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Northern England's Industrial Revolution

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Delve into the north of England's industrial past

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2019 Tour code: NOH19

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Day 1 - Meet in Manchester

This afternoon, meet your Tour Manager in Manchester and check into the 4-Star Arora Hotel for a two night stay before enjoying a welcome dinner at the hotel's excellent restaurant.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Museum of Liverpool & Kittywake Canal Cruise

Following breakfast at the hotel we enjoy our first excursion of the holiday, taking the train to Liverpool where we visit the Museum of Liverpool. Here, we see the Industrial Revolution themed exhibit, the Great Port, and learn how Liverpool evolved from a small tidal inlet to one of the world's most profitable ports.

Afterwards, we take the coach to Wigan Pier and transfer to our Kittywake canal cruise boat for a cruise along the Liverpool Canal. While on board, our expert speaker will deliver her insight into the importance of industrial canals. After our cruise we transfer back to our hotel, where we enjoy dinner this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Albert Docks
Day 3 - Museum of Science & Industry

Today we begin with a visit to Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry. The museum is situated on the site of the world's first railway station, Manchester Liverpool Road and boasts some the world's leading exhibits showcasing development in industry and technology.

Amongst the collection is the impressive 1907 McNaught Engine which powered Firgrove Mill in Rochdale. Later we visit Quarry Bank Mill in neighbouring Cheshire, one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution. Our guest lecturer joins us for a tour and demonstration of this historic site. We then transfer back to our hotel for the evening, enjoying dinner together.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Quarry Bank Mill
Day 4 - Saltaire

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Saltaire Model Village. Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1851 by woollen industrialist Sir Titus Salt to provide housing for the workers. Later we travel on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway to Carlisle, and transfer by rail to Newcastle, checking into our hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Beamish & Cragside House

Take a step back in time to 1913 today on a half-day excursion by coach to the living museum of Beamish. This worldfamous open air destination tells the story of what life was like in the north-east of England during the early nineteenth century. Your time here is at leisure and you are free to wander the impressively authentic replicas of The Town, Colliery and 'Rowley Station' for a fully interactive experience, set in 300 acres of stunning Durham countryside. Later we visit resplendent Cragside House, a Victorian country home that was the family home of Lord Armstrong, and was the first house to be powered purely by hydroelectricity. This evening, we enjoy a farewell meal together at our hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Beamish Museum
Day 6 - Departure day

Following breakfast at your hotel you are free to depart at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
Departure Day