If you’re looking for the best places to visit in Manchester as a family, we’ve got you covered in our awesome guide about the best things to do in Manchester for families.
Guide to Manchester for families
Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre
60 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DF
Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre is the perfect base for families. Conveniently located near so many of the city’s top sights and attractions, you and your family don’t have to worry about walking miles to see everything!
Yard & Coop
37 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW
This no-fuss restaurant in Manchester is one of the best places to eat for families with picky eaters.
Offering a simple, yet delicious menu with kids’ classics such as chicken nuggets and an easy-going chicken dinner, Yard & Coop provides a laid-back setting for dining in Manchester with kids.
The Corn Exchange
Exchange Sq, Manchester M4 3TR
Located in the city’s historic Corn Exchange, you’ll find a food court here with some brilliant food options for the family. Whether you’re looking for a lunchtime pit-stop or an evening meal, you’ll find every kind of cuisine on offer here. From Italian and German to Asian and Vietnamese – the options are endless!
Cocoa Cabana in Ancoats
7 Murray St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6HS
While some parents might be reluctant to take younger children here due to the impending sugar rush, if you have older children who would appreciate the fine art of chocolate-making, Cocoa Cabana is a fantastic place to eat in Manchester if you’re craving something rich and chocolatey.
The Wharf, 6 Slate Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester M15 4ST
With a huge outdoor seating area, The Wharf pub in Manchester is a great place to enjoy a pint in the sunshine with kids while you sip on a refreshing cold drink.
88 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LF
Undoubtedly one of the coolest places to bring your kids for a pit-stop whilst exploring the city, Black Milk is a milkshake bar with its origins inspired by the fantastical treats from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. From waffles to milkshakes to ice-cream sundays, Black Milk is the ultimate holiday treat!
LEGOLAND Discover Centre
Unit D5, Trafford Palazzo in TraffordCity next to The Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8AS
Located just a 20-minute drive from Maldron Manchester, another brilliant attraction to enjoy with the kids on a rainy day is the LEGOLAND Discover Centre.
Combining fun with immersive activities, the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre lets kids (and adults!) of all ages enjoy VR experiences, play with millions of LEGO bricks and there’s even an exciting 4D cinema and Miniland for them to enjoy.
Fletcher Moss Park & Botanical Gardens
18 Stenner Ln, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2RQ
Located just a 20-minute drive from our Manchester city centre hotel, the spectacular Fletcher Moss Park and Botanical Gardens are an idyllic place in Greater Manchester for families to hang out.
They’re open all year round, come rain or shine, so whether you’re visiting Manchester in the middle of winter or at the height of summer, you’ll have an awesome place to let the kids run free outside!
National Football Museum
Urbis Building Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester M4 3BG
Visiting the National Football Museum is a must if you’re a family of footy fans. Here you can check out the greatest display football memorabilia in England and learn all about the history of this much-loved sport. You and the kids can also test your football skills with their penalty shootout. Tickets must be purchased in advance with prices ranging from £5.50 for children and £10.50 for adults.
Science and Industry Museum
Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP
For a slightly more educational and cultural activity to do in Manchester as a family, head to the Science and Industry Museum for a fun-filled day including incredible exhibitions such as Amazônia, Mini Movers and early years construction.
Old Trafford Stadium Tour
Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA
If you’re a Man United family, you’ll want to check out the Old Trafford stadium tour. You can experience the “Theatre of Dreams” from the perspective of the players themselves as you walk through the player’s tunnel and walk out to the world-famous pitch.
Etihad Stadium Tour
Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF
If your family are supporters of the iconic Manchester City Football Club, you’re sure to enjoy a day out exploring the Etihad Stadium on a tour of the hallowed grounds.
A family ticket for two adults and two children under 18 is just £64 and under 5s go free.
7 Trafford Way, Trafford City, Manchester M41 7JA
The UK’s largest indoor ski slope, Chill Factore is the place to be in Manchester for families if you’re the adventurous kind!
Ride the slopes, head down the donut lanes and have the best time as a family. All of which is just a 20-minute drive from our hotel.