Museum of Science and Industry
It may not seem like everybody's cup of tea, but the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry is a truly fascinating and varied collection of exhibits, displays and more, that will appeal to visitors of all ages. Fifteen different galleries crammed full of interesting items are housed in the key historic site of one of the world's oldest railway stations, Liverpool Road Station. Some of the permanent exhibits include Underground Manchester, where visitors can meander through a reconstructed Victorian Sewer system (complete with authentic sounds and smells); the Revolution Manchester interactive technology gallery; the captivating Collections Centre with anything from antique microscopes to Star Trek memorabilia; a 4D cinema; and the Air and Space Hall. The Special Exhibitions gallery plays host to several touring exhibitions annually. The Museum also houses a shop, café and restaurant, as well as several picnic areas. A highly recommended outing for the entire family, budget at least half a day to take in all the sights at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (better known as MOSI).
Address: Liverpool Road, Castlefield
Telephone: (0)161 832 2244
Transport: Bus 33 from Piccadilly Gardens. The nearest underground station is Deansgate (a five-minute walk from MOSI)
Opening times: Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. The Museum is closed between 24 and 26 December, and on 1 January
Admission: Free admission, though charges may apply for special exhibitions