Top 5 Child Friendly Places in Manchester


Get the kids out in the fresh air and make seeing the sights of Manchester more enjoyable with the spy mission treasure trail. Great for children aged 6 years and over, just follow the directions in the self guided map. (visit to order one for download or to be sent in the post) Solve the clues on the buildings and monuments to crack the code and complete the mission. Average time for the trail is 2 hours but it can be done at your own pace. For more treasure trails check out the website.


Located in the Printworks in the centre of Manchester take the kids to see a film. The perfect activity, especially for a rainy day. With ODEON kids running at the weekends and school holidays you can get tickets from just £2.50 and the films are chosen especially for kids.

Alternatively ODEON also offer a range of value tickets including the family ticket where adults pay child prices, special prices for children under 12 and teen tickets for ages 13-17. There’s even ODEON newbies which offers exclusive screenings for parents with babies (free entry for under 2’s)


If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s perfect for children then red hot world buffet, located on the corner of Deansgate and Blackfriars Street is the perfect place. The all you can eat has over 300 different dishes available from across the globe, including Indian, Chinese, Italian, Tex Mex, English and more. There’s also over 30 desserts available! Kids under 10 eat for half price and with so much choice available there should be something to please even the fussiest of eaters.


Take the little ones swimming to one of the 9 swimming pools located in and around central Manchester. Manchester residents aged 16 and under and over 60 can swim for free at all of Manchester’s swimming pools. Swimming lessons are also available for both children and adults.