A family-friendly fun guide to activities to do and attractions in Manchester with the kids.
Entertaining the kids can sometimes prove to be a tricky task, especially when you’ve already been to your family favourites so we’ve put together our favourite and sometimes less well-known but just as exciting family attractions.
National Football Museum
A free entry football winner for you and your family. The striking building is based just a few minutes’ walk away from CitySuites and is in the heart of Manchester’s beautiful Cathedral Quarter, making it the perfect museum to pop into in between shopping.
Fletcher Moss Park & Botanical Gardens
A stunning and tranquil garden situated in Manchester’s much loved Didsbury suburb. The local park is renowned and is a lovely open space for the whole family to walk through.
Old Trafford Stadium
A fantastic behind the scenes experience that takes you around the world’s most iconic football stadium. For small family groups travelling to the stadium in Trafford, Manchester you can save a few pounds by opting for a ‘Family & Friends’.
Manchester is lucky enough to have two fantastic and very different stadiums not far from CitySuites. At Manchester Citystadium, families can enjoy a behind-the-scenes showcase of the premier league team football home.
A landmark building at the waterfront of one of Greater Manchester’s most vibrant areas, MediaCityUK. Regardless of your age, visiting the cultural venue is a great day out for the whole family and easy to get to and from Manchester city centre via tram.
Science and Industry Museum
An interactive playground and immersive experience for the kids, the old passenger railway building is full to the brim with amazing objects that are guaranteed to inspire young creative minds. Get hands-on from 10 am to 5 pm as the industry doors open. Click here to find out more.
The John Rylands Library
Situated on Deansgate just a few minutes walk from CitySuites, The John Rylands Library is easily accessible by foot. The unique historic building has a fascinating and impressive collection of books, art and objects that draw in visiting families from around the world.
City Centre Shopping
Manchester’s city centre is renowned for being perfectly compact with everything you need in one place, making it easy to navigate around the shops with the kids without the risk of feeling like you’ve walked a marathon in a day. When staying at CitySuites you’ll be located just off the top Deansgate and therefore a couple of minutes away from New Cathedral Street which hosts the cities luxury boutique shops and department stores. View our location here.
A hidden gem just a stone’s throw away from the city centre, the building is set to impress and visiting family with its British charm and stunning grounds. Dating back more than 750 years, discover the oldest building in Salford with free entry! There’s also a jam-packed calendar of events from plays to creative classes, ideal entertainment for the youngins.
The Trafford Centre
A colossal shopping, entertainment and leisure venue located in the Trafford borough. There is no doubt that as one of the biggest venues in Manchester, there certainly are plenty of fun activities and services for families to choose from including the Family Club, play area and creche. More recently, The Trafford Centre has also opened its doors to the Upside Down House, a family attraction and optical illusion - the perfect photo opportunity! Shortly (early 2020) visitors will be able to visit The Trafford Centre from Manchester via tram.