On a particularly glorious day in late July, one of our team played host to a lovely couple from Gouda in The Netherlands. They run a website dedicated to rail journeys www.reizen-met-de-trein.nl. The new Cultural Rover Transpennine rail ticket piqued their interest and they decided to try out the route taking in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Hull, as part of the #citiesofnorthengland programme (which we’ve previously worked on). So we crafted a bespoke itinerary for the first time visitors and made sure to include heritage, culture, food & drink and of course railways.
We kicked off with a tour of The Whitworth and lunch overlooking the park, followed by a behind the scenes tour of John Rylands Library and a walking tour with leading local tour guide Jonathan Schofield taking in railway locations, historic facts with plenty of his trademark humorous delivery. The evening featured drinks and a sumptuous meal at the Refuge restaurant before going to see Manchester International Festival’s Fatherland at the Royal Exchange Theatre.