20 Best Things To Do In Manchester Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Manchester

There are lots of great things to do in Manchester to keep all the family happy...especially the football lovers!

Ok, let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. If you’ve got Manchester United fans at home, going to Old Trafford is a must, the 80-minute Manchester United Museum and Tour will be like a dream come true. In the mood for a bit more football on your family day out? Visit the National Football Museum and explore some of the most iconic moments in the sport’s history.

Kick off those football boots and head back into the city for a bit of bite-sized LEGOLAND fun. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is the perfect attraction for  LEGO lovers of all ages, featuring over 2 million bricks, LEGO rides and more!

How about diving deep into the secrets of the world’s oceans? Take the kids to SEA LIFE Manchester where you can spot a clownfish, feed giant turtles and seek out an eight-legged friend in the Octopus Hideout. Another great indoor attraction in Manchester is the Science and Industry Museum. They've got quite the exciting events schedule too. 

Feeling cheeky? Check out these 5 ideas for family days out in Manchester that our lovely days out expert Lisa put together. 

Want to check when the next school holiday is so you can plan your family days out? We've got a handy list of the Manchester school holiday dates right here.

Find your perfect day out

family pointing doing the Manchester Treasure Trail

Manchester Wizard's Spellbook Treasure Hunt

  • Manchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

If you want to add something special to your family day out, look no further! The Wizard’s Spellbook Treasure Hunt in Manchester is a self-guided tou...

Two people in an escape room at Escape Hunt

Escape Hunt Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Turn your next family outing into a proper adventure - head out to Escape Hunt Manchester and experience the thrill of an escape room challenge along...

A man and a little boy playing golf at Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester

Treetop Adventure Golf Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

Looking for an epic adventure? Then head over to Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester, where a tropical themed mini-golf paradise awaits you. Grab yo...

Three people racing at TeamSport Indoor Karting Manchester Trafford

Teamsport Indoor Karting Manchester Trafford Park

  • Stretford
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Ideally located just 15 minutes from the city centre, TeamSport Trafford Park (formerly Daytona) provides a great day out for the whole family. Total...

Arial photo of the ball pit at Inflata Nation Manchester

Inflata Nation Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Bounce your way towards a whole lot of fun at Inflata Nation Manchester - the inflatable theme park for the whole family. With an incredible double-d...

Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Landmarks

Introduce your kids to the wonderful world of books at Manchester Central Library.  Inside the Secret Garden, a special kids’ area, the little ones c...

Father and son at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Manchester Art Gallery was a finalist in the 2010 Guardian Family Friendly Museum of the Year award. That's because they have lots on offer for famil...

Man climbing ice wall at Vertical Chill Ice Wall Manchester

Vertical Chill Ice Wall Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Vertical Chill Ice Wall Manchester is an impressive refrigerated unit running through the middle of this climbing shop's 2 floors! Inside at a consta...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Manchester Great Northern

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

A trip to the flicks wouldn’t be complete without a big, old bucket of popcorn and an ice cream or two. Tuck in at ODEON Manchester Great Northern. W...

Bus for Manchester Bus Tours

Manchester Bus Tours

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Manchester Bus Tours is a 2-hour tour on an open-top bus to visit the main sites in the city centre as well as the surrounding districts running on S...

ImmotionVR Manchester

ImmotionVR Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Up for something new and exciting? Step into the world of cutting-edge technology at ImmotionVR Manchester. Discover what virtual reality experiences...

Bowling lanes at Dog Bowl in Manchester

Dog Bowl

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Ready, set, strike! Cross the pond for bowling and American dining at Dog Bowl. There are five full sized bowling lanes so whether you’re set for a s...

Outside view of The Peoples History Museum in Manchester

The Peoples History Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Bless your little one’s cotton socks and bring your family to The People’s History Museum.  Come and learn about the importance of Manchester’s cotto...

Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Manchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Transform a regular day out with the kids in Manchester into something truly special with the Spy Mission Treasure Trail. Watch your tots get totally...

Dome at Crystal Maze Experience in Manchester

The Crystal Maze Experience

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Parents who loved the original will jump at the chance to share this with their kids; The Crystal Maze is a little slice of nostalgia and simply tonn...

Girl looks through kaleidoscope at Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Science and Industry Museum3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

A delectable mix of science, industry and history makes the Science and Industry Museum an exciting and educational day out for kids and adults alike...

City Centre on huntfun Manchester trail

Huntfun Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Enjoy a different kind of a family walk in town - solve clues and follow a trail to complete the challenge of the huntfun treasure hunt in Manchester...

Escape Reality Manchester

Escape Reality Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Looking for something the whole family can do together? Visit Escape Reality Manchester, pick your favourite from a huge range of escape rooms and tr...

Manchester Codebreaking Walk

Manchester Codebreaking Walk

  • Manchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Put a twist to your family day out in Manchester - download the Tramble App on your smartphone and get ready to complete the Manchester Codebreaking...

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Vue Manchester Printworks

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

The cinema is a great day out, and it doesn't matter if it's tipping it down or it's all sunshine! Jump into movie magic at Vue Manchester Printworks...

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