A visit to the Imperial War Museum North with Kids

Last weekend we headed north to Manchester, with a plan to see as much of the city as possible.

We stayed at Holiday Inn in Media City, which is a great base as there are lots to do surrounding it, plus it is just a short tram ride into the city centre.

One of the things we spotted almost immediately was the Poppy Wave at the Imperial War Museum North, something we had been impressed by earlier in the year when we saw it at Fort Nelson.

Poppy Wave

I have to admit it was more impressive in Portsmouth, but that was probably because it’s stage was a commanding view over Portsmouth Harbour and clear blue skies, rather than a damp and dreary Manchester day.


Inside the Imperial War Museum itself are exhibitions of modern war and conflict covering real stories of war from WW1 to the present day.

IWM Cemetery

The museum itself is set in a stylish and modern purpose-built building and is a very educational and thought-provoking experience. Isaac is learning all about the wars and its evacuees at the moment, so was particularly interested in all the information the museum offered.


As well as interactive exhibits for the kids to get involved with, the Lest We Forget exhibitions explore how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.

War Horse

Objects to see range from a soldier’s last letter home, tanks and army vehicles, to objects like the twisted steel of the World Trade Centre.

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial Museum North is free to visit and has a good range of facilities, including a cafe, toilets, baby change area and a gift shop.


Have you been to any of the Imperial War Museums?


20 thoughts on “A visit to the Imperial War Museum North with Kids

  1. It is so so important for our children to learn the history of our World War Battles. We had the poppies here in Northern Ireland last year and they were stunning!

  2. I haven’t visited the Manchester one but paid a visit to the London one many years ago. I’d love to visit one again as they’re always so informative and interesting. But I might have to leave my son behind as he’s a bit young and would probably get bored waiting for me to finish reading!

  3. Oh the poppies are lovely aren’t they, but yes could do with a nice view behind them! This is a important place to visit as it’s good for the children to learn about the war and history behind it all

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