We arrived in Manchester in good time and decided to walk in and get our bearings. Wandered in and found the Museum of Science and Industry. There aren't many sign posts around town until you're in close proximity, which is tucked away in a side road.
The entrance fee is a suggested donation of £3. The foyer was busy and the leaflet we were given wasn't actually very helpful. It tells you what each building contains and on what floor, but there is no indication of a 'flow' for the set up. Each room is just a collection of items/machines but they are not in chronological order (from what we could tell).
However, the items they did have on display were great. The trains and engines are marvellous, and it's hard to imagine how these machines have been engineered on such a massive scale.
It was busy as it was the Easter bank holiday. Obviously such a hands-on place is full of children! It is still enjoyable for adults, if you can manage other people's unruly noisy children. Sadly this is the case in most places these days.
The staff were absolutely charming and extremely helpful.
Overall, it is great value for money and there's a lot to do for children. Layout is confusing but not the end of the world.
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