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Manchester half-term things to do: February 2024

2 months ago

It’s no-one’s favourite school holiday but it’s here anyway: February half-term. So if you’re taking time off your normal schedule to look after the kids, make the most of it by planning a family day out to remember.

ConfidentialGuides.com has over 200 suggestions of family-friendly things to do and places to eat in Manchester, including lots of free entry attractions and days out for teenagers. We’ve also got a guide to kids eat free deals in Manchester city centre.

  • Manchester River Cruises Pirates and Mermaids - a recommended half-term day out in Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    Manchester River Cruises

    Activities

    Want to fall in love with your city all over again? Take a boat tour from Manchester River Cruises, and you’ll see its iconic views from a new and surprising perspective.

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  • Bury

    East Lancashire Railway

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    The East Lancashire Railway has a long and rich heritage, stretching all the way back to when the first trains steamed into Bury in the 1840s.

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  • Jodrell Bank in the sun
    Macclesfield

    Jodrell Bank

    Museums

    Jodrell Bank is a landmark. On a clear day, you can see its Lovell Telescope from the top of almost any hill in the region. It’s also a landmark research institute at the forefront of modern astrophysics. And it’s a lovely day out.

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  • 2022 09 22 Kickair child backflip
    Green Quarter

    Kickair

    Activities

    Kickair, an “indoor freestyle park” behind Victoria Station, is the kind of place that fills kids (and big kids) with glee. 

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  • Lego Batman and Lego Superman eating ice creams by Yulia Matvienko on Unsplash
    Trafford Park

    Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

    Activities

    Legoland Discovery Centre is Manchester’s ultimate Lego playground. If your children like building and creating with those brightly coloured blocks, then they will love it. There are evening sessions for adults available too so serious Lego architects can geek out undisturbed, otherwise adults (15+) must be accompanied by a child to visit.

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  • Manchester City Football Club's Etihad Stadium
    Beswick

    Manchester City Stadium Tour

    Tours

    Even if you’re not a Blue you can’t help but be impressed with the scale of the Etihad Stadium in this regenerated area of East Manchester.

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  • Statues of legendary Manchester United players outside their Old Trafford stadium
    Old Trafford

    Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour

    Tours

    Even if it’s not a match day, there’s plenty happening at the iconic Old Trafford stadium. The best way to experience it (aside from watching a game, of course) is to go on the behind-the-scenes Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour.

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  • Football boots on display at The National Football Museum in Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    National Football Museum

    Museums

    Where else but footy-mad Manchester to house the National Museum of the UK’s favourite sport? Explore the history of the beautiful game inside the unusual-looking Urbis building next to Manchester Victoria train station.

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  • Girls getting ready to skate at Paradise Skate World, Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    Paradise Skate World

    Activities

    Paradise Skate World is a cosmic-themed roller skating bar for grown-ups (and teenagers at certain times of the day). It’s not a professional roller rink, more a place to have fun, although the 4500 sq ft wood-sprung rink is rather lovely. Think galactic backdrops and light-up wheels with some cocktails and snacks thrown in for good measure.

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  • The People's History Museum in Manchester.
    Spinningfields

    People’s History Museum

    Museums

    The People’s History Museum tells the story of the development of democracy in Britain. It’s the only museum in the UK that focuses on the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters, and citizens who believed in ideas worth fighting for, like equality, social justice and co-operation.

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  • Canal boats outside Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne
    Ashton-under-Lyne

    Portland Basin Museum

    Museums

    Step inside the restored nineteenth-century Ashton Canal Warehouse in Ashton-under-Lyne and you’ll find the Portland Basin Museum. With exciting, accessible exhibitions, it’s a great place to learn about the people, history and places that have shaped Tameside’s past.

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  • The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Science and Industry Museum

    Museums

    Much like the once mighty industrial power of the North, Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has shrunk noticeably over the years. But it’s still well worth a visit.

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  • Trafford Park

    Sea Life Manchester

    Museums

    Sea Life Manchester is the city’s only aquarium. It isn’t enormous – for something bigger you’d have to travel to Blue Planet in Ellesmere Port – but there is plenty to keep the kids entertained for an afternoon.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria

    Activities

    TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria is a high-octane experience that’ll turn even the mildest contestant into a speed demon.

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  • A girl on the monkey bars at Total Ninja, Manchester.
    Trafford Park

    Total Ninja

    Activities

    Total Ninja is part bouncy-castle on steroids, part warrior training ground. The venue is mainly divided into two parts: an inflatable park and a so-called Ninja Academy, both of which are included in the entry price. There is also a free toddler area for under 4s.

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