Travel for £12 – our favourite trips in and around Manchester: Museums day

Steve Slack

Our mini-series looks at the many and varied ways you can travel in and around Manchester for only £12 – this week, explore greater Manchester’s small museums.

You might know some of the famous museums in Manchester city centre – the splendidly re-opened Whitworth art gallery won Museum of the Year, for instance. But the outlying towns to the north of the city are also home to some great buildings and collections worth visiting.

So did you know that a Wayfarer ticket allows you to travel anywhere in Greater Manchester using buses, trains and trams, as much as you like, for a whole day? That’s including parts of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire and the Peak District – basically, you’re spoiled for choice. Best of all, it’ll only set you back £12. It’s the ideal way to go exploring – we’ve ventured out in search of nature, now it’s the turn of the museums…

Visit a recreated Victorian street in Salford, or the exquisite Tudor house near Chapeltown

Start just north of the city centre at Salford Museum and Art Gallery for a slice of Victorian splendour in an atmospheric picture gallery. Visitors can walk down a recreated Victorian street flanked with traditional shops and even a pub. But rather than a pint, you might want to grab a coffee in the museum’s café. It may not be the hippest of joints, but they do a jolly good afternoon tea.

Take the train from Salford Crescent to Bolton and stop in at the local museum here. This place has everything a museum should contain – Egyptian mummies, local curiosities, dinosaur bones and lots and lots of creepy crawly bugs. Great stuff.

Using Bolton as a hub you can then hop on a bus north to Chapeltown to visit the exquisite Tudor house at Turton Tower. A short train ride will then take you to either Wigan for the Museum of Wigan Life or Chorley for Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery. Or both! If you manage to take in the whole lot, you’ll be in need of nourishment, so stop off for a meal at The Kitchen Theatre in Chorley.

The smallprint: Wayfarer lets you travel for a whole day by bus at any time and by train and tram after 9.30am weekdays and anytime Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Half price for kids and over 60s – plus there’s a family ticket available. See the TFGM website for details.

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