Cathedrals and Churches of the North West

3 nights starting from

  • Based at the excellent Cotton’s Hotel

  • Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral – an Art Deco masterpiece 

  • 16th century Chester Cathedral

  • Pendlebury St Augustine Monastery

This cathedral and church tour (the 11th cathedral tour to be designed and led  by architectural expert, Mike Hope) takes us to the North West, whose ecclesiastical heritage reflects its place in our industrial history, mostly dating from the Victorian period onwards. From cathedrals in Liverpool, Manchester, Salford and Chester, lovely churches and a working monastery, this is a tour full of interest and variety.

Available Departures


20 - September - 2020 £ 579.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings


Day 1:  Arrive independently at Cottons Hotel, Knutsford from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and talk from Mike Hope - ‘The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Competition'.

Day 2: Chester and Nantwich.
A full day of visits takes us first to Chester’s magnificent cathedral, which, unusually for this tour, dates back to the 16th century since when it has been the seat of the Bishop of Chester. Then we head to Nantwich and visit St Mary’s Church. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3:  Blackburn, Salford, Pendlebury and Manchester.
Another packed day in store as we head first to Blackburn Cathedral, then to the Roman Catholic cathedral at Salford, the working monastery at Pendlebury St Augustine and to Manchester to see its cathedral. Dinner at the hotel and a second talk from Mike Hope – ‘The Gothic Revival 1837-1914.’

Day 4:  Liverpool
Lastly, a full day in Liverpool whose ecclesiastical architecture reflects its multi-cultural heritage. The Anglican Cathedral is a classical, austere piece of architecture in stark contrast to the masterpiece of Art Deco that is the Roman Catholic Cathedral. A full day here also allows time to see the churches of St Agnes at Sefton Park and St John, Tuebrook. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note: Post Tour Extra nights are available at a supplement

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers. 


  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Cottons Hotel, Knutsford, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception 
  • First night three-course dinner with wine
  • Second and third night dinner in the hotel restaurant 
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Tour manager and coach transfers throughout 


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Holiday insurance
  • Double for sole use supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities


Cottons Hotel, Knutsford

Four-star spa hotel, with great facilities, owned by Thwaites Brewery and perfectly located to reach the places visited on this itinerary. Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities including free wifi.

Parking: complimentary

Hotel Website


Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 

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