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Manchester Airport Local Attractions

People's History Museum


Housed in the Pump House, a former Edwardian hydraulic pumping station, the People's History Museum is the national centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain. Dedicated to the extraordinary story of ordinary people, the People's History Museum offers a new look at the lives of working people over the last 200 years.

Manchester Art Galleries


Manchester City Galleries manages four venues in and around the city: Manchester Art Gallery, Gallery of Costume, Heaton Hall and Wythenshawe Hall.

Whitworth Art Gallery


Internationally famous for its collections of art and design, the Whitworth Art Gallery is home to an impressive range of watercolours, prints, drawings, modern art and sculpture, as well as the largest collections of textiles and wallpapers outside London.

Imperial War Museum North


The Imperial War Museum North tells the story of how war has shaped people's lives from 1900 to the present day.

Heaton Park


Located in Middleton Road, Prestwich, Heaton Park comprises Heaton Hall and Gallery, Orangery Function Rooms, farm centre, gardens, golf centre and teaching range.

Lake District National Park


The Lake District National Park is under 2 hours away by train. You can walk, cycle and ride around the beautiful countryside to your heart's content. Canoe, sail or fish on the rivers, lakes or coast. Or simply enjoy taking in the tranquil atmosphere of this special corner of England.



Manchester Local Amenities

The Trafford Centre

Directions Tel: 0845 604 0608
Crèche Tel: +44 (0)161 746 9000
Shopmobility Tel: +44 (0)161 749 1728

The Trafford Centre, on the outskirts of Manchester, offers shopping and leisure facilities and is the largest centre of its kind in Europe. Hosting the major department stores and scores of speciality shops, the centre also offers an enormous array of dining and fast food options as well as a 20 Screen Megaplex Cinema.

Disabled visitors will find the centre very friendly with a dedicated car park, shopmobility, ramps and wide lifts.

Parents can leave their children in the Wonder World play area. The centre has regular children's entertainment programmes and push chairs and security tags for both parents and children are available from the Customer Service desks.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester

Address: Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS
Tel: +44 (0)871 222 2662

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is made up of a series of interactive features to immerse kids into a world where their imagination can run wild with creative inspiration at every turn. Featuring a whole host of exciting attractions from the Kingdom Quest ride to an amazing recreation of the North West's most iconic buildings, the Centre not only provides fun for LEGO fans young and old, but fantastic educational benefits too.

The Arndale Centre

Tel: +44 (0)161 833 9851

The Arndale Centre is located in the heart of the city centre and offers over 200 shops, major department stores, restaurants and fast food outlets.

Manchester Markets

In addition to the famous Market Street, Manchester hosts a number of speciality markets throughout the year. A full list can be found on the Manchester Markets website.

Attraction distances from Manchester Airport

AttractionDistance from Manchester AirportApproximate journey time (Car)
Peoples History Museum10.9 miles22 mins
Manchester Art Galleries8.5 miles21 mins
Whitworth Art Gallery8.7 miles21 mins
Imperial War Museum North9.4 miles23 mins
Heaton Park22.7 miles30 mins
Lake District National Park79.2 miles80 mins
The Trafford Centre10 miles15 mins
Legoland Discovery Centre9.6 miles14 mins
The Arndale Centre10.2 miles24 mins
Manchester Markets8.7 miles23 mins