Summer holidays are not too far away, and with it, the promise of fun family trips and warmer weather. Where better to enjoy some quality time than in Manchester?
Known as the largest metropolitan area in England’s north, Manchester has a long and rich history as an industrial powerhouse. Now, Manchester continues its legacy as a historical bastion while also thriving in non-traditional industries. Manchester offers everything from its blossoming art scene, music and nightlife, to crazy sporting events and retail. Manchester has something for everyone - are you ready to explore?
Not sure how to start planning your trip? We got you covered! Below are 5 fun things to do during your Airbnb stay in Manchester.
1. Football (Manchester United & Manchester City)
Are you football lover? Manchester is the perfect destination for you!
Manchester is home to two of England’s most treasured football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City. Attending a match at Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium or Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium could be the perfect way to bring the family together - unless you are cheering for opposing teams, of course. Stadium food and drinks, rowdy superfans, and world-class sportsmen create the perfect opportunity to experience what English football is truly about.
No game during your stay? You can still walk in the footsteps of your favorite players by booking a guided tour, available for both Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium.
2. Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Looking for something a bit more historical. Dive into Manchester’s industrial past at the Museum of Science and Industry. The museum focuses on England’s Industrial Revolution and how Manchester played a key role in its progression. This is the perfect activity for any family looking for an educational activity everyone will enjoy.
3. The John Rylands Library
Open to the public since 1900, the John Rylands Library is a destination worth visiting for any architecture lover. The historic building was constructed in the late-Victorian neo-gothic style and is now part of the University of Manchester Library. While being a gorgeous architectural site, the library also houses an impressive collection, worthy of any bookworms praise.
4. The Trafford Centre (Retail)
Anyone looking for some retail therapy? Manchester’s Trafford Centre is the place for you. Not only does the large shopping centre offer high end shops as well as affordable options with products ranging from clothes to games to vitamins, but the centre also houses a leisure centre full of fun family activities. The leisure centre is home to an ODEON cinema equipped with an IMAX offering VR experiences, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre offering LEGO-themed rides and build-and-play zones, and SEA LIFE Manchester, an aquarium with 15 themed underwater zones. Other activities available in the Trafford Centre are rock climbing, indoor golf, arcade games, bowling, laser tag, and the UK’s largest indoor skydiving and ski slope centre.
5. MediaCityUK (Home of the BBC & ITV)
Feel like you are in your favorite TV series by visiting MediaCityUK, home of the BBC & ITV. MediaCityUK offers visitors the opportunity to take a peek behind-the-scenes on the BBC’s interactive tour. But feeling like a TV star is not all the complex offers. At MediaCityUK, visitors can grab a delicious bite to eat at one of the MediaCityUK’s many restaurants, they can learn something new at the Imperial War Museum, they can watch a stage production at Lowry Theater, and they can even take a tour by water, hopping on a river cruise, exploring the canals that forged the Industrial Revolution.