Updated: Friday, 28th February 2020 @ 2:01pm

MM's top five... freebies and ways to explore Manchester on a low budget

MM's top five... freebies and ways to explore Manchester on a low budget

By Kim Richards

With Christmas approaching and families set to dust of the tree decorations but tighten the purse strings, but MM has compiled a list of top five free things to do in Manchester.

The National Football Museum

The recently opened museum offers football fans the chance to learn more about the beautiful game – and all for free.

Take a walk with the kids, kick a few footballs and have a hands-on experience while looking at memorabilia of your heroes.


Take in some culture through Manchester’s Chinatown, the UK’s second biggest town outside of London.

Ogle at the wonderfully weird food on offer and window shop to your heart’s content. Make sure to check out the Imperial Arch – erected in 1987 as a symbol of prosperity it was given as a gift from the Chinese to Manchester.

Take a walk through the town, and if your budget stretches, try one of the many restaurants including the world famous Yang Sing.

Sightseeing in Castlefield

Take a walk round Deansgate to the Castlefield part of town. The area used to be a Roman Fort and settlement so is one of the best green spaces in the city.

Various gates and defensive ditches have been reconstructed along with a Roman style garden. Pick a nice day and get exploring.

Museum of Science and Industry

Set in the remnants of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station the museum explores the north-west, and especially Manchester’s, industrial history.

The museum features hands-on activities for the kids and a café and restaurant for mum and dad.

When visiting make sure not to miss the experiment hall, where you create your own chemistry – or just a mess!

Heaton Park

Pack a picnic, grab the kids and don’t let the British weather spoil what could be a wonderful day out at Heaton Park, a green space on the outskirts of the city. There’s a play area for children and a large boating lake that’s perfect for a walk around.

There are also designated cycle paths and a golf course – so if you’re feeling active Heaton Park is the place to go.

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