Manchester: the quay to a great group day out

Date Posted: 16/08/2012

Pictured: The highly impressive BBC MediaCityUK where you can take a group tour.

From sporting action to theatre and television, historical tours to discount shopping, The Quays, set on the historic waterfront of Greater Manchester, has something for everyone.

With a wide range of exciting venues, activities and events, alongside a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants - all in close proximity; it is an ideal destination for a successful group day out or short stay.

Experience the home and history of Manchester United

A new addition to The Quays, groups can now visit one of the world’s most famous football stadiums, Old Trafford, and see it through the eyes of the greats at the Manchester United Museum & Tour.

Eat and drink at the Red Café or get up close and personal on a tour with one of the club’s Legends. Groups are offered free car or coach parking and a discounted rate on tours (for groups of 15 plus).

Take a tour of the BBC's new home in the north

Another exciting new offering for group travel organisers is you can now give people the opportunity to see behind the scenes and delve into the fascinating world of broadcasting on a tour of the BBC at MediaCityUK.

Visitors can learn all about the programmes made by the BBC in the north, such as Match of the Day, Dragon’s Den and Blue Peter, to name a few, and even have the chance to star in their very own television production in the interactive studio. A special CBBC interactive tour is also available for children aged between six and 11 years old.

Remarkable stories at IWM North

As part of a group trip to The Quays, your party can also experience the award-winning IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, as it marks its first decade with a series of new tours.

Inspired by the 10@10: A Decade of Surprising Stories display, which reveals ten remarkable stories of people caught up in conflict, these new tours explore the experiences of those featured in the display (charges apply, pre-booking essential). Admission to IWM North, all exhibitions and coach parking is free for pre-booked groups, with a range of themed tours and handling sessions available (charges apply).

Enjoy the arts at The Lowry, visit a manor house and hit the shops

The Lowry arts complex is a creative and exciting, flagship venue that entertains with the very best in visual art and performance. Groups are offered ticket discounts on theatre bookings and special catering, as well as regular mailings with programme information and priority booking periods.

Be transported back in time at the newly restored Ordsall Hall, Salford’s Grade I listed Tudor manor house. Enjoy recreated room settings, beautifully landscaped gardens, hands-on family friendly exhibitions and maybe even a few ghostly goings-on. Guided tours and exclusive evening visits can be arranged for group parties.

Those who fancy taking in the stunning local scenery can enjoy the leisurely boat ride along Manchester’s historic ship canal with Mersey Ferries, with lively and informative commentary along the route.

Indulge in some retail therapy at Lowry Outlet Mall, Manchester’s only outlet, with six plaza restaurants and over 80 stores offering up to 60 per cent off high street prices all year round. Coach drivers and group travel organisers each get a £10 gift card, and all the group party each receive a discount voucher booklet to spend in a wide range of stores – you’ll be very popular.

Senior Screenings are available at Vue Cinema every Monday morning for just £3.05 per person. The cost includes refreshments prior to watching the film – a real bargain.

For a different experience of the waterfront, more active people can take part at the state-of-the-art Salford Watersports Centre, from sailing and windsurfing to kayaking and canoeing, and even indoor climbing.

With free coach parking and a range of quality yet affordable hotels, including the The Old Trafford Lodge at Lancashire County Cricket Club, and The Copthorne Manchester, there’s every reason to turn a day out into a short stay. Over seven million people visit The Quays every year and you will see why. It will probably surprise you, and in a good way with lots of happy people on your coach journey home.

For more group travel information contact the Tourist Information Centre:

0161-848 8601

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