Lantern Tours

Book a tour – Worsley Village Lantern Tours

See the historic Worsley village in a different light with our Lantern Tours

At Christmas time, Worsley village is transformed into a fairy tale place after dark with its Christmas lights.

Join one of our guided lantern-lit walking tours to see the village that cradled the industrial revolution in the later half of the 18th century, was transformed from a smoky & smelly works yard into a ‘model village’ in the style of Port Sunlight during the early 20th century and was put firmly on the tourist map as part of a £5million investment in the Bridgewater Canal in Salford between 2015 and 2019.

As well as showing you the sights, your guides have tales & stories to tell: including an errant elephant, a lovelorn nobleman who nearly went bankrupt despite being the richest man in the country, royal visits & a postmaster who was previously one of Tennyson’s “Noble 600” in the Charge of the Light Brigade. You can practice your alphabet forwards or backwards and see where people stood to contemplate their new life on another continent or were amongst the first ever commuters to Manchester in the late 18th century.

Suitable for all ages, family groups welcome.

Bring your own torch or use one of our lanterns and dress up for the weather – including suitable shoes or boots .

This tour is also available as a private group tour and can include drinks, food etc at one or more of the excellent Worsley village pubs, cafes and restaurants. Contact the organisers with your requirements.

Saturday 10th and 17th Dec 2022 5pm

Queen Victoria and PrinceAlbert and their children

Book a tour – A Right Royal Ramble – 2023

Back by popular demand for 2023 – Ramble your way through the royal history in and around The Bridgewater Canal and Worsley

Join Green Badge Guide Royston Futter and, in your imagination, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, The Duke of Wellington and various other Royals and Luminaries who visited Worsley New Hall and the Bridgewater Canal in their heyday.

The circular guided tour, taking in the magnificent gates shown at the 1851 Great Exhibition, St Marks Churchyard, Worsley Delph and The Bridgewater Canal starts and ends in the carpark of RHS Bridgewater so you can visit the garden and have refreshments before or after the walk.

Start 2pm – tour will last approx 2 ½ hrs (Distance around 4.5miles – generally flat but moderate uphill walk back towards the gardens.)

Tour Dates:

Sunday 14th May, 9th July, 3rd September & 22nd October 2023

Adults £13 plus booking fee

For children under 12 use promo code CHILD – price £6 plus fee.

Booking essential

Book a tour – Coal, Canal and Cake – 2023

2nd Saturday of each month – 2pm 14:00 – 16:30 approx.

Join us for a tour exploring the history of the Bridgewater Canal in Salford and the hidden clues of its link to the coal deep in seams underground. 

Worsley Village was once the hub of a thriving industry built upon the coal belonging to the Duke of Bridgewater in the 18th Century.  

His life’s work centred around how to make the transport of coal from his land to the growing city of Manchester possible and most importantly profitable!

We follow the path of history and heritage from the Duke and his canal to his descendant the Earl of Ellesmere and his own personal project, St Mark’s Church. A grade 1 listed building designed by the eminent architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. 

We finish the walk with included cake and refreshments to digest the incredible changes to industrial Britain, which can in part be credited to the ingenuity of the Duke, his workers and those that followed in his footsteps. 

Please note visits to St Mark’s Church may be limited on certain dates according to the church events schedule.

Booking Essential – please message us with any dietary requirements