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6 Things for Teens to Do in Manchester, England

Updated on January 16, 2017
Manchester City Centre
Manchester City Centre | Source

Manchester is a popular city that attracts visitors not only from around the country, but around the globe. It's also a great day out for teens living in nearby cities and towns, such as the Greater Manchester area and Derbyshire.

This article suggests several attractions for teenagers who are too young to drink, and are travelling on a budget. All of the following places are within walking distance of Manchester Piccadilly Station (unless otherwise stated).

Chinatown | Source


Manchester's Chinatown is one of the largest outside China. It is home to not only fantastic Asian restaurants, but also shops and supermarkets that are fun to explore. You can buy things like chopsticks, books and crafts at the shop, try sushi at a Japanese restaurant, and buy unusal Chinese ingredients at the supermarket. It's a lot of fun and easy to access by foot from Manchester Piccadilly Station. It's definitely worth a visit if you're interested in Asian culture and cuisine.

Odeon IMAX Cinema, Manchester
Odeon IMAX Cinema, Manchester | Source

The Cinema

Going to the cinema with a big group of teenage friends is easy, fun and safe. Manchester is home to several cinemas, including the Odeon IMAX cinema just a 15 minute walk from the station, and AMC Cinema which is a 25 minute walk. Up-to-date showtimes for the IMAX is here, and the AMC cinema here.

Visiting the cinema is particularly good on a cold or rainy day, and gives you and your friends something to talk about afterwards. It's also somewhere safe and inexpensive to sit when you spend the rest of the day walking around.

Wheel of Manchester
Wheel of Manchester | Source

Ferris Wheel

A great way to view the city on a clear day is on the Wheel of Manchester, where you can ride the wheel in a safe pod, buy souvenir photos, and enjoy seeing the city from above. Tickets can be purchased here. It's fun if you're there with people who are new to the city, and you can enjoy learning about it whilst enjoying the view.

*Note: the Wheel of Manchester is currently unavailable, but will be back in action soon.


Laser Tag

Another indoor activity (that could also be coupled with going to the cinema), is Laser Tag. Manchester Laser Tag's indoor gaming zone is set in a haunted house style, and both children and adult games are available. There are different kinds of games, including 'capture the flag', 'death match' and 'VIP'. Alternatively, paintballing games are also available.

Manchester's Laser Tag is, however, not reachable by foot from the train station. You can get the 81 or 81A bus from Piccadilly Gardens, and it's around 55 minutes.

Museum of Science & Industry
Museum of Science & Industry

Visit a Museum

There are countless museums in the Manchester city centre. Depending on your group's tastes, you may want to visit the National Football Museum, which is free to enter (although there is the option to purchase a 'Football Plus+' ticket), the People's History Museum (also free entry), or the Museum of Science and History, which is rated as the second best attraction on Trip Advisor. Museums are often a surprisingly good use of your time, good for if the weather is bad, and are all free to enter. They're also all within walking distance of Piccadilly train station.

Spinningfields Ice Rink in winter
Spinningfields Ice Rink in winter

Ice Skating

Ice skating is incredibly fun and available in the wintertime when other attractions, such as the Ferris Wheel, might be unavailable. The ice skating rink within walking distance of the train station is Spinningfields Ice Rink, and is open from the 8th November to the 5th January. It's £9 for an adult peak ticket and £8 for an off-peak ticket (the first three sessions of each day), which isn't much more expensive than the cinema.

You don't have to be a pro at skating to enjoy the rink either - there's a handlebar for your safety, and it's not a difficult skill to pick up. You could end up really enjoying it, and discovering a skill you didn't know you had!

Enjoy your day out!

As a centre for fun and entertainment for lots of teenagers in England, Manchester has a lot to offer for a great a day out, for teens as well as couples and families. Mancheter remains to be a popular spot for visitors, due to its many museums, attractions, restaurants and great nightlife. It is a city definitely worth visiting.


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      Dan Lema 3 years ago from Tanzania

      Ferris wheel and laser tag...looking forwards for those...thanks for the useful info, this was enlightening.....

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      Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for sharing this hub on things for teens to do in Manchester, England. Nice job and good images too! I would want to visit the museum, cinema and Chinatown.