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Lock, Stock & the BBC

Lock, Stock & the BBC

Diverse, energetic and bursting with character, Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK. We enjoy a fantastic cruise along the Manchester Ship Canal, a nostalgic steam train journey, a visit to Bury Transport Museum and an entertaining tour of the BBC studios at Salford Quays



3* Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel


This hotel is built around a former Georgian Manor House with landscaped gardens. Spacious bedrooms are accessible by lift and the comfortable brasserie restaurant (accessed by a few steps) features a sun terrace surrounded by lovely gardens. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and spa bath.


• Indoor swimming pool • Sauna • Gym • Spa bath • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • TV • WI-FI • Hairdryer •


Price includes


  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee

  • 3-course choice menu at dinner

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Small glass of house wine with dinner on the first night

  • Journey on the East Lancashire Railway

  • Entrance to Bury Transport Museum

  • Manchester Ship Canal Cruise

  • BBC Media City Tour

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Day 1

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.


Day 2

East Lancashire Railway & Bury Transport Museum
This morning we travel to Rawtenstall, where we enjoy a nostalgic trip on the East Lancashire Railway to the famous market town of Bury. When we arrive in style at our destination, we visit the Bury Transport Museum which has recently undergone a £3 million refurbishment. The museum is located across the road from the station and displays a wide selection of restored vehicles including vintage buses, a tram, tractors, transport vehicles and a historic steam locomotive. From Bury we travel to Wilmslow to enjoy lunch, after which we can explore the town at leisure.

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Day 3

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise
Today we embark on a cruise along the fascinating 35 miles of the Manchester Ship Canal. We enjoy lively commentary on our six-hour cruise which tells the story of how this magnificent waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West. Travelling through locks and bridges that have remained largely unchanged since their construction over 100 years ago, we gain a revealing insight into the facts, history and dramas of one of Britain's major waterways.

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Day 4

BBC Media City Tour
We join a tour of the BBC at Media City UK in Salford and walk in the footsteps of some of our favourite celebrities. The studios are home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match of the Day, Blue Peter, A Question of Sport, Mastermind, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 live, CBBC, BBC Sport and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few. Well-informed and friendly tour guides will entertain and surprise us, giving us a fascinating insight into how TV and radio work. We can also have a go at making our own news and weather bulletins in an interactive studio.
Please Note: For the BBC Tour they have advised that Photo ID will be required for anyone over 18 years old and large bags, rucksacks and shopping bags are not allowed on the tour.

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Day 5

After breakfast, we depart the hotel and return to the local area.


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