Things to do in Manchester with Kids | Modern Mummy

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Things to do in Manchester with Kids

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So last month I jetted off to sunny Manchester, courtesy of Pampers. It was a super quick visit - in fact we only got to see the P&G factory and the airport bar (ahem) - and whilst sipping G&Ts before our flight home, Alice and Ruth and I were chatting about how we should have given ourselves more time there to see the sights while we were there. 

When we got back I found myself doing a bit of online research with the intention of arranging a girlie weekend oooop north. When booked in advance, trains (and even flights!) are pretty cheap, plus I found some awesome deals on accommodation with Hotel Direct. I worked out that in actual fact a trip up there for a night wouldn't cost too much more than a night out in central London!

But then I realised that in actual fact, Manchester is a pretty cool place to take the kids. As I searched for things to do and see, the city's abundance of family friendly activities became apparent and, as always happens, the grown up girls night out is on hold while I plan a weekend up there with my little girls!

Here are just a few places that look fabulous for kids.

Museums + Galleries
There are HEAPS of museums and galleries to visit. The ones I like the look of include The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery, the Museum of Science & Industry (the Corrie set is nearby and open for tours too) and the Museum of Transport. The majority of Manchester's museums are free to visit and those that do have an admission fee are very reasonable.

Football fans will be in their element in Manchester, with both Manchester City and Manchester United offering tours of their grounds. If you're not a fan of either team, there is also the Football Museum, which looks well worth a visit.

High end department stores, little vintage gems and ginormous shopping centres like The Trafford Centre and The Corn Exchange mean that you'd need a week to visit them all!

The Lego Discovery Centre and The Sealife Centre can both be found at the Trafford Centre and, having been to these attractions in the south, I can confirm that they both make brilliant days out.

The city has hundreds of family friendly eateries in every far fetched corner, including the usual chains we know and love like Giraffe, Wagamama and Frankie & Benny's, and some brilliant independents too. Two that have been recommended to me include Dough Pizza Kitchen, where kids can make their own pizzas for around £3 and Sapporo Teppanyaki which I know my two little Japanese food fiends would LOVE!

After all that, the City also has an open top bus tour which may be the ultimate tourist attraction but is definitely one I know my girls will adore!

Are any of you from Manchester, or have you visited before? Are there any other brilliant child friendly attractions that I've missed? I'd love some more recommendations xoxo

This post has been written in collaboration with Hotel Direct.

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