So much to see and do…
The Bridgewater Canal flows by lots of popular attractions making it the perfect route to a fantastic day out.
There are a number of well-known tourist attractions to be found along the Bridgewater Canal. Travelling along the canal is the perfect opportunity to visit these attractions as part of great day out.
Astley Green Colliery Museum
Astley Green Colliery Museum features a steam winding engine and headgear as well as a collection of 28 colliery locomotives, the largest collection of its type in the UK.
Address: Higher Green Lane, Astley Green, Tyldesley, Manchester M29 7JB
Worsley Delph is very important to the history of the Bridgewater Canal. This is the entrance to the underground canal in the Duke of Bridgewater’s mines where coal was brought out of and from here travelled along the Canal to the local towns and cities.
Address: The Delph, Worsley M28 2GD
This moveable aqueduct carries the Bridgewater Canal along the Manchester Ship Canal. It is moveable to allow large vessels to use the Ship Canal. The Aqueduct is a Grade II listed building and is considered a significant feat of Victorian civil engineering.
Address: Barton Road, Salford
The Trafford Centre
The Trafford Centre is the North West’s premier shopping and leisure destination with an array of tempting stores, restaurants, cafes and bars as well as a 20-screen cinema
Address: The Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8AA
RHS Garden Bridgewater
RHS Garden Bridgewater is one of Peel L&P’s most significant legacy projects which secures the future of the Duke of Bridgewater’s historic estate.
The garden can be accessed directly from the towpath in Worsley. Here’s a useful link for cyclists and walkers looking to access RHS Garden Bridgewater: Walking and Cycling Links to RHS Garden Bridgewater • Salford City Council
The 154-acre site in the grounds of Worsley New Hall, which opened in May 2021, is the fifth RHS garden. The project has been enabled by Peel L&P as the Bridgewater Estate landowners and Salford City Council.
RHS Garden Bridgewater is part of the RHS’ wider 10-year £100+ million investment programme to make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. For more information, please visit: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/bridgewater
Museum of Science & Industry
From the world’s first industrial city to 24-hour party capital, MOSI takes you on a journey through Manchester’s heritage with sights, sounds and even smells! You can see what it was like to work in a cotton mill during one of our textile demonstrations, see one of the world’s largest collections of working steam mill engines or even venture into a Victorian sewer…
Address: Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
Walton Park in Sale, Trafford is a 12.5 acres park with beautiful flowerbeds, shrubs, mature trees and also features bowling greens and a pavilion, tennis courts, a football pitch, play areas and a miniature railway.
Address: Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
Dunham Massey is part of the National Trust and feature the Dunham Massey Hall which is set in a magnificent deer park. Dunham Massey also features beautiful gardens, including Britain’s largest winter garden and a striking rose garden.
Address: Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
Walton Hall & Gardens
Walton Hall and Gardens welcomes you to the former home of Lord and Lady Daresbury and Warrington’s premier destination. Set within acres of tranquil and idyllic parkland, steeped in local history, this has been a popular destination for nearly three generations.
Whether it’s a family day out, a corporate conference or the wedding of your dreams, the Walton Hall team are happy to help!
Address: Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 6SN
Photo credit: Andy Gilbert
Norton Priory Museum and Gardens
Norton Priory Museum and Gardens in Runcorn is a wonderful day out for all the family. Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe and the museum tells its story from its founding in 1134 to its closure and then later history as a manor house and estate. The stunning 18th Century Wall Garden features an abundance of wildlife enjoying the wonderful rock garden, herb garden, vegetable gardens and an orchard and the lovely Rose Walk.
Address: Tudor Road, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SX
The Brindley is the main centre for arts and entertainment in Runcorn. There is a gallery space and craft displays at The Brindley as well as a large theatre, a studio, a dark room and a digital imaging room. The café overlooks the Bridgewater Canal.
Address: High Street, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1BG
TraffordCity Manchester is a vibrant city within a city, a unique destination where you can be whatever you want to be….whether you love to play, shop, eat or be entertained – TraffordCity is the place you can indulge your passion.
Whether your visit is for a family day out, fun with friends or colleagues, a weekend away, for business or just some ‘me’ time doing something you love, TraffordCity has got it covered. Find out more: TraffordCity
Trafford Palazzo is the place for everyday adventurers. The shopping mall that’s everything you never expected. Where your senses never stop feasting. And where you’ll see and do things that you won’t find anywhere else. Where will your adventures take you?
With direct access to the centre from the Bridgewater Canal, Trafford Palazzo is home to exciting leisure and high-street brands including Primark, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, SEA LIFE, Silentnight, Homesense, Natuzzi and Next Home. Find out more: Trafford Palazzo
The UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort, Therme Manchester will be an immersive experience that benefits the physical and mental wellbeing of all those who visit. Find out more: www.thermemanchester.co.uk
A £60m surfing lagoon is coming to TraffordCity! It is hoped surfers will be riding the waves at the venue near the Trafford Centre by 2023.
The site, off Barton Dock Road, will also have a cafe, pop-up beach bars, surf shop, bouldering space and fitness zone. Find out more: www.traffordcity.co.uk/modernsurf
Sale Waterside Arts Centre
Waterside is a thriving and vibrant arts venue in the heart of Sale in Trafford, Greater Manchester. Comprising a theatre, art galleries, studios and workspaces, Waterside is an important regional hub for both performance and visual art.
1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF
The Stubborn Mule Brewery
Come and visit one of Manchester’s few real neighbourhood breweries.
Based just off the Bridgewater Canal in one of Altrincham’s residential neighbourhoods, Timperley, Stubborn Mule Brewery can be easily accessed via the Canal if you’re on foot, bike or boat (dogs are welcome). The brewery is also easily accessible via Metrolink (5 mins walk from Timperley or Navigation Road) or bus (263 from Manchester to Altrincham).
Stubborn Mule’s new home at Unit 1 Skelton Road opened at the end of 2022 (after a move from just down the road) and features a fresh brewing area and a newly refurbished taproom & shop.
The taproom bar and seating allow the brewery to showcase its core range of beers and new releases. The brewery team also hold regular tasting events and tap days onsite. An independent and family run microbrewery, Ed, Jason and the team love welcoming people to show what they get up to.
The brewery produces handcrafted, modern beers, all of which are cask, keg and can conditioned. The beers are all unfiltered, unpasteurised and in the main vegan friendly.
A regular in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide the brewery uses a very traditional and in some places manual process but their outlook is that of a professional modern brewery. Their weekend tap days typically include street food onsite but do feel free to contact the guys at Stubborn Mule to confirm opening times and takeaway availability. Opening times are also published via their social
media and website.