Manchester Airport Local Attractions

Manchester is one of the most cosmopolitan, diverse and interesting cities in the UK! With everything from a thriving sports scene and famous nightlife to beautiful museums and countryside to explore just a short distance away, it really has something for everyone’s tastes.

Heaton Park

Local Attractions - 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

Local Attractions - Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park is under 2 hours away by train. You can walk, cycle and ride around the beautifulcountryside to your heart’s content. Canoe, sail or fish on the rivers, lakes or coast.

Old Trafford

Local Attractions - Old Trafford

A trip to the iconic stadium is a must for any football fan, regardless of your loyalty! Take a tour of the stadium or catch a home game to really feel the love of Manchester!

People’s History Museum

Local Attractions - People's History Museum

Housed in a former Edwardian hydraulic pumping station, the People’s History Museum is the national centre for the conservation, interpretation and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain.

Imperial War Museum North

Local Attractions - Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum North tells the story of how war has shaped people’s lives from 1900 to the present day. A truly interesting and humbling experience

Manchester Art Galleries

Local Attractions - 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. A trip to the Whitworth Art Gallery also comes highly recommended!

Manchester Local Amenities

Customer services: 0161 749 1718

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.

Address: Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS | Tel: +44 0161 749 2870

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.

Tel: +44 0161 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.

In addition to the famous Market Street, Manchester hosts a number of speciality markets throughout the year.

Bronte Country

Not far from Manchester and you hit the beautiful area known as Bronte Country. Wonderful wild scenery and plenty of gorgeous places to stay, perfect for a weekend away for even a day trip. Find out more at Bronte Country.

Attraction distances from Manchester Airport


Distance from Manchester Airport

Approximate journey time (Car)

People’s History Museum

10.9 miles

10.9 miles

Manchester Art Galleries

8.5 miles

21 mins

Whitworth Art Gallery

8.7 miles

21 mins

Imperial War Museum North

9.4 miles

23 mins

Heaton Park

22.7 miles

30 mins

Lake District National Park

79.2 miles

80 mins

The Trafford Centre

10 miles

15 mins

Legoland Discovery Centre

9.6 miles

14 mins

The Arndale Centre

10.2 miles

24 mins

Manchester Markets

8.7 miles

23 mins