Indoor activities in Manchester
Looking for something to do when the weather takes a turn for the worse? Fear not. Manchester has something to keep everyone entertained. From go-karting and escape rooms to fascinating museums and art galleries, you’ll find plenty of activities come rain or shine. Whether you’re planning a day trip from neighbouring Rochdale or Liverpool, or are travelling all the way from the North East of England, we’ve put together a list of the best indoor activities the city has to offer.
Located east of Manchester city centre, Chill Factore is ideal if you love anything ski-related. This indoor sports centre boasts the UK’s longest ski slope and offers plenty of activities for adults and children, from snowboarding to snow tubing and sledging. And for the younger ones, there is also a snow-covered playground area.
Legoland Discovery Centre
There is simply nothing as timeless as Lego. And Legoland pays tribute to their legacy. The Discovery Centre is the perfect place for your kids to enjoy themselves while exploring the karaoke room, the Duplo farm and the 4D cinema. It also features lessons by the master builders for the younger ones to learn all about the Lego world.
SEA LIFE Manchester
If you’re planning to visit Legoland, why not make a stop at Sea Life too? Located a stone’s throw from each other, you can even purchase a joint ticket to visit them both. Make your way through tunnels of exotic fish, including sharks, stingrays and turtles. And if you want to make the most of your time at the Aquarium, you can try their ten minute-dive into the deep with the special breath-easy helmet and wetsuit.
Science and Industry Museum
Located in the heart of the action, this is one of Manchester’s most fascinating museums. It shows the city’s technological and scientific evolution with interactive displays and exhibitions. Explore the Textiles Gallery to discover how Manchester’s history is intertwined with the cotton industry and enjoy unique temporary galleries like Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope.
Never tried an escape room? It’s about time you do! Breakout offers plenty of different themes for the perfect experience, from Harry Potter to Zombie Lab and everything in between. Whether you do it with your friends, family or work colleagues, the search for clues will be exhilarating. Escape rooms are all about team-working and problem-solving skills, so if you want to test yours out, there is no better way!
People’s History Museum
Tracing the history of democracy back to its roots, Manchester’s People’s History Museum is all about equality and social justice. Lying along the banks of the River Irwell, the museum follows the history of democracy from the 1899 Peterloo Massacre to the present day. It also hosts talks and workshops all year round to encourage conversations.
Air Vault Trampoline Park
A little further afield, around 16 miles north-east of Manchester, Air Vault Trampoline Park promises an experience like no other. From ninja wall and jump tower to obstacle courses and the inflatable park – this place is ideal for a gloomy day. And it’s also ideal for your body! Trampoline is a low-impact activity which strengthens bones while slowing down the ageing process. A dream for everyone, right?
National Football Museum
Calling all the football fans – this is the kind of place you don’t want to miss. The four-floor building is a love letter to one of the most popular games in the world, home to FIFA, UEFA and FA collections. Here you can see trophies, kits, photographs and films dating back to 1863.