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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Supplier Information

Name Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Category Attraction
Profile 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.
Phone 01612732215
Min - Max capacity: 10-60
Frequency: Available Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday - 10am-8pm Must be pre-booked.
Private tours: Yes, must be pre-booked.
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Guide books available in Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Arabic.
Extra information: Extensive selection of second-hand books on sale.

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.


Supplier Information

Name Scranchester Food Tours
Category Guided Tours
Profile A local led gastronomic adventure, sample some of the best food and drink the city has to offer and learn how the food we eat offers an edible insight into the city’s past. The local led tour will explore Manchester's vibrant food and drink scene taking in some real hidden gems.
Phone 07824617650
Min - Max capacity: 2 - 12
Frequency: Most Saturdays througout the year with additional days during peak periods
Private tours: Yes, private tours are available for groups of any size and bespoke itineraries can be tailored to the needs of the group
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Private tours available in Spanish
Extra information: Bespoke tours can be put together for groups of two people upwards
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.

Liverpool 621 Beatles

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Name The Beatles Story
Category Attraction
Profile The award-winning The Beatles Story is the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame. Located in the Fab Four’s hometown of Liverpool on the stunning UNESCO World heritage waterfront at the Albert Dock, the Beatles Story takes visitors on an immersive journey through the lives, times, culture and music of the world’s greatest band. Multi-media audio guides are available in ten languages including Mandarin, French and German and beautifully narrated by John Lennon’s sister, Julia. A must for any music fan, The Beatles Story features an impressive collection of fascinating memorabilia including the band’s original instruments, John Lennon’s New York piano, Ringo Starr’s drum kit, rare album sleeves, photography and original lyrics. Finish your perfect historical experience in one of two Beatles-themed Fab4 Cafés or browse through a fantastic range of products available from one of the Fab4 Stores.
Phone 0151 709 1963

Mersey Cruises

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 – 50 minutes to be precise.

Departing hourly from Pier Head, the cruise showcases Liverpool’s wide range of attractions, from The Beatles at Albert Dock to the Metropolitan Cathedral and Chinese Arch. If that’s not enough, tickets also include entry to the U Boat Story at the Woodside Ferry Terminal, where visitors can learn all about life on this German vessel during World War Two. Combining the River Explorer Cruise with the City Explorer Open Top Bus tour is also recommended, in order to experience the best of the city by land and water.

Mersey Ferries Liverpool North of England PSE

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.

Shiverpool Liverpool North of England PSE

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

Book on the Visit Britain shop


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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