Explore Manchester, Cheshire & The Peak District - Fri 2 March 2018 to Tues 6 March 2018

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray Commercial Director

Explore the North

The North of England is home to some of the UK’s most stunning countryside – with The Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District National Park and The Peak District National Park all within this breath-taking area. Beyond the countryside, the vibrant cities of Northern England are where you’ll find some of the country’s most famous football clubs, and once known for their industrial heritage, these are now renowned for their culture, shopping and nightlife.

Key gateways

Airports:
Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Humberside, Newcastle

Ports:
Newcastle, Hull, Liverpool

Day 1

Friday 2 March

Itinerary Details

16:00 Newcastle to Manchester train (Transpennine 1st class – 2hrs 30 mins)
19:00 Dinner at Hilton Deansgate Manchester
Overnight Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel

Newcastle - Manchester

This itinerary starts with a journey from East to West by coach from Newcastle to Manchester – taking approximately 3 hours.

Once in Manchester, dinner tonight is at The Podium Restaurant at Hilton Deansgate Manchester. With views right across the city, Cloud 23 Bar is a popular pre-dinner choice for drinks whilst the restaurant boasts an array of tasty, locally sourced dishes.

Supplier Information

Name Hilton Manchester Deansgate
Category Accommodation
Profile Hilton Deansgate showcases stylish rooms, a stunning bar with panoramic views and magnificent event space, all in the heart of Manchester. Housed in the iconic Beetham Tower, this hotel is a destination in itself. Discover exciting attractions nearby, or enjoy the city’s bustling nightlife.
Phone 0161 870 1600
Email mandg_frontoffice@hilton.com
Website http://www.hilton.co.uk/manchesterdeansgate
FIT or Groups: We cater for individuals, groups or both

Supplier Information

Name Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester
Category Accommodation
Profile Built in 1853 to commemorate the repeal of the Corn Laws, the Free Trade Hall has been at the centre of life in Manchester for almost 160 years. The building has been bombed, abandoned, rebuilt several times and seen much controversy. It has also enjoyed many lives – a political arena, concert hall and rock venue with a most diverse range of famous people appearing on stage - Winston Churchill (hailed as his most brilliant speech), Bob Dylan (Judas gig), Pink Floyd (performed prior to album release), the Sex Pistols (started the Punk era) and the Dalai Lama (the last speaker). Finally, it was reborn in 2004 as a magnificent luxury 263 bedroom hotel, award winning restaurant and must visit spa. It retains its original façade, heritage and famous artefacts plus it is still at the heart of Manchester life. Located in Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and the original home to the Hallé Orchestra, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester has brought a new generation of award winning luxury to one of the city’s oldest and most iconic buildings over the past decade. As the hotel of music in Manchester, displays of autographs provide a snapshot of the many stars who performed there during its years as a world famous music and theatre venue; a tradition the hotel continues with signatures from its high profile guests today. Many of them, such as Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey and Bob Dylan, are also immortalised in the names of the hotel’s deluxe suites, including 20 al fresco suites that each feature a covered terrace set within the Free Trade Hall’s original brick façade. In homage to its proud heritage, the hotel celebrated its 10th birthday through a unique collaboration with the Hallé Orchestra in September 2014.
Phone +44 (0)161 835 9929
Email resmanc@radisson.com
Website https://www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/manchester-hotel-gb-m2-5gp/gbmanche
FIT or Groups: Both
Day 2

Saturday 3 March

Manchester

09:00 Breakfast
10:00 Hotel show around
11:00 Transfer to Harvey Nichols
11:30 Harvey Nichols personal shopping experience
13:30 Lunch at Harvey Nichols
15:00 Coach transfer
15:30 East Lancashire Railway
17:30 Back to hotel for freshen up
20:00 Dinner at Fazenda
Overnight Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel

Itinerary Details

Built in 1853, the Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Throughout its history it has been a concert hall and a political arena but, today, it’s more about infusing its rich heritage with a range of luxury rooms and amenities. It has a spa and two restaurants – Opus One and Steak and Lobster – and its own music hall of fame, with autographs and photos from stars like Bob Dylan and Judy Garland.

Harvey Nichols is British department stores at their most luxurious. And, in the heart of Manchester, visitors will find one of its top stores. Offering tips and guidance on what to buy, which sizes will suit the best, and how to identify current fashion trends, a personal shopping experience leaves visitors with lots of helpful tips .. and maybe an outfit or two!

The East Lancashire Railway is one of the most popular attractions in Lancashire. Its steam rides hark back to the days of vintage travel, while there are abundant cafes, pubs and gift shops to discover along its route – not to mention the fascinating Bury Transport Museum.

The menu at Fazenda is fusion of modernity and traditional Brazilian fare. Above all, it’s a recipe for being absolutely stuffed! That said, visitors can hardly deny the delicious barbecued meat, as more and more skewers are brought to their table. Each diner is given a card, which they can turn over to say ‘no’ to more food of course, but where’s the fun in that?

Supplier Information

Name Harvey Nichols - Manchester
Category Retail
Profile Style Concierge Matching exceptional service with styling expertise, Harvey Nichols Style Concierge offers the ultimate shopping experience.
Imagine your very own fashion expert – someone who isn’t loyal to any one brand, but who can edit through the many different offerings to find the perfect outfit for you. Be it a workwear update or last-minute holiday haul, the Harvey Nichols Style Concierge and expert team of Stylists are at your service. Once our stylists have established exactly what you are looking for, an assortment of suitable pieces will be brought to you in the chic First Floor suite, along with your refreshments of choice. Every little detail is considered, from gift-wrapping to home delivery, making it a truly luxurious experience from start to finish. We really do spoil you, and the best part? It’s all entirely complimentary. During your visit, our team would be delighted to discuss any specific requirements, such as alterations, restaurant reservations and Gift Vouchers. We would also be happy to arrange hair, make-up and pampering treatments at our Elemis SpaPod. How could you possibly resist? Your personal Stylist awaits.
Phone +44 (0)161 828 8888
Email contact.manchester@harveynichols.com
Website https://www.harveynichols.com/store/manchester/
FIT or Groups: FIT

Supplier Information

Name Fazenda Manchester
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile From sipping cocktails in the atmospheric bar, to enjoying the full rodizio experience, Fazenda Manchester is the perfect example of sophistication; where authenticity meets the modern gaúcho. Boasting a wine list for the most educated of palates, this is the ideal place to entertain clients or simply relax in style.
Phone 0161 207 1183
Email info@fazenda.co.uk
Website https://fazenda.co.uk/manchester/
FIT or Groups: n/a

Supplier Information

Supplier Information

Name Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester
Category Accommodation
Profile Built in 1853 to commemorate the repeal of the Corn Laws, the Free Trade Hall has been at the centre of life in Manchester for almost 160 years. The building has been bombed, abandoned, rebuilt several times and seen much controversy. It has also enjoyed many lives – a political arena, concert hall and rock venue with a most diverse range of famous people appearing on stage - Winston Churchill (hailed as his most brilliant speech), Bob Dylan (Judas gig), Pink Floyd (performed prior to album release), the Sex Pistols (started the Punk era) and the Dalai Lama (the last speaker). Finally, it was reborn in 2004 as a magnificent luxury 263 bedroom hotel, award winning restaurant and must visit spa. It retains its original façade, heritage and famous artefacts plus it is still at the heart of Manchester life. Located in Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and the original home to the Hallé Orchestra, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester has brought a new generation of award winning luxury to one of the city’s oldest and most iconic buildings over the past decade. As the hotel of music in Manchester, displays of autographs provide a snapshot of the many stars who performed there during its years as a world famous music and theatre venue; a tradition the hotel continues with signatures from its high profile guests today. Many of them, such as Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey and Bob Dylan, are also immortalised in the names of the hotel’s deluxe suites, including 20 al fresco suites that each feature a covered terrace set within the Free Trade Hall’s original brick façade. In homage to its proud heritage, the hotel celebrated its 10th birthday through a unique collaboration with the Hallé Orchestra in September 2014.
Phone +44 (0)161 835 9929
Email resmanc@radisson.com
Website https://www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/manchester-hotel-gb-m2-5gp/gbmanche
FIT or Groups: Both
Day 3

Sunday 4 March

Cheshire

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Private transfer to Chester
10:30 Walking tour of Chester, including Roman Walls & Cathedral
12:30 Lunch in Chester
13:30 Transfer to Cholmondeley Castle Garden
14:00 Visit to Cholmondeley Castle Garden
15:00 Transfer to Carden Park Hotel & Showaround
15:30 Check into Carden Park
16:30 Light afternoon Tea
17:00 Site Inspection of Carden Park
18:00 Freshen up for 1 hour
19:00 Dinner at Carden Park
Overnight Carden Park Hotel

Itinerary Details

Famed for having the oldest, longest, most complete Roman walls in Britain, Chester is a destination bursting with history. A walking tour of the city follows in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, while also getting up close to the Grade I-listed Cathedral, which dates back to 1093.

With its perfectly manicured gardens and romantic turrets and ramparts, a visit to Cholmodeley Castle is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Having undergone an extensive redvelopment of its gardens, the Folly Garden, the Rose Garden, Laburnum Grove and the beautiful Temple Garden, all provide contrasting experiences and aim for year round colour.

After a day of exploration, it’s time to enjoy the tranquility ot The Carden Park Hotel – a beautiful country estate in the heart of Cheshire. With a range of luxurious guestrooms, and a golf course, it has plenty of space for leisure and business travellers – as well as for those just looking for a spot of afternoon tea, or a delicious meal in The Redmond’s Restaurant and The Vines.

Supplier Information

Name Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
Category Attraction
Profile Welcome to Cholmondeley Castle Gardens The romantic gothic Castle - a product of the early 19th century - stands on a high rise above a lake. The Castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees, including Cedars of Lebanon, Oak, and Chestnut. The gardens surrounding the Castle provide a lovely mix of colour and height, with intriguing walks around the lake. There is a Temple Water Garden, Rose Garden, a variety of mixed borders. Plantings are planned to provide colour at all times of the year.
Phone +44 (0)1829 720383
Email info@cholmondeleycastle.com
Website http://www.cholmondeleycastle.com/
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Name Carden Park
Category Accommodation
Profile A four star luxury Cheshire hotel complete with AA Rosette awarded restaurant, two championship golf courses and award winning spa Nestled in 1,000 acres of rolling Cheshire countryside, Carden Park Hotel is the ideal venue for a relaxing hotel break, pamper, golf or productive conference
Phone 01829 731000
Email emily.kelsall@cardenpark.co.uk
Website https://www.cardenpark.co.uk/#
Day 4

Monday 5 March

Itinerary

07:00 Breakfast at Carden Park
08:00 Private transfer to Chatsworth House
10:00 Chatsworth House tour & garden tour
12:30 Tranfer to Heights of Abraham
13:30 Cable Car to the Summit, a short welcome and lunch in Vista Restaurant
15:00 Tour of the Masson Cavern
15:40 Tour of the site including the Fossil Factory and the Rock Shop
16:30 Cable Car back to the Base Station, transfer to Buxton
19:00 Dinner at New Bath Hotel and Spa
Overnight New Bath Hotel and Spa

Peak District

Chatsworth House may look familiar; that’s because it has featured in many a film or TV series – in particular the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, starring Keira Knightly. With 105 acres of gardens and a stunning collection of opulent rooms to explore, it’s easy to spend hours in this beautiful Derbyshire residence.

The Heights of Abraham is one of the lesser known highlights of the Peak District. Opening in the 1780s, the caverns cover the hills above Matlock. Arrive by cable car and explore the estate.

Nestled in the Peak District, the luxurious New Bath Hotel and Spa boasts beautiful rooms, a spa and vast selection of conference facilities. Its Sourced Restaurant serves up a range of lovingly created dishes, innovative and crafted using ingredients from local suppliers.

Supplier Information

Name Chatsworth House & Gardens
Category Attraction
Profile Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash. There are over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.
Phone +44 (0)1246 565300
Email visit@chatsworth.org
Website https://www.chatsworth.org/
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Name Heights of Abraham
Category Attraction
Profile Since first opening its gates to visitors in 1780's the Heights of Abraham has become one of the Peak District's most popular destinations. Originally the Heights of Abraham was only accessible to visitors who could scale the steep slopes of Masson Hill. In 1984 Britain's first alpine style cable car transport system was installed. Rising from the valley floor, the observation cars transport you in comfort and safety and allow stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District. It is said that the lead mining in this area began in Roman times, reaching its heyday in the 17th Century. The miners are now long gone but in the process of excavating the rich mineral deposits they left behind a large network of naturally formed caverns and passageways dating back millions of years. Now, regular guided tours allow you to retrace the miners' footsteps for yourself.
Phone +44 (0)1629 582 365
Email office@heightsofabraham.com
Website http://www.heightsofabraham.com/
FIT or Groups: Both
Day 5

Tuesday 6 March

Depart

09:00 Breakfast
10:00 Transfer to Manchester airport for flights