Explore Manchester & The Peak District - Fri 2 March 2018 to Mon 5 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 - Manchester

16:00Newcastle to Manchester train (Transpennine 1st class – 2hrs 30 mins)
19:00Dinner at Sam’s Chop House
OvernightINNSIDE Manchester

Itinerary Details

This itinerary starts with a journey on the TransPennine Express, from Newcastle in the East to Manchester in the West – taking approximately 2.5 hours.

On arriving in Manchester, it’s time to “refuel” at the world-famous Chop House restaurant, which transports diners back in time to the Victoria era, serving a range of classic British dishes.


Supplier Information

NameSam's Chop House
CategoryFood, beverage & Entertainment Venues
ProfileEstablished in 1872 by local businessman Samuel Studd, Sam’s Chop House stands proud as one of Manchester’s most celebrated bars and restaurants, serving the best of British cuisine and a fine selection of ales, wines and spirits. Many famous faces have been regulars over the years, including LS Lowry, who you might still find sat at the end of our bar…
Phone+44 (0)161 834 3210
FIT or Groups:Groups

Supplier Information

NameInnside Manchester
ProfileINNSIDE Manchester stands in a stunning new building in the vibrant First Street development. Located in the heart of Manchester with close proximity to the cosmopolitan shopping area and business districts. Its privileged location allows easy access to Manchester’s transport links, with access to both national rail stations and Manchester Airport. Located minutes from Manchester’s museum and shopping districts, INNSIDE Manchester offers the perfect place for both business and leisure travellers. You will be amazed by its architecture and charmed by its interior: designer guest rooms, state-of-the-art meeting rooms and a delightful concept of cuisine.
Phone+44 (0)161 200 2500
FIT or Groups:Both
Day 2

Saturday 3 March

Manchester & Lancashire

09:15Coach transfer
10:00Visit to East Lancashire Railway
11:30Coach transfer
12:15Manchester Food Walks
14:30Coach transfer
15:15Visit to Tatton Park followed by Afternoon Tea
17:30Coach transfer back to hotel for freshen up
19:30Dinner at Refuge
OvenightINNSIDE Manchester

Itinerary Details

Day two begins with a trip on The East Lancashire Railway – 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.

Experiencing a Manchester Food Walk is a great way to get a real “taste” of this vibrant city. Showcasing the very best of the city’s gourmet history and culture, from pizza to cake and from coffee to cocktails, there’s plenty of indulgence to be had on one of these delicious tours.

Heading outside the city, and with 50 acres of award-winning gardens, a farm, a historic Tudor hall and a neoclassical mansion, the historic estate of Tatton Park has plenty to appeal to first time and repeat visitors. And with a calendar packed with over 100 events and festivals each year, there is something to suit every interest.

Dinner tonight is a variety of delicious small plate dishes known as ‘Voltini’. Refuge by Volta is influenced by cuisines from around the world and its diversity is one of the many reasons it has clinched several awards, including ‘Bar of the Year’.


Supplier Information

Supplier Information

NameManchester Food Walks
CategoryGuided Tours
ProfileManchester Food Walks has been leading hungry visitors around Manchester for five years. Our tours combine a fascinating take on Manchester's history and culture with food from the city's best providers. Manchester's food scene is ever-changing, and we are always seeking out the best places to sample. 2018 sees more walks more than ever before - with a new weekly Northern Quarter Taster tour each Saturday and A Slice of Manchester Pizza Walk every Sunday.
Phone+44 (0)7590 848 100
FIT or Groups:Both

Supplier Information

Supplier Information

NameThe Refuge
CategoryFood, beverage & Entertainment Venues
ProfileA major success story on the Manchester food and drink scene with Electrik and Volta, Justin Crawford and Luke Cowdrey, aka The Unabombers, have joined forces with The Principal Manchester to curate The Refuge Dining Room & Public Bar.
Phone+44 (0)161 233 5151
FIT or Groups:Groups
Day 3

Sunday 4 March

Peak District

07:30Breakfast and hotel check out
11:00-14:30Half day visit to Bolsover Castle & surrounds
12:00Transfer to The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton
OvernightThe Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, including hosted 3 course dinner

Itinerary Details

It’s hard not to be impressed when catching the first glimpse of hilltop Bolsover Castle. Its fairytale walls, turrets and gardens enchant, while its compelling Stuart-era history will keep visitors of all ages entertained. Full of romance and stunning artwork, it is really a mesmerising place to visit. Enjoy a visit that takes in the castle and the surrounding area before taking afternoon tea in the sumptuous surroundings.

Nestled within the hills of the Peak District National Park, The Old Hall Hotel is known as England’s oldest hotel. With a pretty façade and set against a backdrop of rolling English countryside, the hotel is also home to a wonderful restaurant that offers both traditional and contemporary cuisine.

Day 4

Monday 5 March


09:00Transfer to Thornbridge Hall
10:00Guided tour of Thornbridge Hall & Gardens
12:00Lunch at the Packhorse Inn, accompanied by Thornbridge beer
14:00 Travel back to Manchester Airport

Itinerary Details

With its Victorian gardens, inspired by a vision known as ‘1,000 shades of green’, Thornbridge Hall is the perfect spot to spend a morning in the country. Its Italian Garden, Water Garden and Koi Lakes are especially pretty, while the house itself exudes elegance and charm. And, to quench one’s thirst after exploring the Hall and gardens, enjoy lunch at the nearby Packhorse Inn, with accompanying beers from the  Thornbridge Brewery. The brewery uses herbs, fruit and vegetables from the Thornbridge Hall gardens to create several different and distinctive flavours of beer.

Chatsworth House