Manchester Theme Park School Trips & Tours

Exciting things have been happening in Manchester over recent years, this vibrant city offers lots to see and do. You can spend a day exploring the exciting visits of Manchester including Old Trafford before spending a fun packed day at the thrilling Alton Towers Resort Theme Park, only a couple of hours drive from the city.

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 Alton Towers (seasonal opening April-October) 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 Alton Towers (seasonal opening April-October)
Afternoon Return flight to Ireland

On-tour support

On tour support available includes...

Top visits

Alton Towers Resort

Galactica is the world’s first rollercoaster with fully integrated virtual reality and will take you on a tour like no other. Providing unrivalled access to the wonders of space, Galactica will send you soaring through another dimension. Based on the Air coaster, Galactica is a completely immersive ride that will feature virtual reality headsets of each seat on the rollercoaster. Through their own personal VR experience and cutting edge technology, guests will fly beyond the stars, banking through wormholes in an experience that fully integrates with the thrilling twists, turns and drops of the ride. As the launch vehicle blasts through an advanced space travel portal to explore the beyond, guests will witness the birth of a new star as they discover the limitless expanse of the universe.

With over 50 rides and attractions, Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s number 1 theme park. Visit Alton Towers Resort and experience the next frontier of space on Galactica.

Educational Talks 
With a wide range of educational talks available from KS2 to KS5. The educational talks are approximately 45 minutes in duration, with time available at the end for questions. 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.

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.


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