Are you an Easter eggs-plorer?
Discover some of Manchester’s top attractions this Easter with Vantage. The FirstDay Group ticket gives you unlimited off-peak daily travel for up to five people for just £9.50*. So you can crack on with more of the fun stuff!
With the amount of fun activities to do along the Vantage route, you and your family will be spoilt for choice. Whether it’s learning something new at one of Manchester’s many museums or exploring the beautiful Pennington Flash Country Park, there’s something for everyone.
Discover the top 10 best things to do this Easter along the Vantage route.
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Top 10 best things to do this Easter
Discover the best family fun packed activities along our Vantage route this Easter. Simply catch either our V1, V2, V3 or V4 line at your closest bus stop, a route map can be found here. Alternatively, you can use our Park & Ride locations and hop on board from there.
1. Museum of Science and Industry | Liverpool Road, Manchester (alight at John Dalton Street stop for a short walk to the museum)
The museum is on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station and celebrates industrial innovations, scientific discoveries and ideas that changed the world. Here you can see working steam engines, textile machines, aeroplanes, cars and robots.
2. Pennington Flash Nature Reserve | Leigh, Wigan (alight at Leigh Bus Station for a short walk to the Nature Reserve via cycle path on A572)
Pennington Flashes is part of an impressive country park. The lake and surrounding marshland are home to a diverse group of mammals, birds and insects for you to discover. You can play a 9 hole golf course, ride horses (along designated paths) and fish (subject to permits) and there’s also plenty of nature walks to enjoy with the family.
3. Manchester Museum | Oxford Road, Manchester (alight at Oxford Road stop)
One visit to this museum won't be enough with its huge collection of over four million objects! There's something for everyone with displays on fossils, archaeology, animals and pre-historic life, featuring Stan a 65 million years old T.Rex skeleton.
4. The National Football Museum | Todd St, Manchester (alight at Princess Street stop for a short walk past the Arndale Centre – via Cross street)
Experience the world’s favourite sport at the National Football Museum. You can take your football fanatic family to enjoy the world’s biggest and best football museum. Learn about past and present football legends, stadiums and all the competitions!
5. The John Rylands Library | Deansgate, Manchester (alight at John Dalton Street stop for a short walk to Deansgate)
Home to a unique collection of books, manuscripts, maps, works of art and objects.
Activities during the school holidays include printing press demonstrations and crafty Peg Doll making for the family, as well as explorer tours taking a look behind the scenes.
6. Manchester Aquatics Centre | 2 Booth Street East, Manchester (alight at Oxford Road Stop just before Booth Street East)
The Aquatics Centre was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester so has excellent facilities including a full-size 50m swimming pool, diving pool, gym and health suite. Kids will love the flumes, while adults can relax in the sauna and steam room.
Free swimming for under 17s during the school holidays and special fun and floats sessions from 12pm (charges apply).
7. Manchester Easter Duck Race | River Irwell, New Bailey, Manchester (alight at Bridge Street Stop, opposite Salford Central train station)
Quack quack it’s back! The 10th Annual Manchester Duck Race returns and promises to be bigger, brighter and better than ever! Watch the rubber duckies race down the River Irwell and you can even take part. Enter by yourself, with friends or as a family for only £1 (per duck). Enjoy the races and spend the day amongst all the duck themed family activities. All proceeds go to support children following a Brainwave Programme.
8. Great Northern Warehouse (Cinema & Bowling) | 235 Deansgate, Manchester (alight at John Dalton Stop, for a short walk to Deansgate)
The Great Northern is an converted entertainment centre built by the Great Northern Railway between 1896-1899. What was once a 3-way railway goods exchange station is now a hub of shops, restaurants and more. There’s an Odeon cinema and All Star Lanes Bowling Alley, so if the weather isn’t great, this is a must!
9. Crystal Maze Experience | Lower Byrom Street, Manchester (alight at Bridge Street stop for a short walk to the experience)
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is the ultimate team challenge. It’s a frantic, interactive and fun series of mental and physical challenges. Based on the popular TV show, you and your team can solve puzzles and challenges in four adventure zones – Medieval, Industrial, Aztec and Futuristic. All are against the clock. Open to anyone aged 13 and over.
10. Easter at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House | Plymouth Grove, Manchester (alight at Manchester Royal Infirmary for a short walk to the house)
Visit the beautifully restored home of Manchester’s most famous Victorian author and join in with Easter crafts and family activities. Make Victorian-style Easter cards to give to family and friends or take part in the Easter Egg trail throughout the House. You can even help to decorate the Easter Tree!