Family Days Out in Manchester


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If you’re looking for a great family day out, Manchester is bursting with brilliant ways to spend your time. Whether you live in the city centre, you’re heading into town from somewhere on the outskirts like Marple or Stalybridge, or you’re travelling to Manchester from a different part of the country, there’s something to suit every member of the family. We’ve selected five of our favourite attractions to get you started, so you can all start getting excited about a Manchester family day out.

Science and Industry Museum

Manchester has some fantastic museums, with the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) being one of the best for children. It’s a place where your kids can learn a thing or two about the innovative world we live in and how are industrialised planet came to be, all while having a whole lot of fun along the way. From interesting exhibits peeking back at life during the Industrial Revolution, to interactive displays and the chance to try your very own experiments, Manchester is proud to be the world’s first industrial city. You can easily spend many hours exploring the Science and Industry Museum, while there’s usually a packed events calendar to check out too.

Crystal Maze

Did you ever watch the popular 90s TV show and wish you could take on the tricky tasks and cunning challenges yourself? Well, now you can. Richard O’Brien may have hung up his leopard print jacket many moons ago, but this immersive, fun-filled experience gives you the opportunity to follow your very own Maze Master around this city centre attraction, working your way through the Aztec, Futuristic, Industrial and Medieval zones. You can play in a team of up to eight people, with family discounts available. After completing your mental, physical and mystery-solving skills, it’s time to ‘start the fans, please’ in the famous Crystal Dome and collect as many gold credits as you can.

Chill Factore

Not far from popular residential area Walkden, Chill Factore is the largest indoor ski slope in the UK. Don’t worry if you can’t ski or snowboard already, there are daily lessons ranging from beginner to advanced, although you can head straight to the top of the 180m slope if you already have the skills. With other snow park activities such as the Ice Slide, Downhill Donuts and Sledge ’n’ Slide suitable for little ones aged four and up, there’s also a climbing wall to tackle. You may also wish to combine your visit with some more thrills at the iFly indoor skydiving centre next door.

Trafford Centre

The neighbouring Trafford Centre is another Manchester hotspot which could be perfect for a family day out come rain or shine. As well as the myriad of shopping opportunities, you can also go to the cinema, play 10-pin bowling and Laser Quest, and hit the arcade games. From classic titles to pool tables and even a play area for toddlers, the Trafford Centre’s many food outlets mean you’ve got everything you need under one roof.

Manchester United Museum and Tour

If your household is football mad, no family day out in Manchester would be complete without a trip to Old Trafford. Home of Premier League outfit Manchester United, the Theatre of Dreams is the largest club stadium in the UK, and one of the biggest in the world. Tickets for games are usually extremely hard to come by, but whether or not you manage to secure some, you can always peek behind the curtain with a museum and stadium tour. Combine your trip to Old Trafford with a visit to the excellent National Football Museum in the city centre, which is packed with fascinating football memorabilia as well as interactive games and activities.

A wonderful city to visit with the family, you can head into town whenever you like if you live in a suburb like Hazel Grove. If you’re looking to put down roots just to the south of Manchester, don’t miss our Galloway Grange and Stanneylands developments, where you’ll find a beautiful collection of 3 and 4 bedroom family homes for sale.