Days out – Museums, galleries and science

Below is a list of family friendly museums, galleries and science attractions to visit near Knutsford. For more days out ideas click here.

The times given are approximate times to drive from Knutsford without traffic…please check journey times yourself before you travel!! Please also check opening times as some attractions are closed on some days or for part of the year.

Museums, galleries and science

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre – 15 mins – see the Lovell telescope up close and explore the space exhibitions with various hands on exhibits, outdoor activities, space playground, gardens and arboretum.

Lion Salt Works – 15 mins – beautifully restored old salt works with various buildings to explore. Also a play area, butterfly garden and cafe.

Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse – 15 mins – various exhibits giving insight into workhouse life. Children can dress up as workhouse inmates, complete quiz and trail.

Anderton Boatlift – 20 mins – go up and down the lift in a boat, take a longer boat trip, visit the new play area and explore the visitor centre. Cafe on site.

Norton Priory – 30 mins – museum, undercroft, priory ruins, walled garden, woodland, meadow, cafe and tea rooms.

Catalyst – 30 mins – science discovery centre exploring the chemical industry. Very child friendly with lots of hands on exhibits, backpacks and tablets to borrow, Puzzle Room and trail to follow. Family events at weekends/holidays.

Manchester Science and Industry Museum – FREE – 35 mins  – specifically for children there is a hands on experiments gallery, soft play and baby sensory area but kids will also enjoy looking at the trains, cars, planes, machinery demonstrations and more!

Beeston Castle – 40 mins – castle with spectacular views and surrounding woodland to explore

Eureka! – 65 mins – The National Children’s Museum – hundreds of interactive displays set across different themed zones designed for children to explore and ask questions. Desert discovery and sensory garden for younger children.