If you’re staying in Manchester over the Easter vacation and looking for something to break up your revision the city has plenty of attractions available.
Here are some ideas for cheap day trips that you can have in and around Manchester.
- Salford Quays
With MediaCity, The Lowry and Imperial War Museum North all based onsite there are lots of things that you can do at the Quays, and the regular tram service makes accessing the area very simple. You can visit the sets of Match of the Day, Blue Peter and many more by taking a tour of the BBC’s buildings. In the Imperial War Museum North you can find out how war has affected our lives from World War One to the present day through a variety of interactive displays and exhibits. If you’re interested in culture the Lowry always has a range of free exhibitions in addition to its programme of theatrical events, and Lancashire County Cricket Ground and Old Trafford are also within walking distance for sports fans.
If you’re ready for a break or just looking to get a bit of shopping done, there are also shopping centres and a wide range of restaurants around the area so that you can recharge while looking out over the docks. Or if you want a more heart-stopping view of the area, take a trip up the 100 ft Air Shard.
Cost: Return Tram from City Centre = £3 + Imperial War Museum & Lowry exhibitions = Free + Lunch (estimated) = £12 + Air Shard = £1.20
- Heaton Park
You may have already been to Heaton Park to go to Parklife, but there are plenty of reasons to visit more than once a year. It’s also the largest municipal park in Europe, so there is plenty of space for you to relax and enjoy the scenery (weather dependent!). There are also lots of activities and things to do in the Park, including: an observatory, a boating lake, an animal farm, bee-keeping displays, a restaurant and tea-room, photo-walks, Segway rides, orienteering and more. On top of all of these things you can do, there are a lot of external events that go on, from car shows to concerts. The Park is only a short tram ride from Victoria Station, so it’s a really easy way to head outside and enjoy the spring weather.
Cost: Return Tram from City Centre = £3.80 + Rowing Boat for 4 people =£8.50 /4 = £2.13 each + Animal Centre = Free + Pitch & Putt = £5 + Picnic Lunch from Supermarket (estimated) = £5
- Manchester City Centre
There are so many things to do around the city centre which don’t cost anything to do. There are a huge number of free museums, from the Manchester Art Gallery and National Football Museum to the Museum of Science and Industry. If you want to learn more about the history of the city, the Central Library has a number of collections showing the city as it develops, and the Jewish Museum in Cheetham Hill also offers tours of the area that housed Karl Marx and was home to the birth of the state of Israel.
If you haven’t done so already, walking around the centre of town can be a nice way to get to know the city. You can see the eclectic range of buildings that make up Manchester and different areas such as Canal Street, the Northern Quarter, Deansgate and Spinningfields.
Cost: Return Bus Ticket from Fallowfield to Picadilly = £1.80 (or free with a bus pass) + Museums = Free + Jewish Heritage Walk = £7 + Tea and cake in Northern Quarter (estimated) = £10
All prices were correct at the time of publishing.