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Historical and Educational Attractions near to Manchester
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Manchester United Museum and Tour (3 miles)
Old Trafford
Manchester United Museum and Tour Come and see for yourself why more than 200,000 people, every year, visit the Museum of this once great team.
Staircase House (6 miles)
Stockport
Staircase House Explore domestic history throughout the house, peel back the bedclothes of the four poster bed, sit at the 18th Century dining table, and try your hand at quill pen writing!
The Runway Visitor Park (9 miles)
Altrincham
The Runway Visitor Park Take a front row seat to watch the planes take-off, enjoy a plane tour, take home a souvenir and round the day off with a guided tour of BA's flagship Concorde.
Tatton Park (12 miles)
Knutsford
Tatton Park - is an impressive historic estate with 1000 acre deerpark also featuring a Mansion, Gardens, Farm and Old Hall. Plus an adventure playground, a playtrail and den-building area, a maze, and this year The Magic of Beatrix Potter event with activities, quizzes, special events and Beatrix Potter characters to...
Hoghton Tower (22 miles)
Preston
Hoghton Tower is a castle. Join a tour around the house and learn about the Knighting of the Loin and other tales including ghostly ones! There are dungeons, a witch’s kitchen, a dolls house collection, walled gardens with turrets and ramparts. Perfect for knights and princesses.
Speke Hall (28 miles)
Liverpool
Speke Hall Get lost in the new maze, go wild in the woods or conquer the climbing frames in the adventure playground! Visit the Victorians or Talk with the Tudors, free tours take place daily. Discover the history of the families who lived here before taking a break in the new Stable Tea Room.
Red House (29 miles)
Cleckheaton
Red House Historic house offering a peek in to the 19th century middle-class life of a family plus an interactive visitors centre offering an insight into 20th century life in the area. A small play park is next to the House.
Everton Stadium Tour (30 miles)
Liverpool
Everton Stadium Tour Have you ever wondered just what goes on behind the scenes at Goodison Park? Now's your chance! Over an hour's exclusive tour of all things Everton.
Beeston Castle (31 miles)
Tarporley
Beeston Castle Beeston Castle in Tarporley, Cheshire is also known as the the formidable ‘Castle of the Rock’. Climb to the top of this impressive crag with incredible views over eight counties, from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains.
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet (32 miles)
Sheffield
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works. Complete the activity trail to catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century. Also close by is Abbeydale Miniature Railway.
Emma Bridgewater Factory (33 miles)
Stoke On Trent
Emma Bridgewater Factory Join us in the historic Potteries: take a tour of our atmospheric Victorian factory, see our beautiful wares being made, then try your hand at decorating your own pot in our studio. Relax in the cafe, wander in the walled garden, then shop for factory seconds or delightful gifts.
Sandal Castle (33 miles)
Wakefield
Sandal Castle Explore the The castle has been extensively excavated and finds can be seen in the Visitor Centre and at nearby Wakefield Museum. Visitors can climb to the top of the motte where they are treated to superb views of the Calder Valley.
Chester Cathedral (34 miles)
Chester
Chester Cathedral A cathedral with a fascinating and rich heritage that has welcomed visitors for almost a 1000 years! Beautiful windows, artwork and mosaics to see. Free to visit but a charge for the guided tour.
Dewa Roman Experience (34 miles)
Chester
Dewa Roman Experience Step aboard a Roman Galley and sail back in time to revisit the streets of Roman Chester. Explore 3 metre deep archaeological excavations and handle 'dig' discoveries in the 'Finds' room.
Elsecar Heritage Centre (34 miles)
Barnsley
Elsecar Heritage Centre Heritage centre with a range of craft workshops, tea-rooms, special events for children, school holiday activities, Playmania indoor activity and party zone centre, Steam Railway, Collection of old fire engines and Elsecar Park as well!
Sheffield Manor Lodge (34 miles)
Sheffield
Sheffield Manor Lodge Discover over 600 years of history by exploring the Tudor ruins located in the once Great Sheffield Deer Park, see the animals on our working farm and find out what life was like on the eve of the Sheffield Blitz.
Skipton Castle (34 miles)
Skipton
Skipton Castle Come and explore one of England's most complete medieval castles with over 900 years of turbulent history. Climb to the top of the Watchtower; descend to the dungeon. Picnic areas, licensed tearooms, shop with a notable book section, plant sales. A great day out in any season.
Lytham Hall (35 miles)
Lytham
Lytham Hall Stately hall set in 80 acres of mature country park; trails through the woods; cycling and picnics in the park with plenty of space to play safely; free entry to the country park Monday to Friday.
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens (35 miles)
Malpas
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens A variety of classic and unusual gardening styles adorn this beautifully landscaped spot, with nature trails, playground and picnic facilities also on site. Please note the limited opening times.
Royal Armouries Leeds (36 miles)
Leeds
Royal Armouries Leeds Learn about arms and armour from around the world and during the summer you can watch displays of jousting, falconry and horsemanship. Over 8,500 objects on display in 5 galleries.
Trentham Gardens (36 miles)
Stoke on Trent
Trentham Gardens is an award winning gardens and the perfect place to spend the day with the kids. Tackle the adventure playground, get lost in the maze, tantalise your toes on the barefoot walk and search for fairies on the fairy trail.
Boston Castle and Park (37 miles)
Rotherham
Boston Castle and Park Enjoy a day out at Boston Castle and Park. This family friendly venue has lots to offer for children. Daily activities include a craft activity cart, dressing up, jigsaws and trails.
The Heights of Abraham (38 miles)
Matlock Bath
The Heights of Abraham Explore a unique Hilltop Park via a thrilling Cable Car ride. Once at the Summit enjoy going underground on tours of two Show Caverns. In the Exhibitions get to touch a dinosaur fossil and see video shows, then burn off energy on the 2 play areas!
Temple Newsam (38 miles)
Leeds
Temple Newsam A magnificent Tudor Jacobean mansion set in 1500 acres of scenic parkland, mysterious woodland and one of Europe's largest working Rare Breeds Farms.
Madame Tussauds Blackpool (40 miles)
Blackpool
Madame Tussauds Blackpool Prepare to be starstruck as you meet a variety of celebrity wax figures from royalty to singers and sports stars. You will be amazed at these realistic models. Free phone app available to enhance your visit.
Harewood House (41 miles)
Leeds
Harewood House You'll find all sorts of activities here for family fun: the Adventure Playground, exotic species in the Bird Garden, dressing up Below Stairs and craft activities, the big problem will be trying to fit it all into one day! One of the best places to visit for family fun and things to do in West Yorkshire...
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens (42 miles)
Doncaster
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens Bring the kids along for a great day out at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. With a hands-on resources areas and a great new family friendly exhibition there is more than enough to keep them occupied!
Conisbrough Castle (42 miles)
Doncaster
Conisbrough Castle Kids love castles, and even though it is mostly ruins, Conisbrough Castle has a 90ft-high great white circular keep with six buttresses is the oldest surving of its type in England. CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT until April 2014.
Lancaster Castle (45 miles)
Lancaster
Lancaster Castle Still a working prison and court, it is still possible to visit this fascinating building by joining one of our popular hour-long guided tours, which usually include the Shire Hall with its collection of heraldry, the old cells and Hadrian's Tower
The Vulcan Experience (46 miles)
Doncaster
The Vulcan Experience A chance to see one of the most iconic aircraft ever built. Public and VIP tours led by friendly and knowledgeable guides. An enjoyable visit for all the family.
Ripley Castle (47 miles)
Harrogate
Ripley Castle Built in 1345, full of armour, priests' hiding holes and lots of great things to look at including beautiful gardens, deer park and a large tropical plant collection. Special Children's Tours available.
Stafford Castle (48 miles)
Stafford
Stafford Castle The interior is designed to encourage a 'hands-on' approach to history; the emphasis is most definitely on information with fun.
Knaresborough Castle (48 miles)
Knaresborough
Knaresborough Castle As well as visiting this Castle and Museum with plenty of hands-on activities and trails, enjoy the Castle Grounds with a game of Putting or Bowls!
Leighton Hall (52 miles)
Carnforth
Leighton Hall is a place where the whole family can relax. House Tour, Falconry Demonstrations, Tea rooms. Children’s favourites: sandpit dig, caterpillar maze, tree faces and dens in the garden. In August there is a free teddy bear hunt too!
Elvaston Castle (54 miles)
Elvaston
Elvaston Castle The first county park in England, this has been gently entertaining and thoroughly inspiring young families for forty years. Interesting walks and gorgeous architecture, an interesting half day's worth.
York Dungeon (58 miles)
York
York Dungeon An intense 70-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York's horrible history, using theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience! Not for young or nervous kids.
Jorvik Viking Centre (58 miles)
York
Jorvik Viking Centre Take hold of the past and explore the excavations which first unearthed the Viking-age city in our brand new exhibitions. As you travel around the Viking-Age city of Jorvik aboard our state of the art time capsules you will encounter the Old-Norse-speaking citizens, see inside their houses and back yards,...
Erasmus Darwin House (58 miles)
Lichfield
Erasmus Darwin House Georgian townhouse and previous home of Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather to Charles Darwin based in the centre of Lichfield. Contains interactive and hands-on science exhibits, Georgian dress-up and games, a reading area, various crafts, activities and of course prizes to be won! Plenty to keep all ages...
York Minster (58 miles)
York
York Minster One of the world's most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation's earliest history. When you have entered the Minster you may be able to join a free guided tour with one of their volunteer Guides
Lichfield Heritage Centre (58 miles)
Lichfield
Lichfield Heritage Centre Discover 2000 years of The Lichfield Story through the Exhibits, Graphics, Displays and AV Presentations. Family and Mouse Hole Trails available for small kids to help keep them interested and moving round.
Nottingham Castle (58 miles)
Nottingham
Nottingham Castle is a magnificent 17th Century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, with spectacular views across the city. A vibrant museum and art gallery housing collections of silver, glass, armour and paintings, plus fifteen centuries of Nottingham history.
Galleries of Justice (59 miles)
Nottingham
Galleries of Justice is home to the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and is the only Museum of its kind in Europe. Based at Nottingham's old county gaol the Museum portrays Nottingham's horrible history and crime and punishment through the ages in a fun and interactive environment. Many tours are actor led making the...
Greens Windmill and Science Centre (59 miles)
Nottingham
Greens Windmill and Science Centre Fascinating displays and a few hands on experiments inspired by local mathematical physicist George Green, housed in his families' working windmill. Really interesting stuff plus lots of community and family events like seasonal crafts and cooking classes.
Bolton Castle (59 miles)
Leyburn
Bolton Castle Medieval castle and grounds with a packed programme of daily events plus Trails, Childrens Costumes, Calligraphy, Medieval Games and Traditional Crafts.
Furness Abbey (60 miles)
Barrow in Furness
Furness Abbey Impressive ruins of an ancient abbey, includes much of east and west tower of church, plus cloisters and an ornate chapter house. Collection of rare stone effigies and a hoard of medieval treasure. Great place to go exploring with the family.
Legoland Discovery Centre (4 miles)
Manchester
Legoland Discovery Centre Step inside and it's like you have just jumped into the biggest box of Lego bricks ever! Enter Merlin's magical potion room and discover a Lego wizard's world of spells and sorcery. With over 2 million Lego bricks under one roof, what will you discover?
Donkey Sanctuary (4 miles)
Abbey Hay
Donkey Sanctuary Visit rescued donkeys in their dotage and explore with the kids the significance of treating animals with respect and kindness. Animal contact, visitor centre, nature walks and cycle routes also available.
Lancaster Park and Animal Farm (5 miles)
Oldham
Lancaster Park and Animal Farm is a children’s petting farm where children can meet, touch and feed the animals. We have a range of animals from horses and sheep to rabbits, chipmunks and many more. Play areas with swings, slides and children’s rides are dotted along a scenic nature walk.
Wythenshawe Park Farm (6 miles)
Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe Park Farm The Farm offers an exciting opportunity for children to learn about where food comes from and witness the hustle and bustle and all the elements of a working countryside farm within an urban setting. There is a play park and lots of other facilities as well.
National Football Museum (< 1 mile)
Manchester
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.

Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Manchester 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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