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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!

The National Football Museum is a sport lovers dream. Take a walk through the history of the game and spot your favourite heroes or legends as you go. From iconic strips, to memorable goals, it’s sure to score high on entertainment!

For hardcore Manchester United fans you can go behind the scenes at Old Trafford and see the pitch through the eyes of a professional footballer with the 80-minute Manchester United Museum and Tour.

Kick off those football boots and head back into the city for a bit of bite-sized LEGOLAND fun. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is a tantalizing taster of its older sibling in Windsor. Here you can sample Merlin’s Magical Potion Room, enjoy a ride or two and dive into the biggest box of Lego with over 2 million bricks!

Manchester family days out adventures don’t come any better than the aquatic variety (just ask Nemo) and at Sea Life Manchester you can spot a clownfish, feed giant turtles and seek out an eight-legged friend in the Octopus Hideout.

All of that excitement is bound to have worked up an appetite, so head to the Manchester Arndale where you can browse over 250 shops and choose from a wide range of eateries, guaranteed to satisfy your hunger after a full, fun day!

Want to check when the next school holiday is so you can plan your family days out? We've got a handy breakdown of the UK school holidays to help.

Find your perfect day out

Play area at Lanky Bill's Fun Shack in Langley Mill

Lanky Bill's Fun Shack5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Langley Mill
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

At Lanky Bill's they welcome adventurous children under 4ft10 to get some entertaining exercise in their multi-level soft play facility. They'll hard...

Steam train traveling countryside at Ty Mawr Country Park in Wrexham

Ty Mawr Country Park

  • Wrexham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

If you’re looking for a hidden gem - one of outstanding natural beauty no less - then roll on up to Ty Mawr Country Park. This is a wonderful way for...

Polar bear diving into water at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park4.25 out of 5 starstotal reviews(4)

  • Doncaster
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Up for an animal adventure? Take a walk on the wild side at the heart of Yorkshire with a visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, home to more than 300 ama...

People canoeing with How Stean Gorge in Harrogate

How Stean Gorge

  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

How Stean Gorge - A natural wonder! This spectacular limestone gorge with winding pathways, narrow bridges, underground caves and an active stream st...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Mansfield

  • Mansfield
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

From the farthest reaches of outer space to the depths of the Amazon jungle, film can take you anywhere. Explore the world and beyond at ODEON Mansfi...

Families at Studfold Explore Discover and Learn in Harrogate

Studfold Explore Discover and Learn

  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The award winning Studfold Explore Discover and Learn Trail offers lots to see and do: solve the clues to find the secret boxes; follow the trail to...

Indoor soft play frame at Water Meadows in Mansfield

Water Meadows

  • Mansfield
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

They say the harder you work, the more you should play, which is exactly what you can do at Water Meadows. The swimming and fitness complex offers so...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Derby

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

From the latest Pixar outing to classic black and whites, there’s always something fantastic to goggle at on the big screen at ODEON Derby. With 10 s...

Cafe bar at Rollerworld of Derby

Rollerworld of Derby

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Situated on Mansfield Road, just outside the heart of Derby city centre, Rollerworld boasts the biggest maple floored rink in the UK and also boast t...

Entrance to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Visitor Centre in Wrexham

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Visitor Centre

  • Wrexham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Visitor Centre provides an awe inspiring day out that everyone in the family will enjoy, with amazing views and a 200 year...

Toy theatre gallery at Pickford's House in Derby

Pickford's House

  • Derby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Pickford’s House is a window to the past for kids, full of historic objects and interactive activities, all in the heart of Derby. As part of Derby M...

Boy in ball pit at Wacky Warehouse - Catch Corner in Stafford

Wacky Warehouse - Catch Corner

  • Stafford
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

In theWacky Warehouse at Catch Corner all kids up to 4ft9 (around 10 years) are welcome to play in the indoor adventure zone, set alongside the histo...

Indoor soft play frame and cafe area at Tubby Bears Playzone in Derby

Tubby Bears Playzone5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Tubby Bears Playzone features a wicked triple level adventure play frame designed for older kids which features nigh on all the modern classics from...

Outside view of Wolseley Centre in Stafford

Wolseley Centre

  • Stafford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Wolseley Centre is an ideal place for all ages to get back to nature, set in 26 acres of beautiful grounds that offers plenty for the kids to do. Bes...

Kids playing laser tag at Megazone Derby

Megazone Derby

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Megazone Derby is the multi-level playing arena in which futuristic laser tag is played by warriors of all ages! There are smoke swirls and spooky mu...

The Scarborough Spa Express Train passes countryside

The Scarborough Spa Express

  • Carnforth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

While there are plenty of differing trips available, the charming vintage steam engines at the Scarborough Spa Express are perfect for a family trip,...

Family looking at paintings in Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Arts and Crafts

For a dose of culture, bring your brood along to The Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Take a trip through history, first by stopping off in Ancient Egyp...

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