What to Do in Manchester in the Summer Holidays

7th August 2019

The Summer holidays are here. 6 weeks of no school and days to fill with activities. Thankfully, Manchester is an excellent city to keep you and the children occupied. Here is a selection of family friendly activities.

🐟🐠 Legoland and SeaLife Discovery Centre

Based at the Trafford Centre just outside of the city centre are the excellent family-friendly Sealife Centre and Legoland Discovery Centre. Sealife has over 5,000 creatures from the world’s waters, including sharks, seahorses, octopus, jewllyfish and rays. Legoland is a hands-on indoor attraction based on the iconic bricks, perfect for getting the creative juices flowing for both chidlren and adults. Remember to download your FREE vouchers here.

Manchester in the Summer Holidays

SEA LIFE, Manchester – Cow Nosed Ray

⚽️ National Football Museum

The National Football Museum in Cathedral Gardens houses the largest collection of football memorabilia in the world. Its collections chart the rise of the beautiful game through the ages with some incredible artefacts and exhibitions. There is now an entry fee (unless you reside in the borough of Manchester) but it is well worth the expense.

🤔🚌 Secrets of the City Bus Tour

Our Secrets of the City Bus tour is perfect for residents and newcomers alike. It gives a fresh look on the city of Manchester, celebrating its long history of innovation and enterprise. Departing every Saturday at 11am and 2pm with live guide commentary, it is a perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon getting to know Manchester better, especially if it’s raining.

Our summer sale is now on with tickets from only £6!

Manchester in the Summer Holidays

🏟️ Football Stadium Tours

Manchester is perhaps best known for its rival football teams, United and City. United have dominated modern football to become one of the biggest and most successful football teams in the world. While ‘noisy neighbours’ City have closed the gap in recent years to rise to the pinnacle of world football. Both of their stadiums are available for stadium tours throughout the summer so you can go behind the scenes and discover how the clubs got to where they are today.

Manchester City Football - Etihad Stadium, Manchester © Courtesy of Marketing Manchester

Manchester City Football – Etihad Stadium, Manchester © Courtesy of Marketing Manchester

🚂👀 East Lancashire Railway

Just outside of Manchester steam trains depart from Bury on the heritage East Lancashire Railway line to Rawtenstall. With a freedom of the line ticket available here you can step back in time and explore the picturesque East Lancashire countryside at your leisure.

East Lancashire Railway

East Lancashire Railway, Bury © Liam Barnes

🎡🎢 Alton Towers Resort

Alton Towers Resort is the nation’s favourite theme park. With awesome roller coasters and a host of family attractions including CBeebies land, it is an excellent day out for the whole family. On our day trip to Alton Towers Resort it is just a short train and taxi ride away.

🌄⛰️ The Lake District

England’s most beautiful National Park is an excellent choice for a day trip. We have a selection of trips to choose from by both bus and train. Our most family-friendly trip is the Lake District Cruise, Steam Train and Peter Rabbit, including return train travel, all-day bus travel in the central Lakes zone, a return Windermere Lake Cruise, a return steam train ride and entrance to the World of Beatrix Potter. It is a day trip jam packed with excellent activities that takes you to the Lakes and back in a day.

Day Trip to the Lake District

The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria – Peter Rabbit © The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have the best time during the Summer Holidays in Manchester and share some amazing memories! 🙌



Written by: Dan Bridges

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