The Manchester Water Taxi or Waxi started life late in 2016 and is a great addition to the long list of things to do in Manchester and Salford. Waxi runs two routes; one along the Manchester Ship Canal from Media City to Spinningfields and the other on the Bridgewater Canal from Castlefield to the Trafford Centre and on to Sale. Both can be used for commuter journeys or just for fun. For commuters this is a traffic-free route through Manchester and Salford that must be a relaxing start to the day. As a retired person I don’t need a commute route but Waxi made a great birthday treat.
We took the Waxi from Salford Quays to Spinningfields on the edge of Manchester city centre and I loved seeing all those familiar places from a new angle. You are low on the water in this little boat and can look the Canada geese and swans in the eye as you pass. Travelling under, rather than over, the bridges gives a whole new perspective on the city. I was thrilled to get a close up view of Gnome Island and see the new Ordsall Chord railway bridge from the water.
The Waxi drivers [pilots or captains?] are friendly and helpful and will point out places of interest to visitors to the city and hand out rugs if you are feeling the cold. If you haven’t been on your own mini-Waxi cruise then get it booked and enjoy the cities of Manchester and Salford in a new way.