Manchester with Kids: 6 Sights You Should

Manchester with Kids: 6 Sights You Should

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Manchester is an ambitious city with a rich industrial past that it’s very proud of. Like all major British cities, Manchester is steeped in the spirit of creativity and freedom. This unique blend of industrial focus and creativity has given Manchester a reputation as a very special city. That’s why it’s so popular among travelers. 

Indeed, Manchester will be a great place to spend a family weekend, and if you hire a car, the list of your options will be even bigger. So, pick up Budget car hire Manchester to guarantee a successful trip.

In the city you will find a lot of entertainment for you and your children, and you will have only one problem: what to choose and where to go. For your convenience, you don’t need to look for interesting places - we have collected the best ones and are ready to share them with you...

The National Football Museum 

This is the very first place where you need to go with your hire car. The museum is an ideal spot to have fun, kick the ball and, of course, learn more about your favorite game! The museum provides amazing interactive objects and games that will entertain everyone. 

The open areas on the 2nd floor are suitable for toddlers up to 5 years old – there’s a changing table, a soft play area, pencils and coloring books. Also, your children will like interactive toys. The cafe offers relatively cheap lunches, as well as a children's menu and high chairs for kids. 

Admission: free of charge

Address: Urbis Building Cathedral Gardens, Todd St

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

The University of Manchester has an active research center called the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. You need to hire a car to get there, as it’s located outside the city, 25 miles from Manchester. Here, with the help of four radio telescopes, scientists are monitoring space objects 24/7. 

The most valuable thing among the instruments is the Lovell Telescope, which is 89 meters high and has the diameter of 76 meters. At the tourist service center, you can touch interactive exhibits, as well as watch professional shows about the most important events in the universe.

Admission: kids £6.50, adults £8.50

Address: Macclesfield SK11 9D

Rock Over Climbing Center

This is a great bouldering center in the northwest of the city. Here you can climb the rocks, taking into account all the possibilities. The center offers a variety of options to allow children of almost all ages to participate, learn to enjoy the sport, while developing physical ability and dexterity. 

Parents and children can climb together. Of course, professional mountaineers and rock climbers work in the center. Classes are held in the hall and in an open area. A fully equipped Kids Play Area with two slides, a castle with tunnels, small climbing walls and lots of toys guarantee to keep your little ones entertained. 

Admission: Climbing wall - adults - £8.50, children from 5 to 13 years old - £5, children under 4 years old - £3  Playground - adults – free of charge, children - £0 - £3 (depending on age) 

Address: Park Garage, Cheviot St

Greater Manchester Police Museum 

Imagine that you are in Victorian Manchester, a city with gas lamps and narrow alleys, slums and very noisy pubs. Now imagine how many local police officers had a lot of work in the center of this city in those days. 

In the museum, you will learn how the police arrested the criminals and how the law worked. History comes to life at the Police Museum! 

Admission: free of charge

Address: 57A Newton St 

Trinity Bridge

One of the amazing objects of modern art that adorns the city is the futuristic bridge. However, you won’t be able to drive a hire car over it as it’s a pedestrian bridge -you need to park your car hire nearby. 

Trinity Bridge was thrown over the Irwell River in 1995. The project was developed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. He is known as the author of the project of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, as well as a unique skyscraper in Sweden. 

After the construction of the bridge with a 41-meter white arrow, some of the city's residents considered the structure to be out of line with the cityscape. However, today the bridge has become a favorite place for photography and walking. It looks especially beautiful in the evening, while glowing with thousands of lights.

Admission: free of charge

Address: St Mary's Parsonage

Manchester Art Gallery 

Manchester Art Gallery has many options for families, including the Clore Art Studio - free rooms for family fun and creativity, with a cafe that offers children's meals. In this room, you can draw, glue, and cut. 

On weekends, there are children's animators who can work with your children. For families with children between the ages of 3 and 6, the Gallery provides a unique experience. Kids can use binoculars and magnifying glasses that will help them to explore the collection of rooms in an interesting way. 

On the top floor, you and your children can visit the Gallery of Craft and Design to explore ceramics, glass, metal and wooden exhibitions. 

Admission: free of charge

Address: Mosley Street 

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