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City Centre Cruises are a family business, operating in Manchester for over 30 years

Our family business has been operating cruising canal passenger, restaurant and party boats and barges in Manchester for over thirty years.


We have two luxury purpose-built barges - EMMELINE PANKHURST and L.S.LOWRY named after famous local people who were born, lived and worked in Manchester and Salford, the very areas we operate in.


The boats can provide the perfect, exclusive and unique venue for your event or special occasion. Whether it be a birthday, anniversary, hen party, reunion, away-day, coach tour or corporate event, our well-equipped boats provide exclusivity whilst sailing along the canals and rivers of Manchester, Salford and Trafford.


Our main and most popular cruise is a 3-hour circular voyage which starts in Castlefield, in the heart of Roman Manchester. We begin by sailing along the Bridgewater Canal to Pomona Lock which gives us access onto the Manchester Ship Canal, River Irwell and the famous Salford Quays. Some of the many sights to be seen include The Imperial War Museum-North, The Lowry, Manchester United Stadium and Media City UK. 


As the one and only canal boat company in Manchester that travels through Pomona Lock, we can provide an exclusive canal and river journey for you, your family, your friends and colleagues or your customers or your are all our special guests!

We can tailor your event to provide you with a special and unique experience whilst cruising on the waterways of Manchester and Salford Quays.


Each of our boats holds up to 50 passengers for lunch or dinner. With a fully licensed bar, galley and central heating on each boat and food freshly prepared aboard by our full-time chefs, we can cater for just about any occasion at any time of the year.









Private Hire Cruises

These cruises are available throughout the whole year

A deposit is required to secure a date and time

Scheduled Cruises

For individuals, couples, or small groups we offer a Sunday Lunch cruise.

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