Day Trips from Manchester

Energetic, diverse, and bursting with character; Manchester is an exciting city to explore. When you're tired of the amazing cafes and restaurants, and thoroughfares lined with imaginative street art, there are HEAPS of places you can head to for a day trip from Manchester.
Whether you're looking for a day out with the family or looking for some solitude, we've got you covered in this post full of days out from Manchester.
Don't drive? No problem. In this post we've included options for a day trip from Manchester by train and also included options for a day trip from Manchester by coach too!
If you're new to driving in the UK, you should know that conditions for driving in England can vary widely. Toll-free motorways (prefix of A or M i.e. A1 or M1) will help you get from A to B with ease, by way of a quality multi-lane roads.
Away from arterial roads, country roads (B roads) carry less traffic and usually run between smaller towns. These can be single lane and walled with high hedges. We recommend driving slowly and with your lights switched on to assist with visibility and safety. Distance alone cannot always indicate how long a journey will take so we've also included a conservative estimate of duration (each way) from central Manchester along with distance in miles and kilometres.
If you’re looking for a day trip from Manchester and you want to get out of the city, consider heading to one of the prettiest National Parks in the UK, Snowdonia in Wales.
The drive from Manchester is 80 miles (129km) and takes about 2 hours. You can get there by public transport but it will take a lot longer.
Pretty much everything in Snowdonia involves being outdoors, so make sure you bring appropriate clothing for the time of year. You should always expect rain in Wales, even in mid-summer, but it can also be surprisingly warm.
If you like hiking, Mount Snowdon is the place for you. On a clear day, it’s possible to see Ireland from the peak! Those looking for a more relaxed schedule can head to Snowdon Mountain railway which is well worth a visit.
One for the must-see list is Swallow Falls. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and designated a site of special scientific interest, it’s one of the prettiest waterfalls in the UK and well worth the easy hike. Admission is by turnstile entry with a small fee of £2.
If you’re looking to extend your day trip, you could undertake a Wales road trip and grab a hotel in the National Park, the Aberdunant Hotel is a great choice, right in the heart of the beautiful countryside.
Wales is known for its lamb, so when visiting Wales, you must try a traditional lamb dish. We highly recommend the Rhug Estate. An organic farm known for its incredible deli counter and delicious meals, available at both lunchtime and in the evening.
The city has so much to offer and there’s something for everyone. For cultural seekers there is the 1 Millennium Museum and Sheffield Cathedral. For nature lovers there’s the Botanical Gardens. For beer lovers, Sheffield has a great selection of tap rooms such as Lost Industry, plus Beer Central which has a wide selection of British beers you can take home with you. And don’t worry foodies, Sheffield also has plenty for you too including a chocolate afternoon tea.
Not many people realise that Sheffield is also a great place for adventure seekers. Sheffield Canal Basin, more commonly known as Victoria Quays, is at the head of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal and is just a short 15 minute walk from Sheffield train station. The Quays are the perfect place for adventure in Sheffield where you can go canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.