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Manchester Primary School Trips & Tours

This lively city offers a colourful array of educational and cultural visits. For an unforgettable primary school trip to Manchester, make sure you book tickets to see one of the major touring musicals at the Palace Theatre during your study tour to the city.

Exciting things have been happening in Manchester over recent years, and a Manchester school trip offers lots to see and do. 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...

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.

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.

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.

The Manchester Museum

This museum, based at the University of Manchester, is host to a mix of collections. From natural history to technology, dinosaur skeletons to mummies from Ancient Egypt, this diverse museum showcases objects which will engage and education any mind. With free, public tour running throughout the week, this would be a fantastic time for generate the students interest and gain and insightful view into the museums history and the collections housed here. 

Legoland Discovery Centre

Inspire your students imaginations with educational play that harnesses the limitless creative possibilities of LEGO® bricks. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre offer hands-on learning across the curriculum, including science, mathematics, language arts, technology, and engineering design, while building and reinforcing Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. There’s also a wealth of attractions with two rides, 4D cinema and more.

SEA LIFE Manchester

With hands-on experiences with fascinating educational workshops, SEA LIFE Manchester offers groups an astonishing aquarium experience where students will get up close to fascinating creatures from captivating sharks over humble starfish and seahorses to graceful ray. Younger students’ curiosity will be peaked as they become top rock pool explorers while older students can learn more about our local conservation initiatives and our Breed, Rescue, Protect projects.

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