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Top 5 Days out for FREE in Manchester 2015

Posted 23 June 2015

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We’ve found some amazing days out for you to try in Manchester – all for free!

If you’re looking for something exciting or new to try in Manchester, without spending a penny, then our guide could have just the thing. Whether you’re a footy fan or love exploring history, we’ve got something to make you smile.

Here are our top 5 days out for free in Manchester:

1.       National Football Museum

If you’ve got a budding Wayne Rooney or Yaya Touré in the family, why not head down to the National Football Museum at the Urbis Building. It’s completely free and there are introductory tours of the museum every hour from 11am - 4pm.

You’ll be able to find out the history behind some of our most famous footballing memorabilia, find out about great players of the past and present, and see the ‘finest football collection in the world.’

2.       Mandarin Corner, CFCCA

If you visit the Mandarin Corner at the CFCCA (Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art) in the Northern Quarter on the first Saturday of any month you’ll be in for a treat. From 1.30pm – 3.30pm there’s a FREE informal workshop for those with an interest in learning more about Chinese culture and the Mandarin language. You don’t need to book but you will need to be there at 1.30pm in order to participate.

3.       Heaton Park

If you haven’t popped by Heaton Park, then you’re seriously missing out. This park offers so much to do for free – why not bring along a picnic to enjoy after you’ve met Heather the cow or Ice Man the alpaca in the animal centre?

There are two great play areas and a boating lake, and if you visit on a Saturday afternoon at 2pm, you could join in with the photo-walk group. This group meets every fortnight to take photos and improve their photography skills. 

4.       Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport

If you visit the Runway Visitor Park, you’ll be able to get a front row seat to watch the planes take-off, all for free if you arrive on public transport, on foot or by bike. If you drive, you’ll have to pay £3 to park. Bring a picnic with you and have fun exploring the different aircraft on display. Children can have a great time in the free play area too. If you want to pay for a Concorde tour you can get up close and personal with an iconic jet and understand what it was like to travel in style (see website for details.)

5.       Greater Manchester Police Museum

Manchester has so many fabulous museums, it was hard to decide which to include in this guide. We’ve decided to feature the Greater Manchester Police Museum in the Northern Quarter because it’s a bit of a hidden gem.

It’s great for the school holidays as it’s only open on a Tuesday from 10.30am – 3.30pm (last admission 3pm), unless you are part of a pre-booked group, but we think that it’s well worth making the effort as there’s nothing else quite like it in Manchester. You can experience a real court room from 1895, a charge room from 1879, prison cells and much, much more.

We hope you like our suggestions and give them a try. Why not let us know how you get on via  Twitter?

by Christine Walsh

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