What to do in Manchester when it rains

what to do in manchester when it rains

Let me guess, you are visiting Manchester and it started raining? Yeah, I know… That happens a lot around here. 


The weather in Manchester is pretty unpredictable and to be completely honest, it does rain a lot! 


The good news though, as it does rain all the time, we are pretty used to it! Therefore, there is plenty to do in Manchester when it rains! Whether you are staying for 1 day or more, you will be spoilt for choice!


Also, let’s be positive, we all expect at least a bit of rain when we go to England. That would be more disappointing if you’d be in Spain! 


So let’s discover what you can do in Manchester when it rains!


things to do in manchester when it rains


Museums & Galleries


If you are into art and culture, you will love your time in Manchester! There are many museums and galleries spread across the city. It’s the perfect activity to stay dry!


Here are some of the best museums in Manchester:


Museum of Science and Industry


Address: Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 10 am-5 pm

Tickets: Free!


Manchester Museum


Address: University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL

Opening hours: 10 am-5 pm all day except Thursday 10 am-9 pm

Tickets: Free!


Manchester Art Gallery


Address: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 10 am-5 pm

Tickets: Free!


Museum of Transport Greater Manchester


Address: Boyle St, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8UW

Opening hours: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday – 10 am-4:30 pm

Tickets: £5


People’s History of Manchester 


Address: New Ct St, Manchester M3 3ER

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 10 am – 5 pm




Address: 2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN

Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 12:00 – 20:00, Sun: 12:00 – 18:00

Tickets: Free!


Whitworth Art Gallery


Address: Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER

Opening hours: 10 am-5 pm all days except Thursday 10 am-9 pm

Tickets: Free!


Salford Museum and Art Gallery


Address: Crescent, Salford M5 4WU

Opening hours: Monday – Closed, Tuesday to Friday – 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturday to Sunday – 11:30am-4pm

Tickets: Free!


Football activities


For a lot of people, Manchester is synonymous with football. And you are quite right, it is a very important part of the Mancunian culture. 

If you like sports or more specifically Manchester United or Manchester City, you will find plenty of activities to do! And they are all particularly suitable when it rains.


Etihad stadium visit and museum


If you are a Manchester City fan, the Etihad Stadium is a must-do! The tour is a behind-the-scenes showcase of the inner workings of the football club. You will discover areas normally off-limits to the public such as the press conference room, the players’ tunnel, The away dressing room, The First Team warm-up area, and more!


Address: Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF

Tickets: Information and latest prices are here.


Old Trafford visit and museum


If you are a Manchester United fan, you can get the same kind of tour at Old Trafford. If you go on the Stadium tour, you will discover behind the scenes like the dugouts, tunnel and dressing room too. You will also get access to the museum and you’ll also get a souvenir guide and great gift to take away.


Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA

Tickets: Information and prices are available here.


Football museum


Fun fact about Manchester! Did you know that Manchester was the birthplace of the world’s first professional football league? It was created at the Royal Hotel, Piccadilly, in 1888.


That plus the fact that we have two very famous football teams, I think it’s safe to say that when it comes to football, Manchester has a hell of a lot to say!


Which is why we’ve got the Football Museum!


Open every day from 10 am-5 pm, you will need an entrance ticket to access the museum.


Once inside, you’ll see it’s much more than just a museum. It’s interactive and very good fun. 


You will get to: 

  • Get your photo taken with famous trophies
  • Discover must-see collections of memorabilia from the past of English football
  • Remember the drama and emotions of famous matches
  • Have fun testing your skills with the Penalty Shootout Challenge


If you are interested in knowing more about English football, I’d highly recommend going on the guided tour. They take about 40 minutes and are included in the price of your ticket!


They work on a first come first served basis and run between 11 AM and 12 PM, 1 PM and 2 PM, and 2 PM and 3 PM.


Address: Urbis Building Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester M4 3BG

Opening hours: All days. 10 am to 5 pm

Tickets: Entrance costs £10 and can be booked here.


Other Indoor activities


There are many other indoor activities that you can do in Manchester when it rains. Here is the list. 


Go to the Printworks


The Printworks is Manchester’s number one spot for entertainment! You will find there many things to do! It’s perfect for families and friends that just want to have fun. 

When you walk in the Printworks, you feel a bit like being thrown into some sort of movie set. You will find there many restaurants and bars. 


Address: 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS


Treetop Adventure mini golf


If you fancy a bit of fun, this jungle-themed mini golf is for you! Located next to Weatherspoon, you will discover an actual jungle themed mini golf. 

Trees, water, parrots… you have them all! 


It’s very good fun and you can be assured to always have a good time!


Address: The Printworks, 7 Dantzic St, Manchester, M4 2BS

Tickets: Can be booked onsite or online


VUE cinema


The Printworks is also home to one of the cheapest cinemas in Manchester: VUE. Tickets are at £4.99 every day! And they even have some offers on certain days of the week.


Address: The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS

Tickets: Can be booked onsite or online


Crystal Maze


Have you ever dreamt of participating in the famous Channel 5 show, Crystal Maze? Then your dream is about to come true! 


You can play a real-life version of Crystal Maze in Manchester!


Located by the Museum of Science and Industry, the Crystal Maze Live Experience is the perfect thing to do in Manchester when it rains!

If you are a group and can play as a team, I would highly recommend it, it’s so much fun! You book tickets even for only 1 person but it is the perfect example of the more the merrier. 


Address: The Crystal Maze Studios, Lower Byrom St, Manchester M3 4FP

Tickets: You can book tickets on their website


Skiing at the chill factore


Who said we couldn’t ski in the UK? 

Manchester is home to the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope! The Chill factore opened its doors in 2007 and since then has become one of the leading UK visitor attractions. 


So if you fancy hitting the slope with skis or a snowboard, go for it!


This activity is suitable for every age and also has many activities for children. 


A good day of fun is ahead of you! 


Address: Unit 6 Trafford Way, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M41 7JA

Tickets: You can book a slot or lesson on their website. 




Sealife needs no introduction but did you know there was one in Manchester

If you want to go on a journey through the underwater tunnel as sharks, jellyfish and rays swim overhead, Sealife will be perfect for you! 


You will discover many marine species and even get to touch some of them (although if you do, please be nice with them. I don’t really like to recommend these things but it would be impossible not to mention it in an article about things to do in Manchester when it rains).


Address: Barton Square intu Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8AS

Tickets: Information and prices are available here.


Culinary activities


Discover British Cuisine


There is nothing better than grabbing a nice and hot meal when it’s raining! 


Manchester is full of restaurants and pubs! While the showers last, take that time to discover some amazing British dishes


You can choose to go for:

  • A full English breakfast 
  • A Sunday roast (on Sundays of course)
  • A brunch
  • Afternoon tea. 


I particularly recommend TROF in the Northern Quarter when it comes to traditional British places and food. But honestly, there are many other great ones!


Food tour


Another option for the foodies out there is to go on a food tour! For this one, please note that you will have to be outside a bit more than any other activities mentioned in this article. However, you will obviously go from pub to pub which means that you will be indoors most of the time. 


During the tour, you will get to savour many local delicacies across the city. Perfect to embed yourself in the local culture and be full!


You will learn plenty about Manchester through food and drinks so no matter which options you choose, don’t overlook this part!


For more information and prices, head here.


Going to see a play or musical


Manchester is home to many theatres and we always have amazing shows coming. Book of Mormon, Lion King, Amelie, Mathilda, Back to the Future… they all step a foot in Manchester. 


Shows are running every day so you will always find something to watch! Generally, matinees are less busy so that can be a good option. 


Here are the theatres to check out: 


Palace theatre


Address: 97 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6FT

Tickets: Book here


Opera House


Address: 3 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP

Tickets: Book here




Address: The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

Tickets: Book here


Going shopping


Manchester is a pretty amazing place to go shopping. Of course, there are many shops everywhere but it’s also home to some of the biggest commercial centres in the UK: the Arndale and Trafford Centre


The Arndale is located in the centre, on market street, which is very convenient. You will find plenty of shops there. However, if you get a chance, I’d totally recommend going to the Trafford Centre. 


Trafford Centre is way more than a commercial centre, it’s an experience! Each area is organised in a theme which makes it look more like Universal studios than anything else! 


I hope this article was helpful and that you have a better idea of what to do in Manchester when it rains! 


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