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For endless hours of family fun visit Alton Towers theme park, discover the Museum of Science and Industry or explore the activities and parkland at Tatton Park.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers is one of the UK’s hugely popular theme parks and water parks. There are nine roller coasters in operation along with other major attractions.  Here are some of the most popular:

  • Nemesis – one of the world’s top roller coasters
  • Oblivion – a roller coaster with a 180 feet vertical drop
  • Congo River Rapids – a water activity for all the family
  • Thirteen – The world’s first free-fall drop roller coaster.

The resort also includes conference facilities and a crazy golf course. The park hosts special events throughout the year, such as concert nights, a Scarefest event for Halloween, and an end-of-season fireworks display.



MediaCityUK is a mixed-use property located on a 200-acre site on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. The aim of MediaCityUK is to become a leading international hub for the creative and digital sectors.

Some of the principal tenants located at MediaCityUK include BBC North, ITV, Coronation Street, SIS LIVE, the University of Salford, dock10 and over 250 innovative businesses.


Tatton Park

Tatton Park is one of the North West’s most popular heritage attractions and attracts over 800,000 visitors each year. The estate offers visitors the chance to stroll around the award winning gardens, take a tour of the mansion, visit the farm, relax in the 1,000 acre deer park.

The stables is a popular place to grab a bite to eat and you can pick up a gift in the specialty shops offering local produce and gifts.


Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry is a popular attraction amongst tourists to the city. Showcasing exhibits on a range of interesting topics including aircrafts, computing, locomotives, industrial machines.

Entry to the Museum is free but there is a charge for using the simulator ride and 4D cinema. Opening hours are from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm daily.


Blue Planet Aquarium

Blue Planet Aquarium is home to a huge collection of fish, animals and insects offering visitors a chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s scariest creatures.

The popular Aqua tunnel is one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world measuring 70 metres. Enjoy an underwater safari and view amazing tropical fish and soak up the experiences of witnessing awesome sharks staring back at you. If you are brave enough you can even dive with sharks.


Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill is a popular museum and was the inspiration behind the TV series “The Mill”. The mill was originally built in 1784 to spin cotton and remained in production until 1959.

The workers all lived in small houses built by the Greg’s. An apprentice system was also introduced whereby Quarry Bank Mill employed child apprentices until 1847.


Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is a publicly owned art museum which houses local and international works. There are collections of fine art, spanning six centuries, which includes many major modern and contemporary pieces.

Collections include 19th century British paintings, decorative arts, ceramics, silver, glass and furniture. The museum is open all year round and admission is free.