Educational days out for all with an inquisitive nature
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The city has several prestigious establishments offering world-renowned higher education opportunities, with Manchester University itself ranked seventh in the QS World University Rankings 2018. The vibrant city attracts thousands of university applicants every year and students travel far and wide to visit the various universities, colleges and schools – looking for inspiration and their next step.
Whether you’re in town as a potential applicant, proud family member or supportive friend, there’s plenty to see and do once you’ve collected a prospectus or two and need a moment away from life-changing decision making.
MOSI: Museum of Science and Industry
Anyone thinking of studying science or history at Manchester will not want to miss out on a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. Packed full of exhibitions exploring the city’s industrial heritage and technology that will change our lives, it’s a fascinating insight into Manchester’s influence on the world.
A city steeped with the history of science and industry, the MOSI provides hands on exhibitions and experiences for all. Situated on the site of the world’s first railway station – Manchester Liverpool Road – the museum features extensive displays on everything from transport to sewerage and sanitation.
Explore the hidden secrets and stories of Manchester as you’ve never seen it before; gain exclusive insights into the world’s first industrial city and learn more about how it has transformed into a hub of high-tech businesses and creative industries. With free entry and an open door seven days a week, a trip here is not to be missed.
Current permanent exhibitions can be found here, exploring a variety of ideas from why we have cravings, to asking if machines can think. There truly is something to capture everyone's interest, whether you want to partake in a range of touring exhibitions or get involved in hands-on workshops – a visit here is definitely thought provoking.
Big kids and little kids will be fascinated by the vast collection of vintage vehicles, historic working machinery and virtual reality experiences which cleverly tell the story of the awe-inspiring Northern city.
The MOSI is a child-friendly: meeting historical characters and taking a train ride behind a replica steam locomotive are some of the many activities your little one can immerse themselves in on the day. With picnic areas as well as a restaurant and a café it is the ideal set up for a family day out.
I have lost count how many times I have visited this museum. Every time I have someone visiting me, I always take them here. I guess it just gets to show how highly I rate this place and to be honest, none of my guests have been disappointed.
John Rylands Library
This is my favourite building in Manchester, it became my highlight when I had friends over. The building is gorgeous and it has that smell of old books that any reader loves. The architecture is impressive and it also has activities for children.
Immerse yourself in knowledge and wisdom with a visit to the John Rylands Library. Just a 15-minute walk from the SACO Manchester - Piccadilly, this Victorian gem evokes the spirit of learning and is a sure winner for prospective students and their families.
The John Rylands Library is a Victorian Gothic masterpiece situated within the university - it is free and open to all seven days a week Built more than 100 years ago, Enriqueta Rylands founded the breath-taking building as a gift to Manchester and its people back in 1900. The library hosts regular exhibitions and events, so there will be something to suit anyone with an inquisitive nature – whatever the age!
The beautifully intricate architecture makes the library look more like a grand castle or a long-established cathedral. A definite must for Harry Potter fans: surrounded by row upon row of manuscripts you really do feel as though you’ve stepped into Hogwarts.
Inside the library you will find a world class collection of awe-inspiring material such as the St John Fragment, which is the oldest known piece of the New Testament, along with prestigious medieval manuscripts. Another renowned treasure here that’s not to be missed is the delightful Café Rylands, situated in the stunning surroundings of the library.
Offering great-tasting coffee and freshly prepared food – the on-site café is perfect for rejuvenating weary legs after exploring the wonders of the Rylands Library. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to engage yourself in some of the greatest historic masterpieces this northern city has to offer.
The Lowry Theatre
A one-stop culture stop, the Lowry Theatre is more than just a performance space. It features a gallery, exhibition spaces, eateries and a permanent collection of work by the Salford-based artist LS Lowry. This landmark quayside building houses a huge variety of productions and astonishing entertainment including live bands, West End musicals and performances from famous comedians.
The Lowry Theatre is home to two spectacular theatres that offer great entertainment for all the family – The Lyric Theatre and the Quays. You can find a range of captivating pieces in both, from drama, opera and ballet presentations, to comedy and family shows – be sure to check the box office to see what’s on. With plenty of free activities also available throughout the year, there is something for all ages.
The Lowry also has gallery and exhibition spaces, which hold both a permanent exhibition of the work of artist LS Lowry as well as galleries displaying paintings, sculptures and photography from around the world. About 400 works in oil, pastel and watercolours from all periods of LS Lowry’s career can be found in the art gallery. Be amazed and astounded as you discover how the gallery space is transformed by multimedia which encourages visitor participation of all ages.
The Lowry has a brilliant waterside café - so be sure to grab yourself a coffee and cake, or if you’re feeling peckish, treat yourself to something more substantial. Pier Eight is The Lowry’s brand new restaurant and bar which sits overlooking the stunning surroundings of Salford Quays – perfect for a tranquil lunch or pre-show meal. For visitors who want a special reminder of their mesmerizing trip, there is also a gift shop on site for all your souvenir needs.