The Lowry (< 1 mile)
- is a spectacular waterside building housing theatres, galleries, restaurant, cafe/bars, gift shop and Tourist Information Centre. Visitors can enjoy guided tours, the Meet Mr Lowry film, work by BritainÂs most popular artist alongside contemporary art plus a wealth of fabulous theatre...
IWM North (< 1 mile)
Part of the Imperial War Museum, IWM North brings to life stories of how war has shaped lives over the past century. A varied programme of events, activities and hands-on interactive displays makes the subject matter accessible to all ages.
Museum of Science and Industry (2 miles)
Museum of Science and Industry
The whole family has fun at MOSI in Manchester. Situated in five large buildings packed with exciting galleries, exhibitions and daily events, there is something for everyone to experience and enjoy.
The Peoples History Museum (2 miles)
The Peoples History Museum
This social history museum chronicles the lives of Manchester's working people during the past one hundred years. They have specifically family friendly exhibits which change monthly, but otherwise definitely an educational visit, so check our local listings and follow up with something fun to...
Manchester Art Gallery (2 miles)
Manchester Art Gallery
Art Gallery with lots on offer for families, including the interactive Clore Art Studio, free family friendly resources and facilities and a popular cafe which offers childrens meals.
National Football Museum (2 miles)
National Football Museum
Experience the world's greatest sport at the National Football Museum. Whether you’re planning a casual stop with your family or a young fan's special treat, they want you to enjoy your visit to the world's biggest and best football museum.
Chinese Arts Centre (2 miles)
Chinese Arts Centre
Chinese Arts Centre is the international agency for the development and promotion of contemporary Chinese artists.Our work covers many areas including exhibitions.
The Manchester Museum (2 miles)
The Manchester Museum
Come face-to-face with live frogs and snakes, meet Stan the T.rex or see a helmet made from the skull of a porcupine fish. Draw, play and relax, get up close to objects, follow trails or borrow a backpack full of gallery activities. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for...
Greater Manchester Police Museum (3 miles)
Greater Manchester Police Museum
Imagine stepping back in time to a Victorian Manchester, a hidden city of gas lamps and narrow alleys, of slums and unruly alehouses: someone had to uphold the law! History is brought back to life at the Police Museum.
Museum of Transport (3 miles)
Museum of Transport
100 years of public transport history from a horse bus of 1890 to the prototype Metrolink tram of 1990.
Hat Works (7 miles)
The only museum in the UK dedicated solely to the hatting industry, hats and headwear! An award winning interactive Visitor Attraction housed in a restored Grade ll listed ex hat factory. Fun and educational.
Vernon Park Museum (7 miles)
Vernon Park Museum
Local history museum with varying events programme throughout the year, such as Clay Face making, Kite Building and Brass Band days.
Portland Basin Museum (8 miles)
Portland Basin Museum
Housed within the restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse this family friendly museum combines a lively modern interior with a peaceful canal side setting.
The Fusilier Museum (8 miles)
The Fusilier Museum
Home to the collection of the XX Lancashire and Royal Regiment Fusiliers, commemorating in total over 300 years of history and heritage.
Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive (9 miles)
Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive
If you're looking for a free fun family outing, this is the place for you. There's a special children's activity corner, and an exciting programme of family friendly events all year round, as well as plenty of themed activities during the holidays.
Bolton Steam Museum (10 miles)
Bolton Steam Museum
is a great place for young chidlren of all ages (3 to 93!) Our volunteers have rescued and restored 27 old stationary steam engines, some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the north of England.
Warrington Museum and Art Gallery (14 miles)
Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
Museum and Art Gallery with plenty for kids to do and see including a dinosaur, Time Tunnel for hands-on history, changing exhibitions, kids Crafternoons and, during 2013, the Childrens Museum exhibition where kids can see how life as a child has changed.
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum (15 miles)
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
Discover how raw wool and cotton were traditionally transformed into cloth, learn Lancashire's part in the Industrial Revolution, and see the giant waterwheel work!
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (16 miles)
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Our Discovery centre allows families to come and discover the wonders of the Universe and learn about the workings of Jodrell Bank. With an outside play area to let off steam in.
Norton Priory Museum and Gardens (18 miles)
Norton Priory Museum and Gardens
A safe and friendly place to explore history and get close to nature! Explore and enjoy as a family - it's a museum, a garden, woodland, a nature haven, an art adventure and a peek into the past all rolled into one!
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre (21 miles)
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Where science and technology come alive through a host of interactive exhibits and hands-on displays. Our award winning centre has three galleries to explore including the glass walled rooftop Observatory reached by the scenic glass lift. Science has never been so much fun!
Towneley Hall Museum (21 miles)
Towneley Hall Museum
A range of indoor artistic exhibitions set within a large park which also offers play areas, golf courses and sculpture trails. Take a picnic!
Colne Valley Museum (21 miles)
Colne Valley Museum
Visit the Loom Chamber, Spinning and Cropping rooms to delve into textile history, plus a Children's Corner is tucked away in the Exhibition Room of the museum, with a variety of activities and traditional toys to occupy younger children.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (21 miles)
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Discover the geology, archaeology and history of the Peak District through seven time zones, experience the Wonders of the Peak Time Tunnel and step into a Victorian scientists study in the Buxton Museum.
Congleton Museum (21 miles)
Museum telling the story of Congleton and its locality through interactive exhibitions, touch-screens and talking heads.
Tolson Museum and Ravensknowle Park (25 miles)
Harris Museum & Art Gallery (26 miles)
Harris Museum & Art Gallery
We’re a family-friendly museum and art gallery in the heart of Preston city centre. Visit our museum because we know how to make history and art fun! We’ve got a programme of regular hands-on workshops for families as well as permanent activities whatever time of day you arrive.
Liverpool Football Club Museum and Tour (28 miles)
Liverpool Football Club Museum and Tour
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart!! Every football fan would love to walk out the tunnel, sit in the dugout, visit the changing rooms: and they can! With a fantastic museum going through this great clubs history this is a must for any sports fan.
National Waterways Museum (28 miles)
National Waterways Museum
in Ellesmere Port brings Britain's canal history back to life. Come and explore the exhibitions in the historic dock complex and experience life aboard our collection of canal and river craft.
Clitheroe Castle Museum (28 miles)
Clitheroe Castle Museum
New look galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of local history, heritage and geology. Features for younger children.
Victoria Gallery and Museum (28 miles)
Victoria Gallery and Museum
Opened to the public in 2008, the VG&M is housed in the University of LiverpoolâÂÂs famous âÂÂredbrickâÂÂ building. It contains a gallery, museum and cafe, all housed in stunning Victorian architecture.
Bronte Parsonage Museum (29 miles)
Bronte Parsonage Museum
Museum in a homely Georgian house in which the Bronte sisters lived. The rooms are filled with their furniture, clothes and personal possessions with plenty to see. Combine this with a visit to Haworth with its beautiful cobbled streets, independent shops, play park in the valley and the Worth...
Walker Art Gallery (29 miles)
Walker Art Gallery
Big Art for Little Artists was developed for local families and groups of young children to enjoy. It introduces children to the Walker Art Gallery. It is a very special place where children can learn and have lots of fun!
World Museum Liverpool (29 miles)
World Museum Liverpool
Combines historic treasures from across the globe with the latest interactive technology to make an unbeatable family day out. Our collections include archaeology, ethnology and physical sciences as well as Britainâs only free Planetarium. With everything from live bugs to Egyptian...
Liverpool War Museum (29 miles)
Liverpool War Museum
Housed beneath the streets of Liverpool, this museum was the nerve centre in the battle of the atlantic during WWII. Fascinating stuff.
Beatles Story (29 miles)
- will transport you on an enlightening and atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles. See how 4 young lads from Liverpool were propelled into worldwide fame to become the greatest band of all time. Hear the story unfold through the "Living History" audio guide...
International Slavery Museum (29 miles)
International Slavery Museum
A serious educational visit the kids won't forget. It is the only museum of its kind to look at aspects of historical and contemporary slavery as well as being an international hub for resources on human rights issues.
Merseyside Maritime Museum (29 miles)
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Highlights of the collections include ship models, maritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels. Plus a fun maritime-themed play area for early years visitors!
Underwater Street (29 miles)
A hands-on discovery centre offering imaginative play, science shows, art and craft workshops and themed activities to keep the whole family entertained for hours.
Museum of Liverpool (29 miles)
Museum of Liverpool
Little Liverpool is a fantastic high tech hands-on gallery specially for visitors under the age of six. Look out for Winnie the spider in the other galleries to find lots of things to do specially for the very young as the big ones enjoy the captivating displays.
Tate Liverpool (29 miles)
Contemporary gallery with genuinely family friendly ethos: they encourage the kids to chat about what they're seeing, pull poses from the artwork and mill about freely.
Cannon Hall Museum (30 miles)
Cannon Hall Museum
Country house museum set in 70 acres of historic parkland. Kids will love the childrens room with costumes, puzzles and hands-on learning plus the war zone with sights and sounds of war through the ages helping history come to life.
National Coal Mining Museum (30 miles)
National Coal Mining Museum
Experience genuine sights, sounds and smells of a working coal mine with a selection of tours including a family interactive one. Plus play area and nature trail.
Dewsbury Museum and Crow Nest Park (30 miles)
Spaceport (30 miles)
Blast off on a virtual journey through space and time! Become a virtual astronaut in the incredible 360 degree, fully immersive Space Dome show where their latest production, ASTRONAUT, will take you from Earth to space..... and beyond!
Port Sunlight Museum (30 miles)
Port Sunlight Museum
Lies at the heart of this garden village and is an ideal place to start your visit. Experience what it was like to live and work here during the Edwardian and Victorian periods and even encounter characters from the village's past!
National Media Museum (31 miles)
National Media Museum
An exciting centre in the heart of the north devoted to film, photography, television, radio and the web. Imax theatre also on site.
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery (31 miles)
Stoke on Trent
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Travel back in time and discover the history of the Potteries and of Staffordshire. See the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, the world's finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics and our very own WW2 Spitfire, plus our changing exhibition programme. you can also enjoy a light...
Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery (32 miles)
Newcastle Under Lyme
Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery
Very family friendly museum inside the smashing Brampton Park. Highlights include their Victorian Street scene, the 1930s house and the toys gallery!
Bagshaw Museum and Wilton Park (32 miles)
Bagshaw Museum and Wilton Park
Museum set in 36 acres of parkland and woodland with lots of play equipment for the kids outside and lots to see inside too.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Museums and Galleries near Salford Quays with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Greater Manchester can enjoy the great day out as well.
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