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

Welcome to 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

Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Humberside, Newcastle

Newcastle, Hull, Liverpool

Day 1

Friday 2 March

Newcastle - Manchester

16:00 Newcastle to Manchester coach transfer
19:00 Arrive & check in to hotel
20:30 Dinner at Midland Hotel
Overnight Midland Hotel

Itinerary Details

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

Supplier Information

Name The Midland Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile Situated in the heart of the city, The Midland is a luxury hotel in Manchester like no other. Host to an array of Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers over the years, you can rest assured knowing that you'll be staying in one of most iconic and historic hotels in Manchester. As a four star hotel, The Midland features 312 pristine bedrooms, two award-winning restaurants, Adam Reid at the French and Mr Cooper's, an elegant Tea Room, a newly refurbished bar and lounge and 14 impressive conference and meeting rooms to fulfil all your business needs. If you're looking to make the most of your time in Manchester, look no further than The Midland Hotel. Our guests will also benefit from our award-winning luxurious spa, The Spa At The Midland. Designed with relaxation in mind, our tranquil spa offers a wide range of treatments including our unique Rasul Spa experience. Thus, whether you are here for business or for pleasure, the facilities and the team here at The Midland Hotel will make your stay truly memorable - and we know that once you've stayed in this grand hotel, you'll be sure to visit us again.
Phone +44 (0)161 236 3333
Email midlandreservations@qhotels.co.uk
Website https://www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/the-midland-manchester/
FIT or Groups: Both
Day 2

Saturday 3 March

Manchester - Peak District

07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Private transfer to Chatsworth House
10:00 Chatsworth house garden tour
12:30 Transfer 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

Itinerary Details

Famous for appearing in classic movie adaptations like the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice, Chatsworth House is one of the most iconic homes in Derbyshire. A guided tour showcases the rooms and characters of the house, as well as exploring some of the 105 acres of gardens here.

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 New Bath Hotel & Spa
Category Accommodation
Welcome to New Bath Hotel & Spa your gateway to the Peak District ...
The New Bath Hotel and Spa recently completed a major restoration. With 54 luxuriously appointed bedrooms with exceptional standards of guest comfort. The New Bath hotel is the perfect choice from which to explore the outstanding beauty of the Peak District. Additionally, the hotel offers a 2500 sq foot spa with treatments by ESPA, conference facilities complimented with a 140 seater Ballroom perfect for an elegant wedding. We have two dining rooms for you to choose from, our Brasserie is open for both lunch and dinner. Our taster menu is available in Artistry from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, and available from March 2018 with menu created from award winning chef John Shuttleworth. Both restaurants use where possible ingredients that are locally produced from responsible and sustainable sources. Whether it be for exploring the Peak District and all its beauty, business or for that celebratory event, you will be pleased with your decision to stay with us.
Phone +44 (0)1629 340 340
Email reservations@newbathhotelandspa.com
Website http://newbathhotelandspa.com/
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Day 3

Sunday 4 March


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 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 Time to relax
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


07:30 Breakfast
09:00 Transfer back to Manchester
10:30 Transfer to Harvey Nichols
11:00 Harvey Nichols personal shopping experience
12:00 Lunch at Second Floor Bar and Brasserie at Harvey Nichols
13:00 Walking tour of Manchester
15:30 Afternoon Tea at Midland Hotel
17:00 Back to hotel for freshen up
18:00 Manchester City Football Club Private Tour
20:00 Manchester City VIP Fine dining experience
Overnight Principal Manchester Hotel

Itinerary Details

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!

Shopping can be exhausting, but there is no need to leave the store to recharge and refuel – with the European-style menu and a selection of delicious cocktails to choose from, at Harvey Nichols’ award-winning Second Floor Bar and Brasserie.

Manchester’s landmarks – from the Cathedral to the Royal Exchange and beyond – are best experienced on a walking tour. A knowledgeable guide will point out the city’s icons while telling stories of Industrial Revolution and how it shaped the Manchester we see today. The Radisson Hotel is set in the heart of the city – the perfect rest spot for afternoon tea.

No visit to Manchester is complete without mention of “the beautiful game” and a visit to the Etihad Stadium! Football fans can not help but marvel at the spectacle of this fantastic arena, and even non “footie fans” can not help but be impressed with a view of the stadium from the Director’s box.

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 Principal Hotels
Category Accommodation
Profile THE PRINCIPAL HOTEL COMPANY, comprising PRINCIPAL - a collection of luxury four and five star city-centre hotels based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom such as London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff., and DE VERE – modern, country estate hotels, with mansion houses at their heart, with market-leading conference facilities.
Email hayley.stokes@theprincipalhotel.com
FIT or Groups: both

Supplier Information

Day 5

Tuesday 6 March


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