Day trips to Manchester

From world-famous football stadium tours, to Treetop Treks, indoor ski slopes, and some of the UK's best interactive museums, you can pack all kinds of fun into an enrichment day trip to Manchester. 

The perfect reward after a busy term, this Northern Powerhouse offers history, industry, and culture in spades. Take an educational tour of The Imperial War Museum North, go behind the scenes of the BBC at MediaCityUK, or enjoy a school visit at the National Football Museum. Wherever your students' interests lie, our expert school tour providers are sure to create your ideal itinerary.

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Itinerary

Day Trip - Activity & Enrichment

Tour Day 1

Morning
Visit Manchester's Treetop Trek where your pupils will be challenged by the outdoor activities.
Afternoon
Free time at the Trafford Centre. You may wish to pre-book a visit to the Sea Life Centre or Legoland Discovery Centre
Evening
Arrive at school

Day Trip from

Based on min 30, departure point within 2 hour radius of Manchester

£75

Day Trip - History

Tour Day 1

Morning
Arrive at Imperial War Museum North for a guided tour
Afternoon
Visit the National Justice Museum for a virtual courtroom workshop
Evening
Evening return to school

Day Trip - STEM

Tour Day 1

Morning
Arrive at the Science & Industry Museum mid morning for a workshop and free time around the museum
Afternoon
Visit Legoland Discovery Centre for a LEGO technology related workshop. If time allows you can have free time in the Trafford Centre for shopping
Evening
Evening return to school

Accommodation

Manchester has a number of good quality branded hostels and hotels which are suitable for school groups. These include the YHA, Premier Inns and Travel Lodges in easy reach of the city centre.

Study Visits

The Science & Industry Museum

The Science and Industry Museum sits in the heart of Manchester, the world’s first industrial city. It is a place full of amazing objects and revolutionary ideas that changed the world forever.

Explore Manchester’s rich legacy of innovations and discoveries in the Revolution Manchester Gallery. Find out how the city's heritage is interwoven with the cotton industry in the Textiles Gallery. Plus, see science brought to life in Experiment, the family-friendly interactive gallery.

The museum offers a programme of interactive shows, workshops and other learning activities for KS3 and 4.

Imperial War Museum North

The Imperial War Museum North gives students a chance to learn about the First and Second World War in ways they'll never forget.

With exhibits on themes such as the Blitz, evacuation, life on the home front, rationing and trench warfare, a school tour of the museum will truly bring history lessons to life. Studies of the inter-war period, modern conflict, and cross-curricular subjects can also be enriched by a visit.

Learning sessions include 'Ministry of Memory' and 'We Were There' - a unique chance to meet veterans and eyewitnesses. 

Legoland Discovery Centre

The Centre offers workshops designed to bring Maths, Science, Engineering and Language to life and encourage skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving. A wonderful balance of learning and fun! Key Stage 3 school trip workshops can be arranged. 

National Justice Museum

The education team offers school workshops in legal and heritage sites across Manchester and Bolton. Students have the opportunity to step into these professional courtrooms, learn more about the legal justice system of past and present and explore careers in law.

KS3 and 4 workshops on Crime & Punishment can be included.  

Greater Manchester Police Museum

This 1879 police station, and 1895 courtroom make the perfect setting for Victorian school trips and atmospheric visits. Tours last approximately one and half – two hours  and you will be led around the museum by one of volunteers, many of whom are retired police officers.

Stockport Air Raid Shelter

The Air Raid Shelters are a unique site which was excavated for World War II. Your school group will enjoy a memorable visit that truly brings 'The Home Front' to life.

The activities emphasise learning through a variety of 'first-hand’ experiences. Experienced learning facilitators will involve and engage your group as you visit this labyrinth of tunnels. To make their visit unforgettable, you can choose from either the Wartime Britain trip or the Evacuees Experience to learn about life as an evacuee in the Shelters.

Bramall Hall

This is a magnificent example of a black and white timber framed building. Built over many centuries, and added to greatly in the late 19th century, Bramall beautifully combines Tudor and Victorian architecture. 

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Cultural Visits

Treetop Trek

A hugely exciting, confidence building and rewarding activity, providing a fantastic opportunity to be active outdoors. On this unforgettable high ropes adventure students need to work together to help each other overcome fears and complete the course. The trek will help children develop confidence, strength, control and balance.  35 exciting treetop challenges including aerial obstacles like rope bridges and wobbly logs. It finishes with an amazing 250 metre triple zip from the 14 metre high Treetop tower to the shoreline. Race your friends to the finish line!

Legoland Discovery Centre

The Centre offers workshops are designed to bring maths, science, engineering and language to life and encourage skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking and problem solving. Discover the learning philosophy of LEGO Education in the thrilling atmosphere of LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, offering a wonderful balance of learning and fun!

Chill Factore

The North West’s only snow centre offers a unique learning experience directly linked to life skills, team building and engagement.

Trafford Centre

With its wide range of stores, over 60 amazing restaurants, a blockbuster at ODEON IMAX, the Sea Life Centre and Legoland Discovery Centre a visit to has so much to offer.

Manchester Climbing Centre

Manchester Climbing Centre is the North Wests' leading climbing facility located in a beautiful converted Victorian church. They pride themselves on offering the UK's best indoor climbing experience, providing something for people of all ages and abilities.

Manchester City Etihad Stadium Tour

Walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s best players with this fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Etihad Stadium and combine it with a presentation linked to the national curriculum.

Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium Tour

A chance to go behind the scenes at Old Trafford. See the stadium through the eyes of players and feel the atmosphere of the players’ dressing room – it’s your chance to follow the footsteps of so many legendary reds!

BBC MediaCityUK

MediaCityUK is home to many of your favourite television programmes including Match of the Day, Blue Peter and BBC Breakfast. It’s also home to Radio 5 live, CBBC, BBC Sport and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Join a BBC Tour and go behind the scenes to see how these and many other programmes are produced.

Chocolate Collective

Chocolate Collective’s school workshops are the ideal complement to classroom teaching and are a real favourite amongst teachers and kids.

National Football Museum

Explore the world's finest collection of football artefacts and archives, located right in the middle of Manchester city centre. 

Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport

Located at the end of the busy Manchester Airport runway, Runway Visitor Park is a unique visitor attraction creating a fun and educational experience.

Through an interactive session with your school tour guides that includes role play, with props that will be cleaned between sessions, pupils will learn about the different job roles that help ensure Manchester Airport runs smoothly 365 days of the year.

The group will have the chance to go into Concorde to experience what it was like being a passenger on board this iconic aircraft, and to learn about some of the technology that helped her become the most famous passenger jet.

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