The Top 10 Family-Friendly Things To Do In Manchester
Manchester has a lot to offer when it comes to a family city break, but it can be hard to know where to start. Whether you want to try all the free things to do in Manchester, the many museums, or simply want a lovely day out that will surprise you. Whatever you fancy, Manchester has what you need.
To help you out, we’ve done the hard work and put together the top family-friendly things to do in Manchester that you may not have even thought of.
With over 5,000 sea creatures from octopus to seahorses, SEA LIFE Manchester has plenty to learn about. Transporting you to an underwater world where children can be amazed by the interactive exhibits and adults can become fascinated by the sharks as they swim above you.
Discover the incredible lego structures, view the wonders of the 4D cinema, or build your own models at the creative workshop. Whatever you decide to do we are sure you and the children will have a fantastic time. Will you manage to complete the Kingdom Quest? Watch out for the trolls that lurk beneath and zap them to save the princess on this exciting ride.
Preserving the history of public transport, the Museum of Transport not only educates visitors but allows kids to explore the buses and trains that were once used. A tea room and shop will keep you refreshed all day long as well as an activity and colouring area for the children.
Chill Factore is home to the UK’s longest indoor ski slope, and whether you are a beginner or a pro, Chill Factore will satisfy all levels of ability. Try your hand at snowboarding, sledding, skiing, or sit back and watch the family while treating yourself to a coffee in the viewing gallery.
Take a step back in time with the East Lancashire Railway, just a short drive from Manchester city centre. Events take place throughout the year so experience the Wizard Academy, drive a diesel train, or learn about the history of the railway.
Ever wanted to take part in The Crystal Maze yourself? Well, now is your chance. Open to everybody aged 13 and over, this experience will challenge your physical and mental abilities as a team. See how many tokens you can catch in the iconic dome and enjoy this unique day out.
Indoor skydiving, need we say more? Fly like a bird in this skydive tunnel, no matter your ability or age there are highly trained staff on hand to help everybody out. If you want to watch instead of fly then sit back and relax with a cup of tea in the viewing area.
Located in Heaton Park, where visitors can see historical landmarks and rent a rowboat, there is a wonderful animal park as well as tonnes of other activities and things to do. Heaton Park Animal Centre is home to chickens, cattle, and pigs as well as a range of exotic species for you to enjoy.
For kids and adults alike, this inflatable theme park will give you hours of entertainment. From bouncy castles, inflatable climbing walls, and slides, this next generation of theme park will have you jumping for more.
Take part in a course, a lesson, or just hit the water solo, this park caters for all abilities of wakeboarding. A range of obstacles will challenge the more experienced wake borders. A unique experience to fit into your city break.
Why not have a look at our favourite Asian restaurants in Manchester for some ideas on where to eat on your city break. Or, if you are travelling with toddlers have a look here to find out what there is to keep the very little ones entertained in this city.