Compare rural English life in Isle of Wight with its beautiful, picturesque scenery with that of a bustling, cosmopolitan, world-leading city like Manchester. Homestays in both cities will allow you to form friendships with your host clubs while taking in sites of historical significance.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Isle of Wight and Manchester.

Live With a Local

  • Many occasions to share meals with our club members and share events in the programme.
  • You will be able to compare English life on an island with its rural setting and picturesque scenery with that of a bustling, cosmopolitan, world-leading city like Manchester.

Sightseeing Highlights

The Isle of Wight is especially famous for:
  • Osborne House, the country home of Queen Victoria which has been the setting of many recent films
  • Carisbrooke Castle, with Norman and Elizabethan features has a rich history and is also among the top historic venues belonging to English Heritage
  • Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard home of the "Mary Rose", flagship of Henry VIII, and the "Victory", Nelson's flagship preserved to explore
  • Roman villas
  • Rocket testing sitesDuring your time in Manchester you will have the opportunity to visit famous historic places such as:
  • Manchester Central Library
  • John Rylands Library
  • Chethams Library
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • The Royal Exchange
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • The People’s History Museum
  • Castlefield Roman Fort remains
  • Salford Quays
  • Imperial War Museum North
  • Ordsall Hall
  • Peel Park
  • Lark Hill Place
  • Worsley Village
  • Barton Swing Aqueduct
  • Quarry bank Mill
  • Day trip to the Historic City of Chester, funded as a "Castrum" or fort by the Romans, one of the best-preserved wall cities in England
The club members were very kind to us, we had a great time! - Previous ambassador

Glimpses of English History

15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:

June 3, 2020 – June 17, 2020
Coordinator: David Burns
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All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

June 3, 2020

Ambassadors collected by hosts from the relevant ferry terminal

Meal with hosts

June 4, 2020

Welcome breakfast

Osborne House and grounds

The country retreat of Queen Victoria which has been the location for many historical films

June 5, 2020

Carisbrooke Castle and the Castle Museum with a talk given by a curator, followed by time to explore the castle at your own pace

June 6, 2020

A day with an eminent archaeologist, exploring the relationship between archaeology and history

A tour around a site of special interest

June 7, 2020

Morning free for chosen worship or individual activity

Time to follow personal interests

Possibly open topped bus trip round West Wight to see the Needles, rocket testing site, Alum Bay or the old town of Yarmouth

Buffet with music and dance at this evening’s party

June 8, 2020

Catamaran across the Solent to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Visit to the Mary Rose and exhibition

Henry VIII’s flagship was raised from the bed of the Solent and preserved, along with priceless artifacts

Also a tour round the Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship, on which he was killed during the battle of Trafalgar

June 9, 2020

A guided tour around Brading Roman Villa

Farewell dinner

June 10, 2020

Transit journey from the Isle of Wight to Manchester

Main party arrive Manchester

Meal with hosts

June 11, 2020

People’s History Museum

Museum Of Science and Industry

Castlefield – Roman fort remains

Welcome party – Afternoon tea in Altrincham Town Hall

Meal with hosts

June 12, 2020

Walking tour of Manchester centre

Guided tour of Chetham’s 300 year-old library – where Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels met to write the communist manifesto

Meal with hosts

June 13, 2020

Bus tour of local sights:

Salford Quays (Manchester Docks)

Imperial War Museum

Ordsall Hall, a 750-year-old manor house

Lark Hill Place (Victorian street museum & Peel Park)

Barton swing aqueduct

Worsley Village

Old Hall


Bridgewater canal

Ambassadors invite hosts for meal

June 14, 2020

Free day

Meal with hosts

June 15, 2020

Day trip to historic Chester – walled city established as “Deva” by the Romans

Cathedral, walk on the walls, walk the unique “Chester Rows”, boat trip on the river Dee, hear news from the town crier

Meal with hosts

June 16, 2020

Visit to Quarry Bank Mill & Gardens

Textile mill museum built 1784

Guided tour – mill, apprentice house, the Greg family residence

Farewell party

June 17, 2020

Ambassadors depart


$935 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, homestays with members of the club or friends, breakfasts and evening meals with some lunches, admission fees to museums and sites, English-speaking guides, all travel on the Island, and transfer from the Isle of Wight to Manchester in spacious minibus.


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 20136.
  • The activity level rating is in between moderate and active: good mobility is essential to enable all ambassadors to benefit fully from their visit.
  • The visits we make to places of special interest, perhaps around large gardens or historic sites could involve narrow or steep paths, stone staircases with handrails, and buildings without a lift.
  • Some members of the clubs live in small houses or cottages where stairs are narrow and steep. Bedrooms and bathrooms/toilets may be located upstairs from the main living area and therefore all ambassadors must be physically able to cope with these conditions. Ambassadors must also be able to carry their own luggage, including upstairs.
  • England is noted for fickle weather but June is usually warm and sunny with temperatures in the 20s. But be prepared with a light waterproof and extra layers. Sensible, covered, comfortable shoes are recommended to access the sites to be visited.
  • In your journey plan to the Isle of Wight you need to include transport from the airport to a ferry port from which to cross to the Island. Tickets can be purchased at the ferry terminals for less than 20 USD. We will provide you with all the necessary information closer to the date.
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