Stockport Hat Works Museum of Hatting
Distance: 3.28 miles
This award winning attraction is made up of two floors of interactive exhibits taking you on a journey through the history of Stockport’s once thriving hatting industry. The museum is home to redesigned authentic hat factory with some 20 fully restored working Victorian-style machines and a fantastic collection of over 400 hats from around the world. Take the tour to see what it was like to work in the conditions and pressures for the fashion of Victorian hat making.
Stockport Air Raid Shelters
Distance: 3.42 miles
Visitors to The Air Raid Shelters can come and experience life as it was during the 'black out' of war torn Britain. A host of tunnels under the town centre provided not only shelter but a way of life for all the families in and around Stockport through the dark days of the Blitz. Step back to the 1940’s wartime Britain and experience the sights and sounds of the home front. This interactive tour takes you deep into the heart of war in Britain and the items to discover will keep the whole family interested. The Shelters won the prestigious Best Small Visitor Attraction in the 2010 Manchester Tourism Awards.
Distance: 7.58 miles
Tatton Park is one of the UK’s most complete historic estates and is home to a Tudor Old Hall, Neo-Classical Mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, a rare-breed farm and 1,000 acres of deer park. If that doesn’t keep you busy enough there are shops, a restaurant, an adventure playground and numerous annual events such as the RHS Flower Show, Summer Picnic Concerts with the Hallé Orchestra, car shows, antiques fairs and much more. 50 acres of beautiful gardens reflect over 250 years of garden design. The gardens are renowned for their remarkable glasshouses, the Japanese Garden, considered the finest in Europe and the extensive Kitchen Gardens. The working rare-breed farm is also a must-see with cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and donkeys perfect for a really great family day out.
Jodrell Bank Science Centre
Distance: 10.35 miles
Visit the Jodrell Bank Science Centre at The University of Manchester, for an educational filled day. Take a look at the Lovell Telescope, explore the planets, plus enjoy their café and gardens, where you can relax and take everything in.
Manchester Airport Aviation Viewing Park
Distance: 3.07 miles
Enjoy a great day out for all of the family at The Runway Visitor Park, at Manchester Airport. Watch planes take-off, explore on-site aircrafts and you can even see BA's flagship, supersonic Concorde! Then, take some time to sit on the raised viewing mounds and watch some of the 600 aircrafts, which travel overhead each day. For children, there is even a play area, or to refuel, visit the Ringways restaurant for some delicious home-cooked food.
National Football Museum
Distance: 7.53 miles
Regardless of whether you are a footballer, football fan, or live and breath for the sport, the National Football Museum is a great place to visit for all. The museum has the world's greatest football collection spanning the history of the iconic game and its trials and tribulations, with over 140,000 items. As well as all of this, visitors can walk through the football hall of fame, discovering footballer's history, teams and the icons that made and make footall today. A true enlightening and interactive experience with learning zone and number of events and activities the museum is great for all.
Old Trafford Stadium
Distance: 6.56 miles
The Old Trafford Stadium Tour is a chance to experience the story of Manchester United and their trials, tribulations, successes and domination in English and European football. Also open to the public is the Museum at Old Trafford where you can see 150 years of football history. Only at the Old Trafford Museum & Tour Centre can you see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves. Whether you’re a Manchester United fan or not, a visit to the Museum & Tour Centre is guaranteed to be a day to remember. Why not make your trip extra special by booking one of the Unique Tours where you can cruise down to Old Trafford from Manchester city centre on a canal barge before embarking on a tour of the Theatre of Dreams, or take a tour with a Legend from the club such as Andrew Cole.
Distance: 27.24 miles
Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house architecture and collection have been evolving for five centuries and visitors are not only welcomed into the home to explore these delights, you can also take a look at the decadent garden, noisy farmyard and adventure playground. Also experience a taste of Chatsworth in the shops, restaurants and award winning Farm shop, or if you haven’t been tired out by all that you can explore the beautiful 1000 acre park. Events, exhibitions and fairs are held all year round, so keep an eye out and don’t miss out.
Imperial War Museum North
Distance: 7.13 miles
Visit the award-winning IWM North to discover the heart-wrenching stories that reveal how war shapes lives, from a soldier’s last letter home to the twisted steel of the New York City's World Trade Center. Housed in Daniel Libeskind’s iconic building representing a globe torn about by conflict, IWM North offers a free day out like no other. Perfect for a family day of exploration, get the kids and big kids involved in learning how war has made us today. Enjoy a number of events and exhibitions, plus, stop for a bite to eat at The WaterShard Café.
Lowry Outlet Mall
Distance: 7.08 miles
The only factory outlet shopping in Manchester, the Lowry Outlet Mall is open seven days a week with prices of up to 60% below the high street all year round. With more than 200 brands found in over 80 stores, there will sure to be something for your shopping delight. There are a great choice of cafés and restaurants, free shopper parking and a stunning Quayside location, making the Lowry Outlet Mall a perfect shopping experience.
Distance: 8.03 miles
Visit the Trafford Centre and enjoy over 230 stores, all under one roof, for all your shopping needs. With nearly every high street store you can think of and much more, you will need a day and your walking shoes or you can take a break in one of the 60 restaurants, bars and cafes. To end the day enjoy a film in the cinema, with 20 movie screens, there is bound to be something worth watching.