48 hours in Manchester: The family edition

48 hours in Manchester: The family edition

A lot of families love the idea of heading away for a few days. The weekend is an opportunity to do something a little different. Seeing new places and heading away for a night gives you the chance to experience a new place. But where to go and what to do?

Manchester is such a fabulous city in the north of England. A great place that happens to be extremely family-friendly. It doesn’t matter how you enjoy spending your time, Manchester has you covered. With that in mind, here is everything to think about if you are planning on spending 48 hours in Manchester. 

Where to stay?

One of the first things you will need to consider is where to stay. Luckily there are a lot of accommodation options in Manchester. Here is a couple to help you feel inspired. 


If you want a budget-friendly place to stay in Manchester then look no further than a Premier Inn. There are a few within Manchester that you can stay at but the Manchester Central Hotel is easily accessible and the perfect location for some of the best attractions, shopping, and restaurants. Prices start from £64. 

Check out the website for more details. 

Something a little different 

If you were hoping for something a little different and luxurious then look no further than the Stock Exchange Hotel. This has lavish surroundings but is still very family-friendly. Great facilities and beautiful rooms will make your weekend break with the kid feel a little extra special. Prices start from £180.

Check out the website for more details. 

Where to go?

Staying in Manchester might feel like a treat, but while you have sorted where to stay you will also want to fill your days with lots of fun. Manchester has an excellent selection of shops with the popular Arndale Centre boasting an array of high street shops as well as Selfridges and other designer shops in the centre of the city. If you are heading there during the festive season you will also get to experience one of the best Christmas Markets in the UK. However, there are other things to do during your stay. Here are a couple of suggestions for things to do in Manchester City Centre as a family

The National Football Museum

If you have any football fans then heading to the National Football Museum should be high on the list. There is a great exhibit full of football memorabilia and your chance to score some penalties and test your skills. 

Check out the website for more details. 

Science and Industry Museum 

Another great option to consider is the Science and Industry museum. There are plenty of interactive exhibits for your to enjoy and something for the whole family. 

Check out the website for more details. 

Treetop Adventure 

If you are a competitive family then mini-golf could be the answer. The Treetop Adventure is in the infamous Printworks where there are also a collection of restaurants as well as a cinema. This is a fab place to go with the family. 

Check out the website for more details. 

Other places to consider:

  • Escape Reality Manchester
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Intu Trafford Centre – Not only do you have excellent shops and restaurants but you also have SaeLife Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre. 
  • ChillFactorE
  • PlayFactorE 

Where to eat?

Of course, no time away is complete without knowing where to eat, and having decent family-friendly restaurants to go to is important. So here are a couple that is definitely worthy of a visit. 

Bills Restaurant Spinningfields

Bills Restaurant is a great palace to go to for breakfast, lunch, or your evening meal. They do an excellent kid’s meal as well as having a great selection of food on the menu for the adults. 

Check out the website for more details. 

Hard Rock Cafe

This is a lovely choice if you were looking for a restaurant that has a bit of atmosphere about it. The legendary steak burgers are definitely worth trying. 

Check out the website for more details. 

Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant

Sometimes you just want pasta and pizza, so heading to the Gino D’Acampo restaurant would certainly be a highlight for any Italian food lover. There is a great selection on the menu, but even if you didn’t want pizza or pasta there is also a good choice of grill options. 

Check out the website for more details.

Getting about the city

Heading around the city is easy. There are regular Trams that work and stop throughout the city as well as a free city bus that you can hop on and off. 

I hope this has given you plenty of inspiration if you are planning on spending 24 hours in Manchester with your family. 


48 hours in Manchester: The family edition

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