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We haven’t been out on a new adventure for a while. With winter, a new job and Christmas approaching it was increasingly difficult to find time, and spare cash to get out and about and explore. If you’ve followed me or my blog for a while you’ll know that we love a good day out and it does the kids the world of good to get off their gaming consoles too.
Turns out, Manchester is a great place to go for a day out, with the museums, restaurants and the stunning architecture it really is quite lovely walking around and finding little hidden gems. The hotels in Manchester city centre are something else, the kids were fascinated with the beautifully glazed Hilton on Deansgate as it towers above the rest of the city.
We decided to take the kids to a couple of the museums. The best thing about these is that the majority of them are free entry. Of course, donations are welcome and the Science and Industry museum was first on our list. My son is very into his maths, science and engineering due to his mad love for cars so this was the perfect place to start our adventure.
I was more excited then the kids once we’d got there. Some of the machinery was brilliant and it was great to learn about things from the past as well as how things were made and how scientific discoveries came about too.
The highlight for my son was the trains, they were huge. Plus we got to have a walk around the warehouses and I fell in love with the area as it was so picture perfect.
By the time we’d made our way around we were peckish so we decided to head to the Natural History museum for lunch. Me being me, had completely misjudged the walking distance and so we ended up doing a lap of the centre, up Deansgate, found the pretty buildings, saw a Lamborghini and ended up hopping back to the Science museum for a spot of lunch.
They have an amazing deal on where you get a family meal for £30. This included three pizzas, two bowls of chips, salad and drinks. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, even the salad was insane with homemade coleslaw, quinoa and great salad. It went down a treat after a day of exploring and walking around the beautiful city. T
Manchester has a lot to offer in terms of adventures. You’ve got the Science museum as we explored above, then we’ve got The Manchester Museum. If you’ve got creative kids like my daughter then perhaps a trip to the Manchester Art Gallery would be well worth a visit.
You’ve also got the stunning architecture of the city, a combination of new and historical buildings that sit together perfectly. It can be a bit busy trying to navigate your way around so may be worth investigating and planning your routes before you get there.
Food wise, there is no end to the treats in store. I wanted to head to a little cafe called Pot Kettle Black. Unfortunately we didn’t make it this time but we found the Science museum bistro fulfilled our hunger needs well so we’ll save the cafe for another day. The Ivy looks incredible from the outside too and I hear it’s pretty good to eat at so if you’re feeling a little flash, pop in their for a foodie treat.
Have you been on a day out to Manchester yet?
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