An insider’s guide to family fun in Manchester

27th June 2016

Guest Blogger

Tired Mummy of Two documents the life of a Manchester-based family of four, who fill their days with fun and adventure. Laura and her family love experiencing new things, seeing new places and sharing their adventures as they go.

What to do in Manchester?

Manchester is an amazing city filled with fabulous family friendly things to do, bustling shopping centres and culture galore; but knowing where to start or what to see when you visit can be tough. Whether you are visiting Manchester for a day, weekend, or even a week, there is so much to experience that having a plan is important - and this blog is the perfect place to start.

When visiting as a family you won’t go wrong with a trip to one of the many exciting museums in Manchester. A visit to the Manchester Museum to visit Stan, the resident Tyrannosaurus skeleton, is a must for dinosaur fans. For those children who like to get hands on, the experiments gallery in the Museum of Science and Industry will keep them occupied for hours.

If your children are the active type, then you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Play Factore, which houses the largest indoor slide in Europe at over 40 metres long. In the same building you can also visit the Chill Factore where you can wrap up warm and go skiing, sledging or even snow-boarding down the various slopes.

Manchester Chill Factore

A family full of football fans will feel right at home in Manchester, with both Old Trafford and the Etihad stadium within easy reach of the town centre by hopping on one of the many trams. However no one wants to go to watch a match on an empty stomach, and with the amazing choice of burger restaurants in Manchester to choose from it can be hard to decide where to eat. I highly recommend a trip to Solita in the Northern Quarter, where you can fill up on the Big Manc burger - and you might not need to eat for another week.

Manchester Burger

Treat your Mum or older siblings to a weekend on the town which can include a lot of things: shopping down Deansgate, drinking in Canal Street and pampering in one of the many spas in the city centre; but when it comes to Afternoon Tea the choices are endless. Knowing where to find the perfect scone, the relaxed environment and the best cakes can be tricky, but if you head to Hey Little Cupcake in Spinningfields you will not be disappointed. Whilst you are there check out what else is happening in the area as it is usually a hive of excitement with a variety of events staged there throughout the year.

Manchester Afternoon Tea

Manchester has a vibrant music scene and is home to many amazing venues where you can catch some top name acts live on stage. Whether you are looking at visiting the O2 Apollo, Manchester Academy, Manchester Arena or a smaller venue such as the Deaf Institute; the quality of artists available on any given week is fantastic and you can always find someone you want to go and see. Manchester is also home to some amazing theatres that play host to a variety of shows from family friendly productions to full scale musicals. We watched both Wicked and Shrek the Musical at The Lowry theatre last year and my children have still not stopped talking about them.

Manchester Lowry

Manchester isn’t all about the bustling town centre, and you don’t have to go far before you reach one of the many country parks, nature reserves or historic buildings that are dotted around the region. If you are more into exploring the wilderness or learning about times gone by, then there will always be something nearby for you to see.

In fact Manchester is one of those places that seems to have something for everyone, and even though I have lived here for over ten years, I have still not visited even a small area of this amazing city.

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