Primary School Trips & Tours to Manchester

Manchester is an ideal destination for primary school trips.

With a rich industrial and sporting heritage, this Northern powerhouse is full of cultural hotspots that will fascinate your students - all within easy access of each other.

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 educational trip to Manchester. 

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Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Spend the morning at the Science & Industry Museum
Free time at the Trafford Centre. You may wish to pre-book a visit to the Sea Life Centre or Legoland Discovery Centre
Arrive at school

2 Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Depart school and arrive in Manchester late morning, mid-day
Visit the Museum of Science & Industry to include an interactive workshop
Check into accommodation for evening meal

Tour Day 2

Visit to the Imperial War Museum North
Time permitting take a self guided tour around the Sealife Centre, before stopping off for shopping at the Trafford Centre. Depart for school
Arrive at school

3 Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Depart school and arrive in Manchester late morning, mid-day
Visit the Museum of Science & Industry to include an interactive workshop
Check into accommodation for evening meal

Tour Day 2

Spend the morning at Legoland Discovery Centre to encourage skills in communication and problem solving
Visit to the Sea Life Centre
Return to accommodation for evening meal or as an optional extra we can pre-book a restaurant meal at the Trafford Centre with free time for shopping

Tour Day 3

Spend the morning taking a football stadium tour at either Manchester United of Manchester City
Depart for return journey to school


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. Those available for KS2 school trips include:

Circuit City
Forces & Flight
The Wonder of Light

Book your primary school trip to the Science and Industry Museum Manchester.

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 primary 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. 

Book your primary school trip to the Imperial War Museum North.

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 2 school trip workshops include:

  • Go-Cart: Combining STEM principles to identify a wheel and axle and where friction might be found. Students must predict the outcome of various tests using LEGO vehicle builds
  • Catapult: Focusing on engineering and technology, students apply knowledge and skills related to structures, engineering design, weight and counterweight, and fair testing via construction of a LEGO Catapult.
  • Robotics: Develop key computing aspects including writing and debugging programs by building and programming amazing LEGO® robotic creations and bringing them to life!

Book your primary school trip to Legoland Discovery Centre.

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.

KS2 workshops include Crime & Punishment, Courtroom Workshop and Tour & Play. 

Book your primary school trip to National Justice Museum.

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 (for younger visitors we recommend a shorter school tour) and you will be led around the museum by one of volunteers, many of whom are retired police officers.

Book your primary school trip to Greater Manchester Police Museum.

Manchester Museum

With four floors of displays and fascinating exhibitions scattered across 15 different galleries, you can view collections from all over the world at Manchester Museum.

Founded as a natural history museum in 1821, the museum is now owned by the University of Manchester, and offers an excellent centre of learning for primary school tours. 

From a fossilised Tyrannosaurus Rex named Stan, to anthropology collections from South America, this museum offers a great opportunity to immerse your students in Science and Nature. 

Book your primary school trip to Manchester Museum.

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.

Book your primary school trip to Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport.

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.

Book your primary school trip to Stockport Air Raid Shelter.

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. Offering an enriching destination for primary school history trips. 

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, students can spot herons and colourful mandarin ducks in the duck pond, before diving into the history of Bramall Hall with a fascinating educational session. 

Educational sessions on offer for KS2 students include 'the Tudor Experience' and 'Tudor Living History'.

Book your primary school trip to Bramall Hall.

SEA LIFE Manchester

SEA LIFE Manchester offers an astonishing aquarium experience where pupils will get up close to fascinating creatures.

Self-Guided Tours and Workshops catering to KS2 are available, with daily creature presentations on offer throughout the year. You can even book a behind the scenes school tour for a fully immersive experience.

Book your primary school trip to SEA LIFE Manchester.


Cultural Visits

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.

Namco Funscape

Enjoy a trip to Namco Funscape, a family entertainment centre housing 18 lanes of bowling, video and arcade games and Europe's fastest dodgems.

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!

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.