5 Fun Activities to do in Manchester
Manchester is full of fun things to do and lots of them are intertwined with the history of what made it the great City it is. Manchester has passed through Roman times and the industrial revolution, it has two football teams with over a century of history and success, and more recently has become the second home of the BBC.
Museum of Science and Industry
One of the most popular places to visit in Manchester is the Museum of Science and Industry – or MOSI as it is affectionately known. Situated in the site of the world’s oldest passenger railway station, five of the old railway buildings house an assortment of galleries and exhibitions from the past, present and future. There are lots of hands-on activities to take part in, whilst children can see what their lives would have been like if they had been born in the time of the textile industry via sounds and smells.
Whether your family’s allegiances lie with the red of Manchester United or the blue of Manchester City (or neither), visiting either of the grounds of these historic footballing giants is a great way of spending some time in Manchester. The Manchester City FC Experience takes in the stadium and the history of the club, whilst you can also be grilled in the pressroom, see the dressing room and walk down the tunnel. Meanwhile, you can go behind these scenes at Old Trafford and soak up the experience of where so many footballing legends have gone before you.
CBBC Tour at Media City
The kids will love this exciting interactive day-out where children between the ages of 6-11 can take a peek behind the scenes at CBBC. Many of the popular children’s TV shows that CBBC produce are made here including Newsround and Blue Peter, and kids can have a go at presenting the news or weather or get a feel of what it’s like to be a CBBC presenter. Don’t forget your camera if you go – as there are loads of great photo opportunities. The whole tour takes about 90 minutes which is perfect to see everything and not so long that the kids get bored.
Manchester Mystery Trails and Spy Trails
These are one of the less known Manchester attractions – but great fun to take part in. Simply purchase a list of clues and then spend the day finding the answers which are located on some of Manchester’s most famous buildings. Some clues are easy and some a little more difficult – but it’s a great way of getting the kids to learn about some of Manchester’s history in a fun way. The Spy Trail is very similar and starts outside the Town Hall and explores over 2000 years of history that takes in a Roman gate and also passes through MOSI. The difference with the Spy Trail to the Mystery trail is that you’ll be saving the world by completing your mission.