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The best days out in Greater Manchester you can get to on the tram

A little bit of summer inspiration for you.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 26th May 2023

There’s another bank holiday looming and then the long, glorious stretch of summer – and helpfully, there’s a new tool in Greater Manchester to help you plan brilliant days out around the region.

You can now use a Metrolink Destination Generator which will design you your perfect day out.

You just give it an idea of what you fancy doing – like something foodie, or cultural, or musical, or sporting – and a rough borough you want to travel to, and away it goes.

You can choose free things, family-friendly things, outdoor things, to do on a weekday or weekend.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s aim is that it will help travellers stuck for ideas to get out and discover some fun days out around their local area, without needing to jump in the car or travel far.


The Destination Generator will even tell you which stop to aim for and which tickets are the best value.

Renowned travel experts Lonely Planet named Manchester as one of its best ‘accessibility-friendly’ destinations to visit in 2023, with the city being the only UK location to make the guidebook’s annual Best in Travel list.


Some of Lonely Planet’s recommendations, such as the Manchester Museum and Castlefield Viaduct, can be reached using Metrolink, but there are so many more hidden gems to be found across Greater Manchester.

National Trust gardeners – Castlefield Viaduct Planting – 10 June 2022

Danny Vaughan, TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, said: “Whether travelling a few stops or across the network, Metrolink is a convenient, value-for money and accessible way of getting around Greater Manchester.

“There are flexible and affordable ticketing options for all travellers, whether it’s paying as you go with contactless – never paying more than the daily cap, or making use of a one-day family travelcard which covers travel for two adults and up to three children.


“Whatever the weather this summer, Metrolink can get you where you want to go, and if you’re stuck for ideas our Destination Generator will help you plan your trip.”

Sheona Southern, Managing Director at Marketing Manchester, said: “There are a variety of attractions across Greater Manchester for visitors to explore on Metrolink, from East Lancashire Railway in Bury, IWM North in Trafford, The Lowry in Salford, and fantastic green space in places like Sale Water Park.

“We’re delighted to work in partnership with TfGM to highlight just how accessible the region is, and we hope the Destination Generator is a fun way for visitors to uncover more of the unexpected in Greater Manchester.”

Some of the days out in Greater Manchester to be discovered:

Oldham Way Walks

Spanning a whopping 40 miles, the Oldham Way is a popular challenge for keen walkers – but if you break it down into sections there’s something for everyone, even total novices.

There are seven recommended routes, some of which you can easily get to using the tram network.


If you get the tram to Failsworth, you’ll find yourself along a gentle section of the Oldham Way that follows the Rochdale Canal towpath.

Nearest stop: Failsworth

Pottery Corner

Tucked in in the beautiful Chorlton is Pottery Corner, a creative studio and gallery where you can paint your own pottery.

Designed to let your creative streak run wild, the studio space also offers baby imprints, clay classes, parties, and special occasions. 

It’s been under its current ownership for seven years and is well worth the journey across to Chorlton.


Nearest stop: Chorlton

The East Lancashire Railway

Train fanatic or not, the East Lancashire Railway is always a popular day out.

Slicing its way through picturesque towns like Ramsbottom and Summerseat, plus miles and miles of stunning Lancashire scenery, there are loads of different days out on offer.

Along the way you can discover real ale bars, quaint tea rooms, quirky boutiques, markets, restaurants, cafés and more.

Nearest stop: Bury


Museum of Transport

This hugely underrated museum just outside the city centre seems like an appropriate place to visit on public transport – it’s an absolute goldmine of public transport going all the way back to 1824.

There’s an 1890s horse-drawn bus, a full-size prototype Metrolink tram, and an old Beverley’s Beers van.

It’s a bargain too – adult tickets are £5 while under 16s can go free with any paying adult.

Nearest stop: Queens Road

Portland Basin Museum

Another hidden gem, this time over in Tameside, is the Portland Basin Museum, housed within a restored 19th-century Ashton Canal Warehouse.


The waterside, newly-refurbished heritage centre celebrates the people, events and industries, which have shaped the history of Tameside over the past two hundred years.

You can even step back in time on a 1920s street, with the sights and sounds of bygone Tameside brought back to life.

Nearest stop: Ashton-Under-Lyne

Featured image: East Lancashire Railway