You can’t think of Manchester and not think of two of the most popular footballs teams on the planet. A Mecca for football fans across the globe. This city boosts two epic stadiums – The Etihad (Manchester City) and Old Trafford (Manchester United). Both tours will bring the magic of the game alive, giving visitors an all access pass to behind the scenes.

If you fancy escaping from all the football fans try visiting the John Rylands Library. It is a historical gem found in the heart of the city. Built back in 1890 it houses one of the world’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. With it’s gothic exterior coupled with its spectacular Victorian interior it will feel like you are stepping back in time. And best of all….it’s FREE.

Manchester is well-known for its star-studded musical heritage. Having birthed the likes of The Stone Roses, and Oasis. Furthermore, The Smiths and not to mention Take That. Venues like the Manchester Arena, Band On The Wall and The Ritz regularly host global superstars. They also pave the way all the next up and coming artist.

If you are looking for a day out to entertain the kids head over to the Science and Industry museum. This museum sits in the heart of the city and is full of amazing objects and revolutionary ideas that changed the world forever.

Travelling to Manchester by Ferry

The closest ferry port to Manchester is Liverpool Ferry Terminal. This ferry terminal is approximately 35km away (56 miles) which would be a pleasant drive allowing you to explore the English countryside, taking around 1 hour.

There are actually seven separate UK to ferry ports that will get you within a 5 hour drive of Manchester. Where ever you live in the world, driving to Manchester should be easy with ferries arriving into England from France, Holland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.