If you’re planning a fun family trip, Manchester is one of the best choices. Although it’s not ideal if you’re looking for a sun break as it’s notorious for rain and bad weather, it’s packed full of fantastic indoor activities and places to visit that are perfect for the whole family. Whether it’s your first visit to Manchester or you’re returning with your family in tow, knowing the best places to visit can help ensure that you don’t miss out on everything that this awesome city has to offer.
Intu Trafford Centre
A trip to Manchester would not be complete without a visit to the famous Intu Trafford Centre. Full of well-known high street shop such as Selfridges, John Lewis and Marks and Spencer, the Intu Trafford Centre also has plenty of fun options for the kids. Whilst you shop until you drop you can leave your little ones in a crèche with fully trained staff and lots of fun and games, located in the Orient food court. There’s also a Laser Tag, Crazy Golf and Odeon cinema along with the Namco Arcade where you can find plenty of options for great family fun. If you’re dining as a family, there are lots of kid-friendly restaurants available to choose from. Close by, you can find LEGOLAND and SeaLife.
Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is one of the most awesome places in Manchester to visit as a family. At this world-renowned museum, you’ll be able to see exhibits on everything from aircraft to steam trains to nuclear power. At the Museum of Science and industry you and your family will take away valuable information and knowledge about the city’s achievements both historical and current in the fields of science, industry and technology.
Fancy a skiing trip but don’t fancy flying to the Alps? Look no further than the Chill Facotre which is located in Urmston, Manchester. This indoor ski slope is the perfect skiing simulation and is just like the real thing. Whether you’re planning a skiing holiday with your family or just want to give it a try, Chill Factore has everything that you need from beginner skiing lessons to kids’ parties.
If you’re planning to visit Manchester when the weather is warm enough to go outside – usually around May-July, if it’s not raining – Heaton Park is a must-visit. Located in Prestwich, this vast park boasts rolling fields which are perfect for family picnics, walks and football. Home to music festival Parklife, Heaton Park is perfect for kids with a variety of children’s play areas, frequent ice cream vans and a fun train during the summer to take families on a round trip of the park. During the summer months there are also a range of great fun fairs and rides available for all the family.
You can get into Manchester by air, rail, or road. If you’re planning on driving into Manchester then it’s a good idea to plan your parking in this busy city in advance. Click here for more information on reserving a parking space.