Manchester is of course famous for its stunning architecture, of which we believe the Beetham Tower stands head and shoulders above other buildings. Manchester is world famous for many things, including its soccer teams, but it also offers plentiful entertainment for those not well acquainted with the offside rule! Whether you’re thinking about braving the family theme park’s fastest rollercoaster, or prefer to take a more laidback approach to life, Manchester and its surrounding cities have something to offer people of all ages.
Here are some excellent pointers to help you find the best family activities in the area:
Alton Towers Theme Park, Staffordshire
Alton Towers is a couple of hours drive from Manchester and offers some truly insane rollercoaster rides. Oblivion, Nemesis, and Submission are some of the larger thrill rides, but there are costumed characters, family shows, and plenty of attractions for the little people too. The theme park encompasses beautiful gardens and landscapes, which are pleasant to amble around and explore.
Pleasure Beach Blackpool Family Theme Park, Lancashire
This exciting family-friendly theme park is located in Blackpool, just outside Manchester and offers some truly heart-pounding attractions. Some of the best rides include. Highlights of this family theme park include over 125 attractions, the unique Wild Mouse wooden rollercoaster, the family-friendly River Caves, the Valhalla, and of course, the Pepsi Max Big One (Europe’s highest rollercoaster).
Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry
This wonderful historic museum offers amazing insight into Manchester’s industrial and scientific past and future. You can view the world’s oldest passenger railway station, which incidentally, is housed within five listed buildings, and view stunning galleries and collections. There is something here to entertain and excite everyone for the whole day.
Hiking in the Lake District
Walking might seem rather dull when compared to the thrill of the Blackpool theme park, but no one can fail to be impressed with the stunning, picturesque scenery of this beautiful area. The whole family will enjoy hiking, chatting, and rock climbing if they’re feeling adventurous. The climbing ranges from easy to difficult, and for the brave of heart, there is the Scafell Pike Walk, which culminates with a view from the top of England’s highest mountain.
Exploring Southport Beach
Manchester’s expansive coastline is home to a wide variety of wildlife. For the budding bird watcher, there is ample opportunity on the marshlands of this beach. On clearer days, it is easy to see nearby Blackpool from the dunes, and there is plenty of parking available – which means less fetching and carrying to and from the car. After your walk, you might want to give Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach family theme park a try, and tackle Europe’s highest rollercoaster, the Pepsi Max Big One. If you’re too tired, why not get a true taste of Manchester at the local pub?
Manchester is packed with family activities, outdoor activities, and huge shopping centers. In addition, it is a friendly city where the locals are more than happy to point tourists in the right direction!