Things to do with babies in Manchester

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Bottle, bottle warmer, food, nappies, nappy cream, nappy bags, toys, change of clothes… got everything? Schlepping a baby, a buggy and all the accompanying gear around the city centre can sometimes feel like mounting an expedition into the rainforests of Borneo; add another child and the chaos multiplies by ten. With this in mind, we know how important it is to know of safe and welcoming baby-friendly havens to visit, which not only keep the older kids and adults entertained, but also make Mum’s life much easier.

Here is our guide of things to do with babies in Manchester.

If you want more things to do with the kids, check out our regularly updated families guide which picks out the best cultural adventures for families in Manchester and the North.

Our top picks

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth, Manchester, Until 20 July 2024, free entry - Visit now

Visit the Outdoor Art Club at the Whitworth Art Gallery, jam-packed with fun and creative activities designed to encourage your little ones to play freely while exploring nature and the outdoors with family and friends.

Image courtesy of The Whitworth.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Manchester Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS - Visit now

Great for the kids big and little, LEGOLAND is a great day out for families. Children under 5 can enjoy the  DUPLO Farm, and then have a tumble and play in the soft play area, no big kids allowed!

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Heaton Park

Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 2SW - Visit now

No grumpy babies here! Head to Heaton Park and Farm with your littlest one in full ‘sling’ and enjoy an Animal Centre for cuddling and petting plus a really lovely stroll around the stunning green grounds. Granted, baby will probably sleep the whole way through, but parents can enjoy the animals while sleepy one catches up on much needed kip!

RHS Garden Bridgewater

RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Road (Off Leigh Road), Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester, M28 2GU - Visit now

A great day out for kids and adults of all ages. Stroll through the grounds of the spectacular 154-acre RHS Bridgewater Garden, with play areas, plant factories and butterfly gardens for the bigger-little kids, and lots of fresh air, green spaces and top facilities for the babies too.

Image: Harris Bugg Studio

The East Lancashire Railway

The East Lancashire Railway, Bury Bolton Street Station,, Bury,, Lancashire, BL9 0EY - Visit now

Babies will love a trip on the steam train at East Lancashire Railway. Choo Choo!

East Lancashire Railway

Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Manchester Craft & Design Centre, 17 Oak St, Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5JD - Visit now

Completing your hop around NQ, Manchester Craft & Design Centre offers a little respite from the hustle and bustle of city (and precious baby-changing).

Manchester Craft and Design Centre by Joel C Fildes.
Manchester Craft and Design Centre by Joel C Fildes.

Manchester Arndale

Manchester Arndale, Market Street , Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3AQ - Visit now

The Arndale is a bit of a godsend for families, as you can go shopping while also knowing its relatively easy with your little one. Featuring up-to-date facilities for parents: separate baby changing and feeding rooms, parent and child stalls in the women’s rooms, and parent and child toilets. If you’re on your own with a pram, attendants will open an accessible toilet for you. On site cafes such as Starbucks, Costa Coffee (in Waterstones) and Cafe Nero, are handy places for a feed and all come with highchairs as standard. Watch out for (very) long lift queues at busy times, though.


Where to go in Manchester

Manchester Factory international Festival - People enjoying Festival Square in the city centre
Café or Coffee Shop
Factory Square

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House of Books & Friends

Playing a powerful role in the community, this venue functions as a bookshop, café and place to meet and chat with likeminded individuals.

Café or Coffee Shop

Sett is an art café in West Didsbury, one of the areas many thriving independent businesses.

Stretford Foodhall
Café or Coffee Shop
Stretford Foodhall

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Haunt MCR
Bar or Pub
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