Primarily known for its vibrant culture, tourists love visiting Manchester as an alternative to busier destinations in England such as London, because it has lots of options regarding nightlife and shopping. Although it may seem like it upon first glance, there’s more to the city than being a proverbial playground for grownups.
Manchester is home to many cultural centers, which celebrate its rich industrial heritage as well as one of the busiest airports in the UK according to Parking4Less. However, there’s also plenty more to the city that can be enjoyed by the entire family, not just by the adults.
If your children are a bit older and love the adrenaline rush they get from sports, Chill Factore might be a good place to start. Whether you want to learn how to ski or snowboard, or simply participate in activities in the snow park, this place supplies your family with an endless number of options for snowy entertainment. Thrill seeking families can also head over to AirKix Manchester for some indoor skydiving.
Animal Sanctuaries and Zoos
Just about an hour’s drive away from Manchester are several zoos and animal sanctuaries the young ones will absolutely love. Chester Zoo, which was named Trip Advisor’s Best UK Zoo and 8th Best Zoo in the World, has 11,000 animals in 110 acres of land. Blackpool Zoo is also accessible from Manchester and houses around 1,500 animals. An good alternative to the aforementioned zoos is the Donkey Sanctuary, where you and your kids can see what they’re doing to rescue and care for hundreds of donkeys.
Checking out art galleries and exhibits doesn’t sound like the most riveting way to spend a vacation, especially for children, but surprisingly there are tons of family friendly museums in the city. Manchester Art Gallery hosts a bunch of art clubs throughout the month for babies, toddlers and adolescents. Some require bookings while others you can register the day of arrival. The Museum of Science and Industry is also a good place to go for kid-friendly exhibitions and shows.