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Over the Pennines to Manchester


Saturday 7 December 2019

Manchester plays host to one of the biggest and best Sehenswurdigkeiten outside Germany, with more than three hundred wooden chalets spread across ten different locations throughout the city.

Originally introduced to the city in 1999, the city’s Christmas markets have grown bigger and better each year, attracting Europe’s finest street food vendors and crafters. It’s a great place to buy yuletide gifts, such as fine jewellery, handcrafted leather bags and artisan soaps. Your taste buds will also be tantalised with so many wide-ranging food options on offer, including things like German bratwurst, hog roast, Spanish paella and Dutch pancakes.

Unlike most other Christmas markets which are all on one site, this one is actually spread over several, each just a few hundred yards apart and each with its own special theme. The main hub is Albert Square European Market, an entire Alpine village! It’s also home to the all-important German beer tents.

Nearby you’ll find the more peaceful World Christmas Market and the Christmas Arts and Crafts Market, awash with ideas for special gifts.

Our train takes an attractive route through Rutland, Leicestershire and Derbyshire, crossing the Pennines via the Hope Valley Line, through glorious Edale and the Peak District National Park. We arrive at Manchester Piccadilly for a stay of some four hours and from here it is a twelve minute walk to the first of the markets. If Christmas markets are not for you, just jump on a Metrolink tram and explore, maybe experiencing the dramatic Media City, Salford Quays or visiting the Lowry Arts Centre.

THE MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION

This just happens to be the date of an exceptional model railway show, run by the Manchester Model Railway Club, said to be the third oldest model railway club in the world. The venue is the Barnes Wallis Building, part of the university complex, and is located only a three minute walk from Piccadilly station. There will be an impressive array of layouts in all manner of scales and gauges, plus various trade stands and demonstrations. We can add admission to the tour fare, offering a saving in both time and money. 

 

First Class Dining includes the Great British Breakfast and a four course Christmas dinner.

Class PriceAvailability
Standard Adult£79.50Good
Standard Junior£69.50Good
First Dining£185.00Good
First Dining Party of Four£720.00Good
Model Railway Entry£8.00Good

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

StationDepartArrive
London King's Cross08.1521.50
Potters Bar (for M25)08.3521.30
Stevenage08.5021.15
Peterborough09.3520.30

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