Manchester with kids

(12 Posts)
MegBusset Mon 14-Nov-16 21:59:14

Looking at a long weekend trip to Manchester in February, can anyone recommend stuff to do with the kids? Eg museums, places to walk etc. DC age 7 and 9. We'll be staying in Bury.

notangelinajolie Mon 14-Nov-16 22:06:38

Go to the Manchester Museum on Oxford Road. We used to take the kids there all the time and they loved it! Especially the Dinosaurs & Mummies. It is also free which is always a good thing smile.

MegBusset Tue 15-Nov-16 20:35:44

Thank you smile

Bumping for any more!

PMT783 Sat 19-Nov-16 12:58:34

Science and Industry museum is huge and great. Just off Deansgate. Will take up at least half a day. Football Museum near the printworks is good if they like football. Heston Park is close to Bury as is Hollingworth Lake. Trafford Centre is 15 mins from Bury and as well as the shops and eateries has legoland and sea life centre. The football tour at the etihad stadium is great too.

PMT783 Sat 19-Nov-16 12:59:14

Heaton Park not Heston

Thatwaslulu Sat 19-Nov-16 13:00:09

Imperial War Museum is good.

Day trip to Blackpool?

HandbagCrab Sat 19-Nov-16 13:17:14

Do you have a car or are you on public transport?

Public transport - mosi, Manchester art gallery, football museum all easy to get to on the tram from Bury as they are in city centre. Manchester museum is good but a pain to get to imho as it is tram and bus or tram and a long walk. There's not much parking round it either.

Bury has a steam railway that is good. It has an art gallery, transport museum and army museum which are all small and you pay a little to get in. There's also cinema, swimming, roller rink, bowling, restaurants and a theatre in Bury town centre.

Personally, I wouldn't bother with Heaton Park, it's big but there's not much to do other than walk round it, though there is a very small farm animal section to walk around. Burrs Country Park is a short walk from Bury town centre if you'd like to walk round somewhere green.

Trafford centre on public transport is a pain too and there's lots to do but it's all pretty spendy, which is great if that's what you want from your weekend in Manchester smile It's heaving at the weekends as well so I'd go before 12 if you're wanting to get parked and for 10 if you want to go to legoland or sealife. Public transport is a tram to Manchester then a bus to the Trafford centre.

Hope you have a lovely time! Manchester and Bury are great!

MegBusset Sat 19-Nov-16 22:06:42

Ooh thank you everyone. Yes will have a car, not really interested in football or shopping, museums and parks more our thing. Plus visiting some retro video game arcade which is DH's reason for wanting to go - I've said that's fine as long as we also go to Salford Lads' Club grin

lovelyupnorth Sun 20-Nov-16 15:42:18

If you're in bury you have the museum of transport, east Lancs railway and the fusilier museum on your doorstep.

Meadows76 Sun 20-Nov-16 15:43:21

Airport has a viewing park where you can apparently see Concorde and a few other bits plus close views of the runway

lovelyupnorth Sun 20-Nov-16 15:43:56

Heaton park should by then have a fantastic new treetop course and nets.

You also have go ape at Irvington. And the fantastic indoor play area under the chill Factore ski centre - the play factore

notangelinajolie Wed 23-Nov-16 19:44:36

Just to expand on Meadows76 post re Concord. You can actually go on board Concord and look in the cockpit. I'd recommend that you buy tickets in advance especially if you are going in school holidays. We went when Concord just arrived and were disappointed that we were unable get tickets on the day - it gets booked well in advance. There are other planes you can go inside too but for Concord you need to pay extra. Its called the Runway Visitor Park.

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