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.

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ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Sheffield

  • Sheffield
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

See the world through the silver screen, and tuck into a big bucket of popcorn while you’re at it, all at ODEON Sheffield. With 10 screens of multime...

Iron figure at Crosby Beach

Crosby Beach

  • Crosby
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Go to a different kind of beach this time! Enjoy sandy shores and thought-provoking art at the same time at Crosby Beach. This wide beach surrounded...

Outside view of New Palace and Adventureland in New Brighton

New Palace and Adventureland

  • New Brighton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The New Palace and Adventureland on the famous Promenade at New Brighton, Wirral, offers a tremendous range of family fun-filled entertainment and ac...

People on beach at Antony Gormleys Another Place in Liverpool

Antony Gormleys Another Place

  • Liverpool
  • Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Antony Gormleys Another Place gives you a scenic walk with a different. Definitely something to tell your friends about, artwork by the creator of th...

Entrance to Riverside Bowl and Laser Quest in Wallasey

Riverside Bowl and Laser Quest

  • Wallasey
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Bowling has always been a family favourite. A great day indoors can be spent at Riverside Bowl and Laser Quest in Merseyside. Think all American supe...

Pavilion at Ecclesall Woods in Sheffield

Ecclesall Woods

  • Sheffield
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Ecclesall Woods are the largest semi natural woodland in South Yorkshire and are popular due to range of wildlife, plus the archaeological and histor...

Street view of Coffeetots Play Cafe in Chester

Coffeetots Play Cafe

  • Chester
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Coffeetots Play Café is a family run, baby friendly home for everyone who just loves a great cup of coffee. Their mission is to make sure kids have a...

People bowling at Barnsley Bowl

Barnsley Bowl

  • Barnsley
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Classic family friendly tenpin bowling with gutter guards and ramps for the kids to give them a chance! Great family activity, especially when it's w...

Families on train at Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway in Chester

Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway

  • Chester
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway is fun for all the family. Miniature train rides set in the beautiful surroundings of Chester's Grosvenor Park. Only...

Sheffield's grand town hall on Curious About Sheffield trail

Curious About Sheffield

  • Sheffield
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Curious About Sheffield gives an entertaining glimpse into what makes this fascinating Yorkshire city what it is today. Resident or just visiting you...

Indoor soft play frame at Jackaboos in Leeds

Jackaboos5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Jackaboos take having FUN to a new and exciting level. Let your kids run wild in a safe, fun and clean environment while you relax with an authentic...

Families in swimming pool at Ponds Forge in Sheffield

Ponds Forge

  • Sheffield
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Come and make a splash in the Surf City leisure pool at Ponds Forge. The best place in Sheffield for swimming and having fun with all the family! The...

Painting collection of fairy tale at Budding Picassos Ceramic Cafe in Sheffield

Budding Picassos Ceramic Cafe

  • Sheffield
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Budding Picassos Ceramic Cafe is a paint your own pottery studio based in Sheffield. Our premises are welcoming bright and airy and our pottery mad s...

Indoor soft play frame and cafe area at Happy Days Play Centre in Wakefield

Happy Days Play Centre

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Happy Days Play Centre Happy Days features 2 separate areas designed to provide loads of fun in a nicely safe environment for pre-walkers all the way...

Boys on Treasure Hunt Trail

The Sheffield Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Sheffield
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Sheffield Treasure Hunt Trail is a sure winner for aspiring spies or pirates in training. After cracking clues and working as a team, any gold do...

Toddlers in swimming lesson in pool at Northgate Arena in Chester

Northgate Arena

  • Chester
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Splash, swim or cycle; you can do it all at Northgate Arena! With the centre’s two swimming pools you can spend your time training or just having som...

Slides at Bubbles World of Play in New Brighton

Bubbles World of Play5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • New Brighton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Bubbles' World of Play houses the largest and most innovative play frame in the UK. Specifically designed for children aged 0 to 11 years we have a r...

Inside soft play frame at Monkeyhouse Softplay in Wallasey

Monkeyhouse Softplay

  • Wallasey
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Come rain or shine, Monkeyhouse soft play is always ready to welcome your cheeky monkeys through its doors. Deep in the wild you’ll find a slides to...

Hockey team at Skate Central of Sheffield

Skate Central of Sheffield

  • Sheffield
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Skate Central of Sheffield offers a family oriented modern skate experience with different themed sessions to suit your preferences. Please do check...

Painted pottery at China Butterfly Craft Centre in Formby

China Butterfly Craft Centre

  • Formby
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

China Butterfly Craft Centre is the ideal place to chill out and try some new crafts. There is a wide variety of activities available which are perfe...

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