The Grade I-listed Manchester Art Gallery houses one of the country’s finest art collections in an striking Victorian and contemporary setting. Free and open to everyone, the gallery has played an important part in city life for over 200 years. Following a huge £35 million investment, the gallery offers an impressive experience, engaging with all visitors in imaginative and creative ways.

There’s plenty to explore and be inspired by; highlights include a pre-Raphaelite collection alongside craft and design, early 20th-century British pieces and regularly changing exhibitions. A hive of artistic activity, the gallery offers a wide range of events, from tours and talks to interactive activities for children and grown-ups.

Families with young children should grab an explorer tool belt packed with plenty of tools to help explore the gallery. Be sure to head up to the top floor where little-ones can actually get their inquisitive hands on some ceramic, glass, wood and metal objects too.

With first-rate visitor facilities including 2 cafes, a large shop and full disabled access, a trip to Manchester Art Gallery offers an exciting day of creating, learning and exploring. Open until 9pm on the first Wednesday of the month.