Manchester’s Greater area is home to several medieval castles – each with its own peculiar character and an excellent sight for visitors to explore.
The Buckton Castle near Carrbrook (built in 1180) offers some spectacular views of Manchester’s Greater area.
Ullerwood Castle in Ringway is 12th century shell keep surrounded by a beautiful bocage.
Almost nothing has survived from Dunham and Watch Hill Castles, but the sites are great for families that love explorations and strolls in ravines.
Bury Castle’s remains drew attention in 1973 when amateur archaeologists uncovered stonework underneath a car park. If you’d love to discover more of this moated manor house, don’t forget to plan a visit.
Parks & Stadiums
Manchester’s “Heaton Park Farm & Animal Centre” is a family favorite: kids can pet all kinds of farm animals, enjoy a donkey ride, or have fun in the park’s playgrounds. There is also a lake for boating and a tram museum.
Queen’s Park has an outdoor gym, tennis courts and an outdoor theatre and a wonderful lake for boating.
“Wythenshaw Community Farm” in Queen’s park opens its gates for free for families and kids that love sports and farm animals. There are woodlands for walking, a running track, tennis courts and indoor botanical gardens.
Prestwick Forest Park is just the place for a romantic stroll or for adventurous hiking and cycling, while Fletcher Moss & Parsonage Gardens are ideal for visitors who seek a few moments of relaxation.
Old Trafford, the legendary home stadium of Manchester United and the “City of Manchester Stadium”, home to Manchester City FC, are definitely worth the visit.
Manchester’s Chill Factore houses UK’s longest indoor real snow slope (180 metres) – a true magnet for adrenaline addicts who love skiing and snowboarding – making it an easily accessible, fun and popular leisure destination for absolutely everyone. A 12m climbing wall adds to the whole experience.
Several water – sport venues offer canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, wakeboarding, sailing, rowing, paddle – boating and more. The “Salford Watersports Centre” is a great option for water-sport addicts, while those who prefer steady ground can practice climbing on the centre’s indoor climbing wall.
Swim lovers can also bring their family and friends to the “Aquatics Centre”: a 50 metres pool, gym, health spa and kid’s play area with water – slide.
The Manchester Racecourse will offer gamblers some genuine thrill.
Watching up close a fierce battle between Manchester United and Manchester City is an unforgettable experience.
Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry is an excellent spot for those who love learning.
Book lovers and ardent Christians must visit the “John Rylands” Library, which has some of the rarest collections in the world, including
- medieval illuminated manuscripts
- a Gutenberg Bible,
- the greatest collection of the famous editions of the Aldine Press
- and the Rylands Papyrus 52, who is considered the earliest extant New Testament text.
Soccer fans will love the National Football Museum, the world’s biggest and best football museum. Admission is free.
Manchester Museum boasts 16,000 Egyptian artifacts and focuses on archaeology, anthropology and natural history, while history buffs can also visit The People’s History Museum and the Imperial War Museum.