14 Fun Things To Do in Manchester for Adults
You won't be surprised to learn that the bustling city of Manchester has lots of fun things for adults to do.
Here's our pick of the best fun activities for grown-ups that the city has to offer:
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience
As in the TV show, the play area is divided into four themed zones: Medieval, Industrial, Aztec and Futuristic.
Billed as the ultimate team challenge, what could be more fun than getting some mates together and running around, shouting at each other and generally getting over-excited while collecting as many crystals as you can?
Manchester Bites 3 Hour Food Tour
On a Manchester Bites Food Tour, a local guide will help you explore and learn about the city, while sampling some of the best food available in the city, and meeting the people and communities that make it.
The Manchester Food Tour - From Canals to Canapés includes 10 tastings over three hours in the Ancoats and Northern Quarter areas of the city.
Explore the back streets and canals and sample delicious food from the excellent restaurants that now inhabit the refurbished mills and warehouses, while discovering the history of Manchester's industrial past.
The Manchester Food Tour costs £55 for adults (£60 for the Vegan Food Tour).
Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing
Get a team of up to 10 friends together and book a session at Whistle Punks.
Sessions are 70 minutes long and start with a full safety briefing. Your instructor will then teach you how to throw axes at the target.
There's a well-stocked bar for refreshments with a great selection of craft beers, delicious cocktails and soft drinks plus sourdough pizza.
Axe Throwing is definitely for Adults Only - the minimum age is 18 and you'll need to bring ID.
Silent Disco Adventure Manchester
Somewhere between a sightseeing tour, a club night and a flashmob, you can lose yourself in the music and show off all your best moves in a dance-fuelled tour of Manchester you'll never forget.
National Football Museum
Ok, a World Cup win would probably be better - but that might be some time away and you could visit the National Football Museum today!
You can even have your photo taken with the replica Premier League trophy.
Check out the stunning ornamental arch on Faulkner Street at the entrance to Manchester's Chinatown - welcoming you to the second-largest Chinatown area in the UK.
The arch was made in China and shipped to Manchester in three containers.
iFly Indoor Skydiving
Manchester is home to iFly's first 14ft diameter vertical wind tunnel in the UK, so you'll have plenty of space to fly.
You'll receive virtual flight training before you arrive, and your instructor will recap everything you need to know on the day.
Once you're suited-up you can step into the wind tunnel with your instructor and experience free-fall with wind speeds of up to 180mph!
There's even a Virtual Reality enhanced flight option that simulates a skydive from an aeroplane - if you're feeling adventurous.
Definitely one of the most high-adrenaline activities Manchester has to offer.
Treasure Hunt Manchester
As you solve the clues you'll see the sights like Canal Street, Central Library, the Town Hall and Spinningfields.
Follow the treasure maps to discover things most people miss like what's buried under Alan Turing's bench.
Step into your team's private Gamebox and choose one of the exciting games on offer - many are ideal for grown-up players
Sessions are 30 or 60 minutes long - and the time will fly by as you take an Alien Aptitude Test, play Block Smash Mania as never before, infiltrate Casino Tropicale as James Bunny or take on the Psychedelic Mansion.
If you like gin, you'll love the Distillery Tour and Guided Tasting: Enjoy a G&T when you arrive, a tutored tasting of four different gins, followed by a guided tour of the distillery with a friendly and knowledgable guide.
For gin enthusiasts there's the Gin Making Experience where you get a chance to make your very own gin:
Starting with a G&T and distillery tour, your guided tasting will help you understand your palette and choose your favourite botanicals. You can then distil your very own spirit and add your choice of botanicals to create a unique bottle of gin to take home.
The Spirit of Manchester Distillery offers a range of other fun activities for adults including "Taste the Distillery" and "Gin-Making for Two" - check the website for details.
Segway Adventure at Tatton Park
Your experience will start with instruction on how to ride the Segway, and some short games to build your skill and experience.
If you're looking for outdoor activities this is ideal - you'll enjoy stunning views across the park as you enjoy exploring the woods and open areas of Tatton Park - one of the UK's most beautiful estates.
ChillFactore is the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope, with 180m of pristine real snow to enjoy - and all within 4 miles of Manchester city centre.
There are ski and snowboard lessons for groups of adult beginners, and more advanced lessons too, so whether you've never set foot on the slopes before, or you're a seasoned skier, there's something perfect for you.
When you've finished showing off on the slope, you can enjoy a bite to eat at The Lodge Bar & Kitchen, Nando's or Wetherspoons "Castle in the Air".
Ride the Trams at Heaton Park
They have a range of beautiful historic trams in operation including a double-deck Manchester tram dating from 1901, a Stockport double-deck tram from the same year, and various trams from Blackpool, Hull and Oldham.
Adults over 21 can even try their hand at tram driving by purchasing one of the Tram Driver Experiences on offer - an unforgettable experience for vintage transport enthusiasts.
Escape Hunt Manchester
The escape rooms offer themed experiences that will test your problem-solving skills to the max and you'll need to work as a team to complete your mission.
Choose from the Doctor Who themed "Worlds Collide", Pirate's Treasure, Escape the Wild West, Alice in Puzzleland, The Fourth Samurai or The Last Vikings.
Choose from three outdoor games - Time Cops, Operation Mindfall or Magic Portal - whichever experience you choose, you'll have a fantastic time.
We hope you've enjoyed this selection of fun things to do in Manchester for adults. It's great to know that the fun doesn't have to stop when you grow up!
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Our Fun Things to do in Manchester page has lots of exciting ideas for the family, and if you're visiting as a couple, our Romantic Things to do in Manchester has some great ideas to make your break special.
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