Manchester to Liverpool - 2 Day Itinerary


From Premier League football in Manchester to Beatlemania in Liverpool, The Manchester to Liverpool 2 day itinerary takes visitors on a journey between these two fantastic cities that are only separated by a 35 minute rail journey. Starting with a tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and ending on a terrifying Ghost Walk through the streets of central Liverpool, this two day itinerary is not one to miss!

Getting to Liverpool

Manchester – Liverpool is a fast direct train journey that takes only 35 mins when travelling from Manchester Victoria train station. Travel from Manchester Piccadilly takes approximately 50 mins.

This itinerary can also be experienced with the North of England City Experience Rover

For short trips, like this one, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through the Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys and the freedom to explore.

Day 1


Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

The restored home of the Victorian writer Elizabeth Gaskell, author of Cranford and North and South. Historic period rooms, garden, Tea Room and changing exhibition. A rare hands-on experience of a Victorian home in Manchester.

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Manchester Food Tour by Scranchester

Starting in central Manchester, this gastronomic adventure takes guests on a multi-stop food tour of one of England’s great industrial cities. Revealing food and drink stories and hidden gems, this local led tour will sample some of the best food and drink the city has to offer and visitors will learn how the food we eat offers an edible insight into the past.

Day 2


The Beatles Story

John, Paul, George and Ringo are some of the most iconic names in musical history. The Beatles Story is a must for any Beatles fan. It showcases the band’s career highlights, displays original Beatles’ instruments and even has a recreation of the famous Abbey Road Studios.

If walking, the Albert Dock is a 20 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street, through Liverpool ONE shopping centre on the River Mersey waterfront. Alternatively, it is possible to travel by train from Liverpool Lime Street to James Street Station, just a 5 minute walk from the Albert Dock.

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Mersey Ferries

Historically a port city, Liverpool owes a huge part of its culture and character to the River Mersey, which is what makes this River Explorer Cruise such a fascinating excursion. Not only that, but floating down the water is a great, relaxing way for anyone to get their bearings and experience the city highlights in a short space of time.

The trip on board the world-famous Mersey Ferry is guided by expert commentary throughout the 50-minute trip. The cruise offers an exhilarating waterfront experience
which provides stunning views of Liverpool’s skyline.

There are two Mersey Ferries; the Royal Iris of the Mersey in traditional black, white and red livery and the Dazzle Ferry, the only operating Dazzle Ship in the UK. The eye-catching design was created by Sir Peter Blake (famous for The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Album cover), as part of the First World War commemorations.

Cruises operate daily departing hourly from Pier Head, Liverpool.

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Supplier Information

Min – Max capacity: Max 370 pax
Frequency: Every day except Christmas Day & New Years DayEvery hour from Liverpool Pier Head from 10.00 – 4.00pm
Private tours: No
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Fact sheets in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese and Mandarin.

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Magical Mystery Tour

A truly memorable two hour bus journey, the Magical Mystery Tour showcases The Beatles’ Liverpool – a must for any fan of the sixties pop sensation. Accompanied by some of the Fab Four’s most beloved hits and commentary from a knowledgeable guide, it takes in their childhood homes, colleges and schools and, most importantly, stops off at the iconic locations that inspired the music and feel that made John, Paul, George and Ringo so famous. Think Strawberry Field and Penny Lane, to name just two.

The tour finishes off at the ‘Most Famous Club in the World’ – aka the Cavern Club – where live music from the venue’s session musicians is played in the afternoons. Tickets also include entry to the club on the evening of the tour. It’s one of the best ways to discover Liverpool’s buzzing suburbs and gain an insight into The Beatles.

Magical Mystery Tour Liverpool North of England PSE

Supplier Information

Min – Max capacity: 53
Frequency: 4 tours a day
Private tours: Private tours which can range from 2 – 6 hours. These tours can include additional stops not included in the standard Magical Mystery Tour.
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Translations available in Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Italian.

Website: The Cavern Club


Those who are faint of heart: beware! Ghouls and ghosts, haunted hotels and the creepy Cathedral Quarter – the award-winning Hope Street Shivers tour has it all, and more. After all, what better way to get a fright than with a stroll down Northwest England’s most haunted street… in the dark?

Shiverpool’s Ghost Tours begin outside The Philharmonic Pub, a Victorian establishment just off Hope Street, and takes guests on a journey to uncover the city’s most sinister stories and locations. A theatrical team of guides will tell terrifying tales of Will McKenzie – the most famous ghostly resident in Liverpool – and also explore the rundown, haunted Irish Centre (previously known as The Wellington Rooms), not to mention the Anglican Cathedral Cemetery, which is believed to be inhabited by dozens of ghosts.

The tour offers a fascinating insight into the city’s horror history, while showing a side of Liverpool’s ‘nightlife’ that is often overlooked.

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Supplier Information

Min – Max capacity: For groups 20- 40 participants recommended.
Frequency: Public tours are weekly; Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Also a private tour service every day of the week throughout the morning, day and night.
Private tours: Private tours available.
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: No

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For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.

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