Top 10 places to visit in Greater Manchester this Easter
When travelling on Vantage you'll be spoilt for choice for places to visit along the route. See our pick of the best this Easter and don't forget, if you're travelling as a group, you can travel for less.
Wherever you get to on Vantage this Easter, tell us about your favourite day out for your chance to win some eggciting Easter goodies!
- Wild Whitworth at the Whitworth Art Gallery
- Manchester Museum
- Manchester Aquatics Centre
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Northern Vegan Festival
- Manchester Art Gallery
- The John Rylands Library
- Salford Museum and Art Gallery
- The Loom, Leigh
- Turnpike Gallery, Leigh
1. Wild Whitworth at the Whitworth Art Gallery | Oxford Road, Manchester
From 3rd - 15th April the Whitworth is hosting a range of outdoor family activities inspired by nature. You'll have the chance to explore the sculpture park surrounding the gallery with their Welly Walk trail, as well as painting in the mud studio, den building and nature-inspired crafts in the Spring Studio. Grab your wellies (and maybe an umberella!) and go.
2. Manchester Museum | Oxford Road, Manchester
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 Ancient Egypt, archeology, animals and pre-historic life, featuring Stan a 65 million years old T.Rex skeleton.
3. Manchester Aquatics Centre | 2 Booth Street East, Manchester
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).
4. Museum of Science and Industry | Liverpool Road, Manchester (alight at Portland 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 and cars, alongside robots and from 10th March - 13th May, a special exhibition featuring the Soyuz capsule, the spacecraft in which astronaut Tim Peake returned to Earth.
5. Northern Vegan Festival | Manchester Central, Windmill Street, Manchester. Saturday 7th April, 10:30 - 17:00 (alight at Portland Street stop for a short walk to Manchester Central)
This unique festival will have over 200 stalls, 10 world food caterers, talks, cookery demos, children's activities, yoga and most importantly, free samples to try!
6. Manchester Art Gallery | Mosley Street, Manchester
Manchester Art Gallery is one of the country’s most popular, with over half a million visitors every year. It has a 45,000-strong collection featuring six centuries of fine art, design, craft, photography and fashion, which is regularly updated to provide something new each time you visit. Families are well-catered for with an interactive art studio and regular activities and workshops for all ages.
7. 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 stained glass window workshops, as well as The Alchemy of Colour – an intriguing exhibition discovering the weird and wonderful ingredients that artists used throughout history to create colours.
8. Salford Museum and Art Gallery | Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford
The museum's star attraction is Lark Hill Place, a full re-creation of a street in a northern town. The street theme has now been temporarily changed from 1897 Victorian England to 1918, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and illustrate how it changed life in Salford. The museum is also home to over a hundred works of art and a variety of temporary exhibitions as well as activities and interactive workshops for families.
9. The Loom | Spinning Jenny Way, Leigh
Make a day or evening of it at the leisure and retail park in Leigh. Home to family-friendly restaurants and a multiplex cinema showing the latest films - a great idea if there's a rainy day during the school holidays.
10. The Turnpike Gallery | Civic Square, Leigh
A new, independent arts organisation in Leigh town centre with art exhibitions, theatre and film screenings as well as events and workshops for young people to develop their creative skills.
See even more ideas on fun days out across Greater Manchester this Easter!
Make the most of the Easter Holidays with our off-peak FirstDay Group ticket. Ideal for family days out, up to five people of any age can travel together on one ticket for just £9.50! Valid for travel all day at weekends and Bank Holidays and from 9:30 Mon-Fri.