Five places to take the kids in Manchester for under ten pounds

Five places to take the kids in Manchester for under ten pounds

Manchester is a lively and vibrant city with lots to see and do. It is serviced by its fast and reliable Metrolink tram system, which is inexpensive and good value. The city is easily accessible wherever you are in the UK due to rail links to many major towns and cities.


There is so much to do in Manchester for families taking a city break on a budget. All the museums in the city are free to enter and are a valuable learning experience, whilst also being lots of fun.


If you are in Manchester on a Friday and have little boys, they are sure to love the unusual Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum. There are many exhibits that will capture the imaginations of adults and children alike, such as a Victorian street scene and a Blitz scene.

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In addition to being open on Fridays, there are also open days on the first Sunday of the month. The Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum can be found at Maclure Road, Rochdale, OL11 1DN.


If the silver screen is more your family’s idea of a good time, then a visit to the Odeon IMAX cinema is a lot of fun. Boasting a huge screen that is over 26 metres wide and 18.8 metres high, 3D screenings here have to be seen to be believed.

A child’s ticket comes in at £10 and the cinema is situated in The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2AD.


A day out in the Trafford Centre can be a lot of fun for the family too and it doesn’t need to break the bank. Stop off for some tasty treats from the kids’ menu at Giraffe.

Giraffe is one of a chain of restaurants that offer healthy and tasty food at inexpensive prices. With the kids’ meal deal coming in at under £5 for a main and a drink, you can ensure that your little ones eat well on a budget.

There are lots of travel links to the Trafford Centre and you can often find special events such as kids’ shows and face painting, especially during the summer holidays and weekends.

The Metroshuttle buses are regular and even better, are completely free and serve all the major bus and rail stations in the city.


Why not visit Manchester Art Gallery and get creative as a family at one of their free family art clubs for children aged from babies up till 11 years and their families?

These are held on the first Saturday of the month from 1pm till 3pm and are a lot of fun. There is also a sign language interpreter available if needed. The Art Gallery can be found on Mosley Street.


Why not round off your trip to Manchester with a visit to The Football Museum, which is open daily with free entry? Marketed as the world’s biggest and best football museum, the whole family will find something to enjoy.

With lots of exhibits (charges may apply to some interactive ones) and a hall of fame, this is one of the most popular attractions in the city.

The museum plays host to FA and FIFA collections, along with the ball used in the 1966 World Cup final and can be found in Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG.

These are just five of the fun family things to do when you are in Manchester. When you visit you are sure to find more of your own.


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