Leave Salford Quays, pass through Eccles and arrive in Stretford. Enjoy the shops of Trafford to and then to Altrincham’s Dunham Massey and take in the history of Stockport. Pass Ashton under Lynne and visit Oldham and Bolton before finishing at Wigan.
Salford is packed with things for visitors to do – explore the Salford Quayside with range of restaurants, bars and eateries. Check out the Imperial War Museum North, whilst shoppers should head for the Lowry Centre. The Tudor manor house of Ordsall Hall is nearby.
Beer lovers will enjoy the Eccles Ale Trail whilst those interested in Victorian engineering can enjoy a cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal including passing under the Barton Swing Bridge and Barton Swing Aqueduct taking the Bridgewater canal over the Ship Canal. A little further along the Bridgewater canal is the Worsley basin and Packet House.
One for the sports enthusiasts – head to the “theatre of dreams” home of Manchester United Football Club or the Lancashire County Cricket ground. Shoppers should head to the Streford Mall.
If you are looking to go shopping then head to the intu Trafford Centre for a wide choice of shops and brands – whilst the intu Trafford Centre Food offers great choice. When you’re all shopped out, take in the visitor attractions of Legoland and Sealife.
The town of Altrincham is home to a revitalised market where you can grab a bite to eat. Nearby Dunham Massey is well worth exploring and is home to the country’s largest winter gardens with 1,600 specimens over 7 acres designed by Roy Lancaster, a deer park and range of events throughout the year.
The River Goyt and River Tame merge at Stockport to become the River Mersey. Visitors can enjoy Reddish Vale Country Park, The Staircase House, Stockport Air Raid Shelters and the Museum of Hatting.
Enjoy the market town of Ashton under Lyne and take in a range of attractions including Stamford Park, Portland Basin Museum where three canals meet and the Museum of the Manchesters, housed at Ashton Hall recounting the story of the Manchester Regiment.
Take in Saddleworth Museum, Gallery Oldham and then escape to the fresh air of Daisy Nook Country Park, Dove Stone Reservoir and the rolling Saddleworth Moor.
Visitors can explore Bolton Steam Museum to see the collection of working steam engines, take in the Bolton Museum or follow one of the Bolton heritage trail to learn about the town’s industrial heritage. The Hall I’ th’ Wood is a 16th century half timbered manor house housing a museum including Sam Crompton’s spinning mule which revolutionised cotton manufacture.
Take in the Wigan Museum of Life, explore the Haigh Woodland Park and enjoy the Wigan Pier on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal before finishing off with a brewery tour. Sports enthusiasts may want to watch a game of Rugby League at the home of the Wigan Warriors.