Manchester Cultural & Transition Yr School Trips & Tours

Exciting things have been happening in Manchester over recent years, and this vibrant city offers lots to see and do on a cultural school tour. Major touring musicals stop off at the Palace Theatre, MediaCity UK continues to grow, and the exciting tour of Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground is still our most popular visit.

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Morning flight from Ireland Visit MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) Manchester Theatre Performance
2 Tour of Old Trafford Free time exploring & shopping at the Trafford Centre Return flight to Ireland
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Morning Morning flight from Ireland
Afternoon Visit MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
Evening Manchester Theatre Performance
Morning Tour of Old Trafford
Afternoon Free time exploring & shopping at the Trafford Centre
Evening Return flight to Ireland

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Services of a See Off Representative at your departure airport

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices

Top visits

Old Trafford Stadium

Go behind the scenes at Old Trafford and see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United players! From the dizzy heights of the Sir Alex Ferguson stand to the atmosphere of the players’ dressing room, you can follow the footsteps of so many legendary reds!

The Lowry

Set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays in Greater Manchester, The Lowry brings together a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one roof. The Lowry offers school groups the best in entertainment and education in the arts.

The Trafford Centre

Situated just five miles outside of Manchester city centre, here groups can enjoy a vast range of stores along three miles of granite and marble boulevards! There are many restaurants and places to eat plus the Trafford Centre is also home to the Odeon 20 screen cinema - one of the largest in the UK.

Alton Towers Resort

Wicker Man at Alton Towers Resort
The World’s First Rollercoaster Experience Fusing Wood with Fire!

Wicker Man is a multisensory rite of passage guaranteed to get your heart pumping and senses tingling! Join the chosen ones on the world’s most immersive rollercoaster experience to date, unifying cutting edge special effects with classic wooden coaster technology for the first time! 

The Resort is home to an awesome choice of world first rollercoasters – enjoy G-forces greater than a space shuttle on the legendary Nemesis, brave Oblivion’s iconic vertical drop, ride The Smiler’s 14 loops or satisfy your need for speed on Rita – hold on tight! Younger guests will love exploring favourites at CBeebies Land including Postman Pat Parcel Post, Mr. Bloom’s Allotment, Justin’s House Pie-O-Matic Factory and the In the Night Garden Magical Boat Ride.  

Plus, with some of CBeebies’ most popular characters to meet, it’s the perfect place for children to learn, play and inspire their imaginations.  With over 50 rides and attractions, Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s number 1 theme park. 

Educational Talks and Workshops 

There are a wide range of educational talks and workshops available from KS2 to KS5. 

There are free resources available to download online which can be used to enhance your class visit. With 18 talks to choose from, subjects include; Mathematics for KS2 and KS3, Geography, History, Travel and Tourism, Business Studies, Design and Technology, The Science of Rollercoasters, ICT, Customer Service, Road Safety for KS1 and KS2 and Science and Citizenship: Snacks, Shelter and Safety for KS1 and KS2.

Your group can also enjoy an interactive workshop exploring the amazing wooden construction of Alton Towers' latest rollercoaster experience, ‘Wicker Man’, plus an immersive talk on the psychology of a ride experience unlike any other.

IWM North

Explore the unique coverage of conflicts for those living in Britain and the Commonwealth during the First World War, right up to present day. Expand on what you’ve studied in class and visit The Picture Show; this permanent exhibition uses visuals to bring people lives during the war to life. The museum offers Learning Sessions for youth groups to enable students to deepen their understanding of the life changing situations thousands of Britons faced.

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Explore ideas that changed the world at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. This national museum is dedicated to inspiring and educating visitors on the changes to industry from past to the present. Based in the heart of Manchester, the world’s first industrial city, and built on the site of the oldest surviving passenger train; the museum of alive with innovating discoveries in both science and technology. The museum offers exciting workshops for early years, through to Key Stages 1-3.

Evening activites

  • Theatre
  • IMAX
  • Bowling


We offer flights from a variety of departure airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
  • School travel company of choice since 1996