NEW: Highlights of the Northwest
Liverpool * Manchester * Peaky Blinders * BBC Media City
Sunday 23rd - Thursday 27th June 2019
5 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £24pp
Single supplement: £69
Whether or not you are a fan of the powerful television drama “Peaky Blinders”, this new tour is full of interesting and unusual visits. We will be touring Manchester and Liverpool with an expert guide, visiting Port Sunlight and Arley Hall, and going behind the scenes at BBC Media City.
Your Holiday Hotel
You will stay for four nights, with dinner, bed and breakfast, at the Best Western Cresta Court Hotel near Altrincham, which has a lift to all floors. This contemporary three-star hotel has recently refurbished bedrooms with tea & coffee making, hairdryer, toiletries and complimentary high-speed internet.
(DAY 1) Sunday 23rd June
Taxi pick up from your home to the coach. We travel to the West Midlands to visit The Black Country Living Museum. This award-winning open-air attraction tells the story of the world’s first industrial landscape with buildings, vehicles, a fairground and an underground mine. Unbelievable as it seems, an entire Black Country village has been created, brick-by-original-brick. You will be able to take a ride on one of the heritage vehicles to explore the canalside village where you can meet and chat with costumed characters. There is even a 1930s fish and chip shop, and a traditional spit and sawdust pub ! We then continue to Greater Manchester to our hotel.
(DAY 2) Monday 24th June
Today we enjoy a guided coach tour of Liverpool, with Julie, an accredited Blue Badge Guide and expert in all things Peaky Blinders. We will see some of the sites where the series is filmed, including ‘Garrison Lane’ where the Shelbys grew up and which housed the furnaces and pub. We include a ‘medicinal’ tipple at the Peaky Blinders bar in Cains Brewery Village with its 1920s theme including Victorian fixtures and giant copper vats. Also on today’s route will be a visit to Port Sunlight on the Wirral. The peaceful Merseyside Village was founded by a Victorian entrepreneur to house his factory workers. There are Arts and Crafts cottages, a Museum, and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.
(DAY 3) Tuesday 25th June
Manchester was the first industrial city in the world, and today our guide will take us on a fascinating tour including the Town Hall, Northern Quarter and Victoria Baths. This afternoon we visit Arley Hall and Gardens. Arley is one of the most interesting and attractive homes in the northwest, and home to Viscount Ashbrook and his family. The House has a warm and intimate atmosphere, while the Gardens are outstanding, with variety and colourful herbaceous borders. As well as featuring in Peaky Blinders, Arley Hall has hosted weddings and funerals from Coronation Street and episodes of The Antiques Roadshow.
(DAY 4) Wednesday 26th June
We return to Manchester to visit Media City, the new home of the BBC in the North of England. A guided tour will enable you to take a peak behind the scenes and walk in the footsteps of some of your favourite celebrities. Media City is home to a whole host of BBC programmes, including Match of the Day, Blue Peter, A Question of Sport, Mastermind and BBC Breakfast, as well as the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The friendly tour guide will entertain and surprise you, providing a fascinating insight into how TV and Radio work. A short stroll from Media City are the Salford Quays shopping centre, the Lowry and the Imperial War Museum North.
(DAY 5) Thursday 27th June
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we leave for home. Travelling though the Midlands and Home Counties we will meet the taxis during the late afternoon.