Manchester is a city on the up, a regional hub that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. If you fancy a fun and varied city trip, here are some great things to do in Manchester.
History and heritage
Manchester is known as the world’s first industrial city, due to its prominent role in the industrial revolution. That proud heritage is well worth exploring. The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is an excellent place to delve into the past, present and future of Manchester and the world, and has a great hands-on, kid-friendly section. The People’s History Museum offers a thought provoking journey into centuries of protest and progress.
What to do in Manchester? Eat and drink!
There’s no doubt that Manchester has evolved into one of the UK’s top foodie destinations, with new restaurants, bars, cafes and microbreweries opening seemingly by the day. If you like excellent coffee and perfectly brewed tea, head to the city’s Northern Quarter, a vibrant and stylish district just to the east of the city centre. Stroll the busy streets, pop into the independent shops and stop for artisan coffee, tea and maybe even cake at one of the area’s many unique cafes.
Manchester is a city of firsts. It was the world’s first industrialised city. It was home to the first inter-city passenger railway. And the city now boasts Inflata Nation Manchester, the first indoor inflatable theme park of its kind in the world.
The first, and still one of the very best. Inflata Nation’s Manchester arena features a huge mix of activities for the whole family to enjoy, from climbing walls and assault courses to gladiator style inflatable duelling and the bounciest basketball game imaginable. If you’re looking for great things to do in Manchester for kids and grown-ups alike, Inflata Nation should be on your list.
Shopping and playing
The Trafford Centre is Manchester’s shopping paradise, featuring hundreds of stores, cafes and facilities alongside a changing calendar of shows and events. All the names you’ll recognise from the high street are there, along with a few you won’t. But the Trafford Centre is about a lot more than just shopping.
After a long day of Manchester sightseeing, the Trafford Centre rewards you with whole indoor streets dedicated to fine and casual dining. There’s lots for families too, including visual thrills at the Odeon cinema (with IMAX and VR experiences), underwater adventure at Sea Life, and block-rocking fun at the Legoland Discovery Centre.
Things to do in Manchester
So there’s our selected highlights of the many exciting things to do in this young and dynamic city. Don’t forget to include an hour of inflatable-based fun at Inflata Nation, the world’s most family friendly indoor theme park. We look forward to seeing you.