If you’re thinking about planning a weekend in Manchester with kids in tow, you’ve made a great choice. You will not be short of things to do or attractions to visit, but you will need to plan your trip very carefully to ensure you fit everything in that you want to. There are so many family-friendly attractions, including some fantastic indoor and outdoor play facilities and child-friendly museums, not to mention the great shopping and delicious food on offer throughout the city. If you’re still not convinced that Manchester is the right destination for your weekend, here are 4 reasons that might just change your mind.
- It’s Heaven for Football Fans
While not everyone is a fan of football, if you have kids who are even slightly interested in the beautiful game, then Manchester is a must-visit. It is home to the biggest football museum in the world, with 2,500 pieces of incredible football memorabilia, including a shirt worn by Brazil’s Pele and the shirt worn by Maradona during the 1986 World Cup match against England. You also get the chance to lift the FA Cup and Premier League Trophy for a fantastic photo opportunity, as well as plenty of interactive activities like commentating on a match, picking a mascot, or even taking part in a penalty shootout. If you have real football fanatics, they might also enjoy a stadium tour at Manchester United and/or Manchester City.
- Manchester Is A Living Museum
Not all kids like to visit museums or learn about history, but Manchester enables you to immerse them in some of England’s most important events and historical milestones simply by walking around. Manchester is the birthplace of industry in England, and many of the original buildings still remain, including the Ducie Street Warehouse, which was built in 1876 as a cotton store but has now been converted into luxury serviced apartments. Find out more about the history of Ducie St Warehouse in Manchester.
If you are looking for some more hands-on education, you can’t beat the Museum of Science and History in the disused Liverpool Road Station. This was the world’s first passenger railway station and today includes interactive exhibitions and enables children to take a train ride on a steam train. Alternatively, Manchester Museum has four floors of history and culture from around the world, including a fossilised Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Vivarium, where you can observe live reptiles and frogs as they would live in a natural habitat.
- Play Factore and Chill Factore
A soft play is always a great choice for parents and children, and Play Factore at Trafford Park is one of the best you’ll find. In fact, it is the largest in the UK and has the world’s tallest playframe at 15m high and the largest indoor slide at 40m. You’ll also find an indoor zipline, go-karts, laser tag, arcades, and much more.
Chill Factore is by the Trafford Centre, offering snowboarding, skiing, sledge racing, tobogganing, a luge ride, and general snow-related fun in the indoor real snow park. It’s 180m long, which makes it the longest indoor ski slope in the UK. There is also an adventure zone called Mini Moose Land for children under 4.
- LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre has more than 2 million LEGO bricks under one roof and gives children a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From learning about LEGO and how the bricks are made, to seeing some incredible models of UK landmarks in Miniland, to riding the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, learning to drive at the Forest Pursuit Driving School and taking flight on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, your kids will be spoilt for choice. There is also a 4D cinema with wind and water effects and 10 LEGO building zones.