We are All Aboard Manchester Ltd, a not-for-profit community organisation, based at Stretford Marina. In July 2017 we took over operations of ‘Prince Henry,’ a 70ft community narrowboat, formerly run by Trafford Council’s Openlock Project. We now specialise in day-trips, workshops and events on the Bridgewater Canal.
We offer a subsidised day-trip rate of £100 for all community groups/charities and CICs. You can choose from three destinations, to either Castlefield, Dunham Massey or Boothstown via Worsley. (Full trip details below.) The canal is certainly the fastest way to slow down and our boat offers a comfortable and calm environment; the perfect place for you to relax and unwind.
The price is inclusive of a CCBM licensed skipper. The maximum number of people permitted on board is 12, which must include a minimum of 2 adults.
Trips are for a duration of up to 6 hours. Until Saturday 24th March timings are 9am – 3pm. From Sunday 25th March until Saturday 27th October timings are 10am – 4pm.
There are two toilets on board, one of which is suitable for disabled passengers. We also carry baby changing facilities.
We have a hydraulic platform lift to enable access for wheelchair passengers or those with limited mobility. We try to accommodate all disabilities, however, due to the space on board, please contact us to discuss specific passenger needs.
There is a fully equipped kitchen on board and you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. Drinking water is provided. We also provide tea, coffee and sugar, but please bring your own milk if required. There are also many stop off points along the way.
There’s plenty of room on deck and passengers are welcome to take the tiller under the supervision of your skipper.
All trips start and finish at Stretford Marina. Use post code M32 0NQ. Free car parking is available. The marina is a 10 minute walk from Trafford Park railway station, and a 15 minute walk, via the canal towpath, from Stretford Metrolink station.
You can choose from the following itineraries:
Option 1: HISTORIC CASTLEFIELD
Take a trip through industrial Manchester, along the edge of Trafford Park, past Old Trafford football ground, Hotel Football and Victoria Warehouse, and under picturesque Throstle Nest Bridge, to then follow the course of the River Irwell through the former Pomona pleasure grounds. Look out for Pomona Lock, which now links the Bridgewater Canal to the Manchester Ship Canal, and see if you can spot its predecessor, Hulme Lock, further on, near to St. George’s Island.
Castlefield Basin stands at the end of the Bridgewater where it meets the Rochdale Canal at Dukes 92. It is now a conservation area with many bars, pubs and restaurants. See the modern amphitheatre of Castlefield Bowl, and explore the site of the historic Roman Fort of Mamucium, also known as Mancunium, which dates back to AD 79 and gives Manchester its name. All around the architecture is stunning with trams and trains rattling overhead along the two imposing wrought-iron viaducts.
Travel time to Castlefield is approximately one hour each way, which leaves plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely meal and see the sights.
Option 2: BOOTHSTOWN via Worsley
Head towards the Leigh Arm of the Bridgewater Canal, past the Trafford Centre and onto the famous, Barton Swing Aqueduct; the first and only swing aqueduct in the world, which spans the Manchester Ship Canal at Barton-upon-Irwell.
Nearing Duke’s Drive in Monton, look out for a lighthouse ~ one of the lesser seen sights on the canal!
As you enter idyllic Worsley village, the water turns a distinct orange colour due to traces of iron ore present in the water coming up from the Duke of Bridgewater's underground mines, the entrances to which can still be seen at Worsley Delph. The most well-known sight here is the historic Packet House, from where boats used to depart for Manchester. Look out also for the Duke's Boathouse, the Nailmaker's House, the Alphabet Bridge, and the Boatyard which houses the oldest dry dock on the canal system.
The trip to Boothstown takes approximately 2 and a half hours each each way. You can stop off for a drink or bite to eat at either Boothstown or Worsley.
With Option 2 you can make the time onboard shorter by just going as far as Worsley and having more time to explore the area there.
Option 3: DUNHAM MASSEY
Head south through Cheshire to glorious Dunham Massey. On the way look out for the Watch House Cruising Club; the oldest building in Stretford. Here we pass over Hawthorn Lane viaduct, then continue towards Sale Water Park, crossing the River Mersey below. As we go through Altrincham we pass the site of the former Linotype Works, where the Garde II registered office buildings have still been preserved. We stop at Little Bollington, from where you can take a short stroll from the canal to the deer park, passing the historic sawmill, the carriage house and perhaps catching a glimpse of the deer in the woods.
The trip to Dunham takes approximately 2 and a half hours each way. You can stop off for refreshments in Little Bollington, or ice-cream at the Hall’s Stables kiosk.
With option 3 you can make the time onboard shorter by going as far as Altrincham and stopping off at Walton Park in Sale on the way back.
We also work with local artists and practitioners to offer creative and well-being workshops onboard. We can provide bespoke packages for your group on request.
If you would like to know more or would be interested in making a booking, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on 07887 721557 or take a look at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AllAboardManchester/
We look forward to hearing from you soon.