Strawberry Fields.

Cost: 65 GBP before October 10, 69 GBP after October 10 (includes coffee and pastry  before the tour)

Wednesday October 30th 2 Hour Private Walking Tour of Manchester City Centre – 9:00-11:00

A knowledgeable guide will show you around the City Centre, giving you a taste of the history, architecture and culture and showing you the major sights including Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Cathedral and the Royal Exchange. Manchester led the Industrial Revolution to become Cottonopolis and clothed the world. The city has developed in recent years and is a vibrant and fascinating place to be.  The tour will leave from the conference center and you will have the choice of ending outside the Museum of Science and Industry or returning to the conference center.  Entrance fee to the museum is not included.

The North Western Museum of Science and Industry is on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station, and the museum is alive with innovative exhibits in science and technology.

Cost: 13.50 GBP before October 10, 16 GBP after October 10 (includes coffee and pastry  before the tour)

Thursday October 31st – Historic Chester and The Benedictine Cathedral – Full Day Trip – Includes Lunch – 9:00-17:30

Chester is a city in northwest England, founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century A.D. It’s known for its extensive Roman walls made of local red sandstone. In the old city, don’t miss ‘The Rows’, the 700-year-old, two-tiered covered shopping galleries, which offer an extensive choice of independent shops. A Roman amphitheater, with ongoing excavations, lies just outside the old city’s walls. Explore Chester’s cobbled streets, hidden cellars and quirky lane. Walk along the famous Roman Walls that encircle the city center and visit Chester Cathedral, founded as a Benedictine monastery more than 800 years ago.

The original church, parts of which can still be seen today, was built in the Romanesque or Norman style. This church was subsequently rebuilt from around 1250 onward in the Gothic style, a process which took about 275 years and resulted in the incredible structure seen today.

With the most complete set of monastic buildings in the country, a Georgian square and series of streets, the remains of Roman barracks on the Dean’s field and the largest open green spaces within the walls, the cathedral has much to offer.

Refurbished for 2018, the 13th century monk’s dining hall is definitely not to be missed.  The Refectory includes a 17th century tapestry on the west wall, Heraldic paintings representing the Earls of Chester and the Creation Window depicting the six days of creation.   Enjoy a delicious warming lunch in this majestic setting.  (Lunch is included in the price.)

Take in the sights and sounds of the ancient and modern city.  You will have an opportunity to visit the Rows and the Roman city walls.  You can also visit the Grosvenor Museum, a documented history of the city’s Roman origins, complete with Roman Centurian and a period house.

Cost: 53 GBP before October 10, 58 GBP after October 10 (includes coffee and pastry  before the tour)

Friday, November 1st -The Tatton Estate - English Manor House – Half Day Tour – 9:00-13:00

Located in 1,000 acres of the most beautiful deer park, the former Egerton family home is open for you to explore. Wander at leisure through huge glorious gardens, uncover centuries of history at the Mansion and witness the lifestyle of the family and servants.   The rich furnishings of the Tatton Park mansion and its important collection of paintings and books reflect the growing wealth and status of the Egerton family at the end of the 18th and during the 19th centuries. The mansion houses one of the National Trust’s finest libraries and an outstanding collection of Gillow’s of Lancaster furniture. Tatton’s lively musical life during this period is highlighted in recent films and brought to life with the 1897 Costume Ball story.

Cost: 41 GBP before October 10, 45 GBP after October 10 (includes coffee and pastry  before the tour)