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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Greater Manchester

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 1120 fun things to do in Greater Manchester for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Manchester, Wigan and Altrincham. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 830 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Greater Manchester day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Greater Manchester with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

Find your perfect day out

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...



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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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’...

The Lowry

  • Salford Quays
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Lowry is full of colourful things to see and do. Kids love The Lowry's bright orange staircases, sloping blue floors and purple and glass walls b...

Manchester River Cruises

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Get a totally unique perspective of Manchester from their historic ship canal, with Manchester River Cruises. On the Princess Katherine - yes, she ha...

IWM North

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Imperial War Museum North

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Imperial War Museum North, or IWM North, provides an exciting free day out for all the family and brings to life stories of how war has shaped lives...

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...

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