UK with the Kids: Summer in Manchester

The summer holidays are almost upon us and a trip to Manchester is one of the best ways to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.

Hotels in Manchester are best booked early to secure great deals in great locations, ensuring a convenient and stress free stint in the city.

Manchester Cathedral from Blackfriars Bridge

Manchester Cathedral from Blackfriars Bridge by Pimlico Badger

Manchester is a central spot for discovering some of the most child friendly locations in the north. The surrounding suburbs and counties are brimming with attractions and activities to keep your brood entertained for days.

If you are travelling by train to Manchester, there is plenty to do close to the city centre. The Arndale Centre has a Build A Bear factory to create a souvenir of your stay, while the Lowry is just a bus ride away with its free workshops and children’s theatre productions.

Evening entertainment can be found in The Printworks complex. Treat the kids to the IMAX experience at the Odeon cinema before hitting the Hard Rock Café for a cool diner dinner.

Take the metro line from Victoria to Heaton Park station; this will take you to the foot of one of the most impressive parks in the city. Young children will enjoy the animal centre, playgrounds and donkey rides. Seasonal funfairs will keep the older ones entertained.

Kite Flying in Heaton Park

Kite Flying in Heaton Park by Fussy Onion

The X50 or 250 buses from Piccadilly Gardens will transport you to the Trafford Centre in less than half an hour. Here you will find the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and 4D cinema, as well as Paradise Island Adventure Golf and the Chill Factore winter sports centre.

Those who have travelled by car will find the Crocky Trail in Waverton, Cheshire, well worth the 50 minute journey. This is an outdoor experience like no other – a mile long activity trail complete with bridges, tunnels and mazes.

Hotels in Manchester fill up quickly – book early to avoid disappointment and to secure your preferred dates.

This article was provided by Travelodge.

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