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Best places for a family day out in Manchester

The weather has started to get nicer and warmer so you and the family start having that tinkle in your tummies of ‘where should I go?’, ‘what shall we do today?’ Well, if you are visiting Manchester for the first time, staying at a nice hotel or you are a local that would like to get some ideas on cool places to go with the family then keep reading.

On this occasion we’ve teamed up with Hotels.com to offer you what we think would be a perfect family day out route either to do in 1 or 2 days, depending on how much tired you want to end up at the end of the day.

We tried fitting everything in 1 day and we got back home exhausted, maybe it’s just we’re getting older! 🙂

Anyway, ready to start the tour around Manchester? Please, bear in mind that the Mancunian city is quite widespread and obviously we won’t be able to mention everything you need to visit but we are confident that if you follow this route you and the family will have a blast.

1st. Stop. Manchester Aquatics Centre


Not the first time we mention this leisure centre in one of our blog posts, but it’s true; location, price wise and pools make it worth saying it one more time. It had been quite a while since our last time. It’s perfect if you want to go for a splash with the little ones. The pools have jacuzzi and there are a medium side water slide and a small one, where your tiny chipmunk will look super cute going down the slide and getting all the water in their face as they reach the end!


2nd Stop. Recharge your batteries at Archie’s

Since you are already in town centre, not only that but you are in the busy Oxford road, full of small takeaways, restaurants, music shops and other type of stores you might want to try one of the most delicious milkshakes you have probably tasted in your life.

I am not exaggerating. If you are into: dairy milk chocolate, oreos, ferrero roche, ice cream, toffee syrup, butterscotch and many many….many more combinations, then this is your place. One regular milkshake is enough to fill you up and even though they could be a bit pricey (£5 approx.) they are totally worth it. Well, obviously if you are into more detox parsley-celery-spinach-smoothie sort of thing, then nop, don’t go into Archie’s…lol


3rd Stop. Getting a bit of fresh air at Heaton Park


Considered one of the biggest parks in the whole UK, Heaton Park, has got everything you need for a proper picnic day or relaxing walk. They have an open to the public farm that you can walk around, a nice cafe, a good size playground for younger and older kids and many walking routes around the park, with green hills and all the adventure that that implies. During the Holidays Season they usually run fun fair with very affordable price tickets, such as £1 per ride. Since it’s a very big park in Manchester there are usually events going on quite often so it’s worth checking their website to find out more.



4th and last stop. A nice family dinner at a family friendly pub. The Woodmans in Leyland.

Even though this restaurant is 30 minutes away from Manchester city, it’s worth the drive. The atmosphere is great. The staff are very friendly and most importantly the food is amazing with affordable prices. You can have from a good Italian lasagne and other types of pasta to a delicious steak. Kids eat free when an adult orders a main. So, everyone wins!


Other recommendations that we can give you to make your visit in Manchester a perfect one are:

  • Intu Trafford centre – if you are into shopping, you will enjoy walking around in one of the biggest shopping centres in the UK. Legoland and Sealife Manchester are located right next to it. 😉
  • These two restaurants in Chorlton are also incredible (not that family friendly though, due to space being a bit tight) but, here they are: Yakisoba (Japanese cuisine) and Bar San Juan (real Spanish tapas bar) -not like some other ‘imitations’ you can find out there ;)-
  • If you want another walk in nature, we also recently discovered Haigh Woodland Park in Wigan (Greater Manchester) it has a ‘High Ropes’ course for the kids. It’s pricey but it looks great! The park itself is beautiful and every time we’ve been the kids have a had an amazing time.
  • Also, if you are into adding a musical or some theatre into your visit you might want to check what’s on at The Palace, in town centre or at Media City, the Lowry, in Salford.

Well, we hope our recommendations will help you to have the best family day out in Manchester possible. Remember though, its the memories you build that matters, so even if at the end you only get to visit 2 out of these many places because you a have 3 year old that walks, well, at a pace of a little person or you have an older kid who fancies doing something different it is the time that you spend with them what you will treasure.

So enjoy!! By the way, comment and add to our list any other places you have liked visiting in Manchester! We love finding out secret gems out there.

**This has been a collaboration between The Family Treasure and Hotels.com We were gifted spending money by Hotels.com, but all views are our own.

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