Something for the kids
Make the most of your family holiday in Manchester! The lively city streets are full of sights to see, there is terrific collection of restaurants to dine in, superb sporting events and a wealth of attractions to keep the kids happy.
With that in mind, Holiday Inn Express Salford Quays has come up with a guide to some of our favourite attractions to put a smile on your faces for your nextfamily holiday in Manchester.
Manchester, known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, has kick-started so many influential moments throughout British history. Celebrating the city’s incredible past, the free to enter Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) isa gem of a visitor attractionin this great city, and it is truly fascinating for people of all ages.
Kids young and old will love experimenting with the hands-on, interactive displays; discovering how their skeleton works while riding a bike, taking a photo of themselves to display on giant screens, learning how X-ray machines work, generating enough electricity to lift a car and countless other fun, mind blowing puzzles.
There is also a chance to explore the amazing Air and Space museum complete with a Spitfire, a Shackleton Bomber and a Planetarium. You'll be wowed with the4D cinemaand even the hardest to please teenagers will be engaged by the live talks and experiments.
Be transported through the city's lifeblood of innovation and achievements, housed across a range of restored buildings (including the world's very first train station), the MOSI is a brilliant collection of interactive exhibits, incredibly fun puzzles and awe-inspiring engineering artefacts. Visit and discover the vital role of Manchester played in development of modern Britain; you can almost feel and hear the sounds as you travel through the sections of the museum.
Some of themuseum highlightsare the full size steam locomotives, textile mills and an exhibition displaying the world's first computer. We highly recommend a visit to MOSI, with so much to see, it's a fantastic, full day's entertainment for all the family.
Admission is to the Museum of Science and Industry is free - although voluntary donations are appreciated.
Open daily: 10am - 5pm
The National Football Museum in Manchester isa must for all devoted fans of football.
The biggest museum of its kind in the world, it contains the most impressive collection of football memorabilia, trophies, strips and stories that all chart the rise and continued appeal of the beautiful game.
Die-hard fans will be fascinated to explore the artefacts and history contained within the National Football Museum but even complete novices to the world's most popular sport will be entertained too.
You have the chance to see world-famous items from the most memorable matches like the 1966 World Cup Final Match Ball, Maradona's Argentina shirt from the infamous 'Hand of God' game. Visitors can even glimpse the very first rulebook, handwritten, and beautiful preserved as well as have your photo taken with a replica of the Premier League Trophy.
The museum isfantastic for family days outtoo! It's chock-a-block withinteractive exhibitsto keep the kids and big kids entertained all day long. There is a dedicated under-5s discovery zone as well as an area to dress-up in true footballers fashion... renowned for their questionable taste in clothing; this proves to be hilarious fun.
The National Football Museum is a very memorable attraction in Manchester.
Admission is free- (charges apply for theFootball + exhibits)
Monday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm
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Journey through the amazing glass tunnel andexplore the mesmerising oceanworld with the Sea Life Manchester Aquarium.
Treat the kids to a great day as they get the chance to get up close to colourful, coastal creatures and deep-sea dwellers. Watch their faces light up as the spend the day with the stars from Finding Nemo and make new friends with the crafty crabs, spectacular seahorses, graceful giant sea turtles and the scary sharks.
While travelling through the impressive aquarium, there is plenty of interaction along the way. Children will enjoy collecting all the stamps for their sea-life passport, watching diving displays and getting up close with the amazing array of creatures in the Touchpool discovery zone. Make sure to catch the shark and stingray feeding displays which are amazing and there is even an incredible octopus to spot too!
Fora very special experience, visitors have the chance to be underwater amongst the animals. Manchester Sea Life offers the highly recommendedSeaTrek dive experience. It's available for anyone over the age of 8, you don't even need to be able to swim and with specially designed dive helmets you won't have to worry about getting your hair wet either.
After a bit of instruction you are able to explore the beautiful underwater sights, complete with the gorgeous collection of marine life. It's an unforgettable experience to have the graceful rays and sea turtles glide by as you share their world.
Handy tips would be to bring a camera that operates well in dimly lit conditions. To see the animals in the best possible way, the aquarium has quite soft lighting. Another tip would be save money on tickets bybooking on-linevia Sea Life Manchester's website.
As well as being a leading marine conservation centre, Sea Life Manchester is a breath-taking day out.
Open daily: 10am - 6.30pm