Things to do on a rainy day in Manchester

Everyone knows what it’s like to plan some great outdoor activities with your family or friends, and then suddenly, the weather turns bad, and it looks like your plans are foiled.

So we have decided to share with you some rainy day-friendly activities to do in Manchester.

Manchester is a city well-equipped to keep its residents and tourists entertained on rainy days. From its world-class museums and shopping centres to iconic attractions such as Old Trafford. You can stay completely dry while exploring the city, all thanks to the extensive and very affordable tram, train, and bus network. And, many of the greatest indoor venues in Manchester have free entry!

Things to do on a rainy day in Manchester

Go to the cinema:

Nothing can beat a classic day at the cinema – especially when you need to hide from the rain for some time, and Manchester has some cool places to watch a movie.

From the super comfortable Everyman furnished with plush sofas and even offers bar-to-sofa service to the Printworks super-smart cinema – there is a cinema for every person.

Reach new heights:

The Manchester Climbing Centre has wall climbing classes for people of all ages, from kids to adults and families. The group sessions include one and a half hours with instructors and equipment for hire for around £15 per person, with a mixture of bouldering, roped climbing, and some auto-belays. The sessions are available throughout the week for everyone who is aged four or above.


Manchester also has two bowling alleys, Dog Bowl on Whitworth Street West and All-Star Lanes on Deansgate, where you can bowl, eat, drink, and stay clear of the rain all at the same time. All-Star Lanes recently underwent a huge renovation and now has a private room and even two karaoke booths!

Play some arcade games:

You can play retro arcade games in NQ64 on Short Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. This amazing place is also home to an underground drinking den where guests can relive their youth and enjoy the beverages of their adulthood.

Point Blank Shooting:

If you want to catch up with your friends, then what better place than Point Blank Shooting. This place has several simulation shooting games to play for both couples and groups. It even has delicious food and tasty drinks.

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry:

And if you don’t want to play games or watch movies, you can visit this cozy place.

It is a wonderful place to occupy you for a couple of hours, learning about the history associated with this amazing city and the mind-blowing science revelations. There are numerous things for the kids, from changing exhibitions to regular events.

The cafe is also just as lovely if you fancy sitting for a bit, having something nice to drink, and watching the world go by.

Manchester Art Gallery:

There are different kinds of art and design rooms that you can explore in this gallery. It also includes a child-friendly area. There is a lovely cafe which is a perfect place to read a book and watch the clouds go by.

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