72 Hours in Manchester - Family Itinerary
As one of the most exciting places to visit in Great Britain, the city of Manchester is full of energy, character and diversity. There’s no doubt that Manchester is a world-renowned destination, featured as one of the best places to visit in 2024 by the New York Times, Time Out and International Traveller Magazine and more.
Manchester is the ideal destination for families, with incredible attractions, special events and unique experiences to enjoy, guaranteed to create treasured memories. If you’re in need of some inspiration to start your adventure, we’ve compiled an itinerary packed with suggestions for the perfect family trip.
Combine this with the Visit Manchester Pass to make the most of your visit. This essential digital ticket provides free access to the city’s iconic attractions, including Manchester City Football Club, SEA LIFE Manchester, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester, Chester Zoo and the National Football Museum. You’ll also enjoy exclusive discounts at hotels, restaurants, shops and experiences.*
This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what’s on offer, so what are you waiting for? Manchester is ready to welcome you.
Visit Manchester Pass
Look out for the * symbol on attractions and restaurants that are included in the Visit Manchester Pass. Terms and conditions apply.
Welcome to Manchester
If you’re arriving into Manchester Airport, you can transfer by train, bus, taxi or pre-arranged car service to your hotel in Manchester city centre.
Once you’ve reached Manchester city centre, it’s easy to get around on foot, or by bus, bike, tram or train. Look out for City Hosts, who are here to help if you need directions, public transport information, or details of events taking place.
A city full of innovation and creation, you could choose from one of Greater Manchester’s free attractions to kickstart your visit to the city:
Discover world-changing ideas with science shows, exhibitions and interactive galleries.
Explore the free galleries and get creative with a regular programme of family activities
Uncover secrets of the Golden Mummies of Egypt, meet Stan the T-rex and more.
There are so many spots to stop to grab a bite in the city. Why not try one of the following:
Manchester is known as the Home of Football, so spend some time visiting one of Manchester’s two famous football stadiums or discover the stories behind the sport at the National Football Museum. Entry to the National Football Museum and Manchester City Football Club Stadium tour are also included in the Visit Manchester Pass*
Learn about the beautiful game with exhibitions, interactive games, tours and more.*
See the magic of City brought to life with this immersive tour.*
Go behind the scenes at the world’s most iconic stadium; Old Trafford.
After a fun-filled day, you’ll be ready to refuel. There are lots of places to grab a bite, but why not try:
On your second day in Manchester, hop on the tram across to The Trafford Centre; the perfect place for a family fun day out:
The ultimate indoor LEGO playground, offering an inspirational day out for all the family.*
Get up close to thousands of creatures including sharks, jellyfish, and green sea turtles.*
More than just shopping, there’s also bowling, mini-golf and a cinema to enjoy!
After an action-packed morning, head back into the city centre for something to eat. You could choose from:
Challenge the family to a little friendly competition. Try your hand at adventure golf, see if you can escape Manchester’s real, live escape room, or explore the city on a treasure hunt:
Play a game of mini golf against a backdrop of crumbling temples and raging waterfalls.
Can you escape? Solve the puzzles and try to beat the clock.
Have an adventure and discover the city by solving clues and following treasure maps.
After exploring more of Manchester, you’re bound to be ready for food. Choose from:
On your final day, why not explore a little further afield and head out into Greater Manchester. Choose from some of our top attractions, all of which are included in the Visit Manchester Pass*
Take a trip along this heritage railway – it’ll be carriage loads of fun for the family.
154 acres of glorious gardens, with natural play areas, set in Salford’s historic landscape.
The UK’s most popular zoo, with over 27,000 animals to see and 128 acres of gardens to explore.
Make the most of your final evening in Manchester and try something new at one of the city’s popular foodie spots:
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