6 weeks of summer – up to 8 weeks for some schools, and unless you have a holiday planned you can often run out of things to do my the end of the first week. We have put together our list of our favourite things to do and places to go in the North west of England. Most of these activities are quite cheap so you can budget accordingly and never run out of things to do.


A to Z of family places to go in the North West

Airport Runway Visitors Park, Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, WA5 8XQ

Albert Docks, Liverpool

Alton Towers inc CBeebies Land, Farley Lane, Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB

Anderton Boat Lift, Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW

Barton Aerodrome, Liverpool Road, Eccles, Manchester, M30 7SA

Biddulph Gardens, (National Trust), Grange Road, Buddulph, ST8 7ST

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Blvd, Blackpool, FY4 1EZ

Blackpool Zoo, E Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 8PP

Blaze Farm, Wilboarclough, Macclesfield, SK11 0BL

Blue John Cavern, Mam Tor, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WA

Blue Planet Aquarium, Longlooms Road, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9LF

Brockholes, Preston New Road, Preston, Samlesbury, PR5 0AG

Bounce Below, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau, LL41 3NB

Bowland Wild Boar Park, Preston, PR3 2QT

Bubbles World of Play, Marine Point, Kings Parade, Wallasey, CH5 2HZ

Cadbury World, Linden Road, Birmingham, B30 2LU

Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

Carrs Park, Chancel Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA

Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

Cheshire Ice Cream Farm, Drumlan Hall Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9NE

Chesnut Centre, Castleton Road, Chapel en le Frith, SK23 1QS

Chester Zoo, Chester, CH2 1LH

Chill Factore, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Trafford Way, Manchester, M41 7JA

Cockfields Farm, Lees Road, Ashton under Lyne, OL6 8AR

Crocky Trail, Cottons Abbotts, Waverton, Chester, CH3 7PH

Delamere Forrest

Diggerland, Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, WF10 5NW

Donkey Sanctuary, Green Fold, Manchester, M18 8RJ

Drayton Manor inc Thomas Land, Fazeley, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW

East Lancs Railway, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY

Energi Trampoline Park, 4 Queens Retail Park, Queen Street, Preston, PR1 4HZ

Eureka, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE

Forbidden Corner, Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn, N.Yorkshire, DL8 4TJ

Formby Beach – this is a National Trust Beach

Flamingo Lane, Kirby Misperton, Malton, Yorkshire, YO17 6UX

Glebe Farm, Peel Lane, Congleton, CW12 4RQ

Gulivers World, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 9YZ

Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, M25 2SW

Hollingworth Lake, Rakewood Road, Littleborough, Rochdale, OL15 0AQ

Hyde Park, Lodge Lane, Newton, SK14 2JZ

Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield, SK11 9DL

Jump Nation, Trafford Park, Textilose Road, Manchester, M17 1WA

Knowsley Safari Park, Prescott, Merseyside, L34 4AN

Legoland Discovery Centre, Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS


Lion Salt Works Museum, Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, CW9 6ES

Longford Park, Longford Avenue, Stretford, Manchester, M32

Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NR

Lymm Dam, Lymm, Warrington

Lytham St Anne’s

Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, S60 1DX

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

Martin Mere, Fish Lane, Burscough, L40 0TA

Mattel Play, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AA

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP

New Brighton Beach

Ninja Warrior Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4NB

Otterspool Park, Promenade and Adventure Centre , Otterspool Driv, Liverpool, L17 5AL

Pavilion Gardens, St Johns Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE

Play Factore, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Trafford Way, Manchester, M41 7JA

Pony Patch,  Wimberry Hill, Cemetery Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 7QE

Portland Basin, Portland Place, Ashton under Lyne, OL7 0QA

Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Wilmslow, SK9 4LA

Red House Farm, Red House Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA4 5RL

Reddish Vale Farm, Reddish Vale Road, Stockport, SK5 7HE

Roundhay Park and Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Leeds, LS8 2ER

Sea Life Centre, Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS

Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 1AF

Smithills Open Farm, Dean Road, Bolton, BL1 7NS

Speedwell Cavern, Winnats Pass, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WA

Stamford Park, Hyde, SK14 4JT

Staircase House, 30/31 Market Pl, Stockport, SK1 1ES

Stump Cross Caverns, Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, HG3 5JL

Tandle Hill, Tandell Hill Road, Oldham, OL2 5UX

Tatton Park (National Trust), Mereheath Drive, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN

Tittesworth Water, Meerbrook, ST13 8SW

Total Ninja, Tenax Rd, Stretford, Manchester M17 1JT

Tramp 2 Lean, Moss Industrial Estate, Unit B2, Lowton, Wigan, WN7 3PT

Trentham Gardens and Monkey Forest, Trentham Estate, Stone Road, Trentham, ST4 8AY

Underwater Street, The Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1DS

Victoria Park, Birchfield Avenue, Widnes, WA8 6PX

Wacky Woods, Brookledge Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 4JX

Walton Hall and Gardens, Walton Lea Road, Walton, Warrington, WA4 6SN

Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, LL28 5UY

Wheelock Hall Farm, Crewe Road, Sandbach, CW11 4RE

Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN

Wythenshawe Wheelers, Wythenshawe Road, Manchester, M23 0AB


Many of these locations have deals and discounts for booking such as Alton Towers and SeaLife Center Trafford, if you are planning on going to a lot of the national trust locations then we would advise getting national trust membership, a family ticket can work out very reasonable and allows lots of kids so you can take friends as well.