Top 3 Free Things To Do In Manchester

Manchester, as we all know is a pretty big place. There’s plenty of things to do so we’re going to run down three of the best things to do in Manchester, and the best thing is, none of it will cost you a penny! Well, only fuel costs. Here goes!

The Imperial War Museum

One of five ‘branches’ of the Imperial War Museum, it’s the first to open in the North of the country and it explores the impact of modern conflicts on people and society.

It is only a short drive away from Didsbury, 15-20 minutes depending on traffic as the museum is located in Trafford Park which is now home to the Lowry cultural centre and the MediaCityUK development, both of which stand opposite the museum on Salford Quays.

The museum features a permanent exhibition of chronological and thematic displays which are all supported by hourly audio-visual presentations. Some of the things included in the exhibition are a soldier’s last letter home, to the twisted steel of New York City’s World Trade Centre.

All in all, the Imperial War Museum in Manchester provides a free day out like no other.

The National Football Museum

Founded in 2001 by director Kevin Moore and a group of others who were the museum’s exhibition curators, researchers and exhibition authors. The museum was originally based in Preston at the oldest continuously used football league ground in the world, Deepdale. The home of Preston North End.

Due to funding restrictions the museum moved its base from Preston to the Urbis building in the centre of Manchester and re-opened in July 2012.

Admission to the museum is free and with around 2,500 items from the museum’s collections on display at any one time, you’ll not be short of things to admire such as the ball from the 1966 World Cup Final, the replica of the Jules Rimet Trophy which was made in secret by the FA after the original was stolen and paraded by the England team at the World Cup Final in 1966.

If you do fancy going to the National Football Museum, it’s only 20 minutes away from Didsbury in the centre of Manchester, not far at all.

The Museum Of Science And Industry

Probably the one museum in Manchester that everyone has heard of, but it’s a good one! It’s an extremely large (2.8 hectares to be precise) site which is situated in the heart of 19th-century industrial Manchester.

Ranked 23rd in the country in terms of most popular museums, the Museum of Science and Industry gets over half a millions visitors every year.

Some of the exhibitions that are at the museum include a complete RAF Avro Shackleton and a couple of other Avro machines which were built locally. A replica of the Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine and a ‘Connected Earth’ gallery which tells the story and history of communications in Manchester and the North West of England.

As with the previous two, the Museum of Science and Industry is only 20 minutes or so away from Didsbury by car.

To Conclude…

So, if you’re part of a house share in Didsbury and you’re stuck for things to do at the weekend, why not check out one of these three places we’ve listed? We’re sure you’ll have a cracking day out!