Free Things To Do in Manchester

Finding free things to do in Manchester is possible.

Much depends on how prepared you and your children are to forgo the theme parks in favour of a visit to a museum or country walk.

The idealist (and skinflint) in me doesn’t find that too much of a conflict but it’s probably best to mix things up with the occasional more expensive treat.

The good news is that there are loads of great things that you can do for free in the north west that will keep the whole family entertained for a few hours, or even the entire day.

Free things to do with the kids in Manchester and beyond

  • Ten safe cycle routes for families in the north west Walking and cycling charity Sustrans has curated 10 safe routes for families in the north west
  • Walks: Winter Hill Transmitting Station By Simon Donohue There’s something truly spiritual about Winter Hill and the towering television transmitting station mast which scrapes the clouds above it, spreading signals of the region’s creativity to every corner of the north west. Built in 1966, this place literally helped to define the region still known affectionately to many as “Granadaland”. It is said ...
  • MIF 2017: True Faith at Manchester Art Gallery Part of Manchester International Festival, True Faith examines the artistic creativity behind the bands Joy Division and New Order | Dadsdayoff.co.uk
  • Shirley Baker Exhibition: A snapshot of life worth seeing but not celebrating  Review: By Simon Donohue Written in 1965, an article published in The Economist and forming part of the backdrop to Manchester Art Gallery’s fascinating Shirley Baker photographic exhibition provides a stark reminder of the constantly changing face of the twin cities of Manchester and Salford. The publication sits in a glass cabinet in the centre of the ...
  • Free and discounted Lowry tickets for Salford families Free and discounted tickets are available for Salford families though the Our Lowry scheme
  • Giant illuminated animal sculptures will be on show at Salford Quays at the end of May Illuminated art in the shape of endangered animals will be on show at Salford Quays between May 20 and 29. Lit up each night between 9pm and 11pm, the four sculptures which are part of the Unnatural Borders light show are intended to explore “the interaction and impact between human civilization and the animal kingdom environment”. The ...
  • February half term: things to do with the kids  Trafford Centre LEGOLAND® Discovery centre is marking the launch of the new LEGO® Batman™ film from February 10. Visitors can enjoy taking a photo with the caped crusader, a themed scavenger hunt and LEGO Batman™-inspired LEGO build activities. The new Jurassic Ranger Experience arrives at SEA LIFE Manchester from the 16th February onwards. Visitors will discover the depths of ...
  • Get ready to “bean bag” yourself a free family cinema experience in Piccadilly Gardens Residents, commuters and visitors to Manchester are being given the chance to enjoy a unique winter warming experience this January, as Vaillant’s Warmth Week comes to town. On Monday January 16, also known as Blue Monday, Vaillant will be helping visitors to banish the post-holiday blues, when the world’s biggest bean bag arrives in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. Open ...
  • Blackpool Illuminations light up Salford Quays You’re too late to see it for yourself, but this is what it looked like when Blackpool Illuminations lit up Salford Quays for Lightwaves 2016. Our favourite part of the event was being able to control the lights on board hundreds of little boats. Even without the light show, MediaCityUK is now a great place for a ...
  • Warhol at The Whitworth Kooky soup can artist Andy Warhol clearly wasn’t having so much fun by the time he started the work which is on display at The Whitworth art gallery in Manchester until April 2017.