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

Dog mascot at National Football Museum in Manchester

National Football Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The National Football Museum is a great place for the active family to have some fun and learn more about your favourite sport! Throughout the museum...

Family at TeamSport Indoor Karting Manchester

TeamSport Indoor Karting Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Race on down to TeamSport Indoor Karting Manchester! The new 550m multi-level circuit will have you feeling like you're taking part in the Grand Prix...

Cells at Greater Manchester Police Museum

Greater Manchester Police Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At the Greater Manchester Police Museum, discover the stories of cops and robbers while learning loads about local history in one of the city’s earli...

Photos on wall at LomoWall Manchester

LomoWall Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

If you're in the area do make time to stop and visit the LomoWall in Piccadilly Bush, it's an unusual sight that will pleasantly surprise the whole f...

Kids skate boarding at Projekts Indoor Skatepark in Manchester

Projekts Indoor Skatepark

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

The Projekts Indoor Skatepark welcomes riders of skateboards, scooters, inlines and BMXs and those who have yet to start on any of them! On Saturday...

Family completed escape room at Clue HQ Manchester

Clue HQ Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Do you have what it takes to escape Clue HQ Manchester? In groups of six solve puzzles and follow clues to escape one of two themed rooms. In Detonat...

Girl climbing at Rock Over Climbing in Manchester

Rock Over Climbing

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Climbing

If your children are climbing the walls in the holidays, or even over the weekend, then take them to Rock Over Climbing. It’s the perfect place to ge...

Outside view of The Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Manchester Museum was the winner of the Lever Prize 2015! Wander round The Manchester Museum's amazing galleries full of treasures from the natur...

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

  • Salford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Ready to discover a true local gem? Take the kids to Salford Museum and Art Gallery and journey back in time with a fascinating collection of permane...

Outside view of Elizabeth Gaskells House in Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskells House

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Elizabeth Gaskell's House is still a place for all the family even 150 years later! You'll stand on the same doorstep as many of her famous friends,...

Outside view of Ordsall Hall in Salford

Ordsall Hall

  • Salford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Pay a family visit to the 12th century Ordsall Hall to discover the story of the Hall and some of the fascinating characters who lived there through...

People on tour at BBC Tour at MediaCityUK in Salford

BBC Tour at MediaCityUK

  • Salford
  • Indoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

BBC Tour at MediaCityUK are now home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match Of The Day, Blue Peter, Dragon...

Kids roleplaying at CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK in Salford

CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK

  • Salford
  • Indoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Bring your kids’ favourite characters to life with a trip to the CBBC Interactive Tour at MediaCityUK. Home to classics like Blue Peter and Horrible...

Inside soft play frame at Monolos in Manchester

Monolos

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Welcome to your new favourite place to eat! At Monolos you don’t need to compromise on good food to ensure the children have space to play! Built to...

Vintage buses at Museum of Transport in Cheetam Hill

Museum of Transport

  • Cheetam Hill
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Take a trip back in time with one of Britain's biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams at the Museum of Transport. From a Victorian...

Girl on climbing wall at Manchester Climbing Centre

Manchester Climbing Centre

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Climbing

Manchester Climbing Centre is the most fun you can have indoors. You can climb walls up to 20 metres high! Join them for a Birthday Party or come alo...

People sailing at Helly Hansen Watersports Centre in Salford

Helly Hansen Watersports Centre

  • Salford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Water Sports

A visit to Helly Hansen Watersports Centre, previously known as Salford Watersports Centre, is a fun packed adventure for all the family. The fantast...

Outside view of stadium at Manchester City FC Experience in Miles Platting

Manchester City FC Experience

  • Miles Platting
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Sports Stadiums

Do you have any football fans in the family? Fancy going behind the scenes at the stadium of one of the UK’s top football teams? You can do just that...

Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

Vue Manchester Lowry

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Step into a different world for a few hours and experience something totally extraordinary. Jump into movie magic at Vue Manchester Lowry, where you’...

Cyclist at National Cycling Centre in Manchester

National Cycling Centre

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Cycling

National Cycling Centre is an excellent place if you are already a cycling fan, or if you want to get more active and have fun. Sessions are availabl...

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