Explore Manchester & The Lake 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 Northumberland 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

Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Humberside, Newcastle

Newcastle, Hull, Liverpool

Day 1

Friday 2 March

Newcastle - Windermere

17:00 Coach transfer from Newcastle to Windermere
20:00 Hotel check in
20:30 Dinner at hotel
Overnight Waterhead Hotel

Itinerary Details

This itinerary begins with a coach ride from Newcastle to Windermere, one of the most popular spots in the Lake District National Park.

Supplier Information

Name Waterhead
Category Accommodation
Profile Waterhead Hotel in Ambleside has everything you need to make your stay memorable, combining a traditional Lakeland setting with all the modern luxuries of a boutique Lake District hotel. With stunning decor, exquisite facilities and award winning service, the Waterhead is the perfect choice.
Phone 015394 39469
Email sales.manager@englishlakes.co.uk
Website http://englishlakes.co.uk/waterhead
Min - Max capacity: 1 - 82
Frequency: N/A
Private tours: N/A
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Our website is available in Chinese, Japanese
Day 2

Saturday 3 March


08:00 Breakfast
09:30 Coach transfer
10:00 Hill Top Farm. Tour of the house and Gift Shop.
11:20 Coach transfer to Dalegarth Railway Terminal
12:30 Trip on the Ravenglass Railway to Ravenglass terminal
13:10 Lunch at Ravenglass
14:00 Tour of Muncaster Castle and its family attractions. Refreshments
16:00 Coach transfer to Windermere
16:30 Tour of World of Beatrix Potter
17:30 Coach transfer to hotel, free time until dinner
19:30 Dinner at Hotel with India Group 1
Overnight Overnight at Waterhead Hotel

Itinerary Details

Today brings a visit to the 17th-century Hill Top Farm, former home of children’s author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. Full of history, literary lovers can admire over 1,400 objects from the Beatrix Potter collection.
gardens that inspired some of her stories.”

England is home to a number of historic narrow gauge railways, and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway is one of its oldest and longest. Hopping on board guarantees a scenic journey as the train travels from Dalegarth to Ravenglass – the only coastal village in the whole of the Lake District National Park and a stunning place for lunch.

When it comes to haunted fortresses and stunning gardens, Muncaster Castle has it covered. A tour of the 13th century stronghold showcases its ghostly history, as well as some beautiful walking trails, a Himalayan garden and a vibrant bluebell wood. And for those who don’t manage to spot a ghost, they can always enjoy the maze, and one of the regular birds of prey displays!

The World of Beatrix Potter attraction gives a fascinating insight into the life of this Lake District literary icon, and the inspiration behind her stories and the characters such as Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggywinhle.

Supplier Information

Name Hill Top
Category Attraction
Profile Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Full of her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. See if you can spot real life objects which feature in her famous 'little white books' - every room contains a reference to a picture in a tale.
Email lucy.tickle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top

Supplier Information

Name Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Category Attraction
Profile Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is located on the West Coast of the Lake District within 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Take a steam ride and combine it with a walk or a visit to nearby Muncaster Castle. Excellent facilities at both main stations. Group & FIT options. Festive experiences available.
Phone 01229 717171
Email steam@ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Website https://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/
Min - Max capacity: Minimum capacity of 10, maximum capacity of 300
Frequency: Refer to timetable, main season runs March - November
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: FIT and Groups
Translation: Downloadable commentary available in Chinese and Japanese
Extra information: New first-class upgrades available in 2018 and group menus are available to book food options with us

Supplier Information

Name Muncaster Castle
Category Attraction
Profile The Hawk & Owl Centre within the gardens of Muncaster Castle is open daily mid-Feb to Dec 23rd inclusive. Centre and flying display entry is included in your Gardens ticket. The Centre comprises the lawned Owl Garden with aviaries and mews, plus the adjacent Old Rose Garden where there is a flying arena.
Phone 01229 717 614
Email info@muncaster.co.uk
Website http://www.muncaster.co.uk
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Day 3

Sunday 4 March

Lake District

07:30 Breakfast and hotel check out
09:30 Coach transfer to Dove Cottage
10:00 Tour of Dove Cottage
11:00 Coach transfer  over Kirkstone pass to Glenridding
11:45 Ullswater Steamer to Pooley Bridge
12:50 Coach transfer to Lowther Castle & Gardens
13:20 Lunch at Lowther Castle
14:20 Tour of the Castle and its attraction
15:30 Coach transfer to Oxenholme Station
TBC Train from Oxenholme Station to Manchester Piccadilly
19:40 Arrive into Manchester
20:00 Check into Manchester hotel
20:30 Dinner at Hilton Manchester Deansgate
Overnight Radisson Edwardian Manchester

Itinerary Details

From one literary classic to another, Dove Cottage was once the home of one of England’s finest poets, William Wordsworth. A visit to this historic home where he lived for eight years gives an insight into the life behind the man who captured the very heart of the stunning Lake District with his rich, evocative poetry.

The village of Pooley Bridge is a real taste of picturesque England – think teashops, greystone houses and a postcard-perfect bridge, built in the 16th century. A trip here on an Ullswater Steamers vessel offers a wonderful, environmentally friendly way to cross one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, with stunning views of the mighty peak of Helvellyn.

Lowther Castle is one of the most unique fortresses in the country. Dating back 850 years, it is a collection of wild ruins, gardens and an elaborate adventure playground .. not forgetting its state-of-the-art cafe, which is perfect for lunch.

Supplier Information

Name Dove Cottage
Category Attraction
Profile A must-see attraction for all Lake District visitors – this traditional Lakeland cottage, in the heart of Britain’s newest World Heritage Site, was the place where William Wordsworth produced the most famous and best-loved of his poems and his sister Dorothy wrote her fascinating Grasmere journals.
Phone 01539435544
Email enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk
Website https://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html
Min - Max capacity: Minimum 10 people.
Frequency: Tours can begin every 10 minutes. A tour of Dove Cottage usually takes 25 minutes, as it is a small Lakeland cottage we can only allow 15 people per tour so multiple tours may be necessary for larger groups. We recommend allowing at least 1 hour for your visit - but you are welcome to stay longer and enjoy the exhibitions and gardens at your leisure.
Private tours: Yes.
FIT or Groups: Suitable for Fully Independent Travellers and Groups.
Translation: We offer audio tours of Dove Cottage in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German and French. Translated information sheets for Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum are available in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian.

Supplier Information

Name Ullswater 'Steamers'
Category Attraction
Profile Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award-winning Lake District attraction operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake. Sailing one of the largest heritage vessel fleets in the world, offering visitors an experience they will never forget. Excellent facilities at both main pier houses.
Phone 017684 82229
Email enquiries@ullswater-steamers.co.uk
Website https://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/
Min - Max capacity: Minimum capacity of 10, maximum capacity of 200
Frequency: Refer to timetable as cruise times change throughout the year
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Free commentary app available in Chinese and Japanese

Supplier Information

Name Lowther Castle Gardens
Category Attraction
Profile Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the English Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem. Built at the turn of the 19th century, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. But in 1957 the castle was demolished. Just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty – home only to chickens, pigs and the odd bat. The gardens were lost to wilderness.
Phone 01931 712192
Email info@lowthercastle.org
Website https://www.lowthercastle.org
FIT or Groups: N/A

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 4

Monday 5 March


08:00 Breakfast
09:30 Manchester Walking Tour
11:00 Coach transfer
11:45 Visit to East Lancashire Railway
Lunch Lunch The Trackside
14:30 Coach transfer
15:30 Manchester United stadium tour
18:30 Back to hotel for dinner freshen up
20:00 Dinner
Overnight Radisson Edwardian Manchester

Itinerary Details

With so much culture, history, and so many landmarks, the best way to get to know Manchester is on foot. Taking in Old Trafford, the Town Hall, Manchester Cathedral and the Royal Exchange, it’s a great way to get a taste of this vibrant city.

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. Lunch at The Trackside restaurant offers a unique dining experience, with the Bury Bolton Street Station as the backdrop, and a huge range of award-winning ales, ciders and perries to choose from.

No visit to Manchester is complete, without mention of “the beautiful game”! Day 4 of this itinerary begins with a tour of Manchester United’s football ground: Old Trafford. Football fans can not help but marvel at the museum which showcases 130 years of sporting history, and even non “footie fans” can not help but be impressed by the dressing rooms, players’ tunnel and manager’s stand at the 75,000 seater Theatre of Dreams.

Supplier Information

Name Daily Discover Manchester Walking Tour
Category Guided Tours
Profile Taking place daily at 11am from April to October (and Saturday and Sunday at 1pm from November to March), this is one of Manchester’s most popular guided walks. A qualified tour guide will lead you around the city centre, giving you a taste of the history and culture, as well as showing you the major sites including Manchester Town Hall, the Royal Exchange and Manchester Cathedral. Meet the tour guide outside Manchester Central Library.
Phone 07505 685 942
Website http://www.manchesterguidedtours.com

Supplier Information

Supplier Information

Name Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre
Category Attraction
Profile The Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour offers a behind the scenes look at the world’s most iconic stadium; Old Trafford Come and sit in José’s seat in the dugout, walk through the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf and find the seat of your favourite player in the dressing room. Get a feel for life in the Premier League and immerse yourself in an unrivalled story, the greatest football story ever told We welcome groups of all sizes, from all over the world every day to the home of Manchester United, from individuals and families to international group tours, providing the same world class experience to all.
Phone +44(0)161 868 8000
Email museum.enquiries@manutd.co.uk
Website http://www.manutd.com/en/Visit-Old-Trafford/Museum-And-Stadium-Tour/Welcome.aspx
Day 5

Tuesday 6 March


08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Coach transfer to  Manchester Airport