Outdoor Adventures in Manchester: 5 Thrilling Adventure Activities

Prachi Gupta

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People who think that Manchester is just an ultramodern metropolis will be surprised to know that this city has a wealth of reservoirs and parks. The city of Manchester doesn’t disappoint people looking for outdoor adventures. Apart from urban and national parks, it has many water parks and activities like biking, hiking, kayaking and so much more. 

If you are an international student based out of Manchester then we would suggest you take a little break this weekend and enjoy some of the thrilling outdoor adventures in Manchester. To help you narrow down your hunt we have discussed some great recommendations below. 

1. Manchester River Cruises 

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Manchester River Cruises allows you to explore and experience the beauty of the city alongside enjoying live entertainment, meals and drinks. The trips include a boat to Old Trafford and evening cruises at which you will be able to enjoy scenic views. As per your linking you can even opt for theme-based cruises like Broadway tunes, 90s dance music, impersonators of famous figures like Elvis and Rat Pack, etc. At the time of Christmas, you can take a cruise with Father Christmas to enjoy the festive atmosphere with family and friends. In a nutshell, the options for tours are endless. 

Check out the Restaurants Nearby 

Restaurant Name Google Rating ETA
Pier Eight Restaurant 4.1/51-minute drive 
Harvester Quayside MediaCityUK4.1/51-minute drive 

Check out the Pubs Nearby 

Pub Name Google Rating ETA 
The Dockyard4.2/514-minute drive 
Matchstick Man 4/57-minute drive 

Also Read: Planning to move to Manchester? Check out these 10 places to visit in Manchester to explore this city like a pro! 

2. The Manchester City Stadium Tour 

Home of Manchester City Football Club, at Etihad Stadium you will get the opportunity to go on a guided tour. During this tour, you can interact with Pep Guardiola using the state-of-the-art technology, see the dressing room of the home team, sit in the manager’s seat in the dugouts, walk out of the player’s tunnel and see some other sites up close and personal which are usually off-limits to the public. Here you will also get to watch an amazing audio-visual show to immerse yourself in the city’s story. 

Check out the Restaurants Nearby 

Restaurant NameGoogle Rating ETA 
Glasshouse Bar and Restaurant 4.2/59-minute drive 
Cityspicemcr4.7/51-minute drive 

Check out the Pubs Nearby 

Pub Name Google Rating ETA 
Mary D’s Beamish Bar4.4/51-minute drive 
The Townley 4.4/52-minute drive 

3. Sale Water Park 

At Sale Water Park you can enjoy a wide variety of activities like water sports, serene walks, canoeing, kayaking, dining, etc. If you are a beginner in canoeing and kayaking then you can take lessons from experienced individuals at the onsite boat hire facility. If you feel hungry and want to grab a quick snack then you can go to the cafe. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy a full-course meal with your friends or your partner then you can book a table at the on-site restaurant and enjoy scenic views alongside good food. If you like, you can go for paddleboarding at the canal. 

Check out the Restaurants Nearby 

Restaurant Name Google Rating ETA 
The Boathouse 4.4/52-minute drive 
The Lead Station 4.3/516-minute drive 

Check out the Pubs Nearby 

Pub Name Google Rating ETA 
Trevor Arms 4.3/515-minute drive 
Bowling Green Charlton 4.4/515-minute drive 

Also Read: Take a break from studies and check out our Student Guide to Great Outdoor Adventures in the UK!

4. Pennine Bridleway National Trail 

It is a 120-mile trail passing through the Derbyshire Peak District. Pennine Bridleway National Trail is perfect for various activities like cycling, hiking, horse riding, green space exploration and relaxation. While strolling you will come across abandoned railroad tracks, quiet roadways across the open fields covered with purple heather and many moorlands for amazing scenic views. Apart from all of this, you will also get to see reservoirs and climb hills offering amazing views of the surrounding Yorkshire area. 

Check out the Restaurants Nearby 

Restaurant Name Google Rating ETA 
Calvert’s Restaurant 4.4/532-minute drive 
Sycamore Restaurant 4/540-minute drive 

Check out the Pubs Nearby 

Pub Name Google Rating ETA 
The Moorcock Inn 4.4/544-minute drive 
Masons Freehouse 4.6/555-minute drive 

5. Charlton Water Park 

Chalton Water Park is a nature reserve which is a popular option among people for outdoor adventure. The reason behind its popularity is its lake, wildlife spotting and the ice cream van. If you have a dog then the good news is that you can bring it here as this place is pet-friendly. At Charlton Water Park you can even indulge in activities like boating and fishing with a permit. To experience the serenity in all its beauty make sure you visit here during the early morning. 

Check out the Restaurants Nearby 

Restaurant Name Google Rating ETA 
Fayrouz Restaurant 4.4/59-minute drive 
Jenny’s Restaurant 4.3/59-minute drive 

Check out the Pubs Nearby 

Pub Name Google Rating ETA 
Farmers Arms 4.1/58-minute drive 
The Crown Inn 4.5/59-minute drive 

Also Read: Do your friends also describe you as a shopaholic? If yes, then check out our blog – The Ultimate Guide to Shopping Districts in the UK!


What is Manchester famous for?

Manchester emerged as an important city during the Industrial Revolution and was the UK’s leading producer of textiles and cotton. Therefore, Manchester is regarded as the first city to become industrialised in the world. Apart from this, in 1830, Manchester became the first place in the world where a railway line was laid. 

Which city is known as Manchester of India?

Ahmedabad situated in the state of Gujarat is popularly known as the ‘Manchester City of India’. 

What are some physical facts about Manchester?

Some of the physical features of Manchester are – 
– It has relatively flat land which is suitable for agriculture.
– It is developed at a height of 133 feet above sea level.
– On the west and southwest, Salford and Trafford adjoin the city of Manchester. 

We hope you liked this blog where we covered some of the thrilling outdoor adventures in Manchester. For booking the best accommodation abroad to start your study abroad experience you can contact Fly Homes at 1800572118. 

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About Prachi Gupta

Prachi has 1.5 yrs of experience in Content & Copywriting. Her skills entail SEO, researching, brainstorming marketing campaigns, suggesting content ideas, graphic designing, Keyword research, understanding user intent etc. She thrives on a work culture that helps her unlearn redundant ways of thinking. Besides this, she always has her binoculars on looking for good books and music recommendations, cocktails and world history.

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