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September 1st, 2014 / / No Comments »

Great_Manchester_police_museumGreater Manchester Police Museum; Things For The Kids?

Whether you like to dress up as a police officer, get locked in a police cell or stand in the dock of an old Magistrates Court, there is plenty for children to see & do at the Great Manchester Police Museum

The great advantage of this Police Museum is that it is FREE of charge and offers around 90mins/2 hours of fun…great to combine with a spot of shopping or with another visitor attraction.

This museum was an active police station until 1980 & has now been restored to its Victorian glory days, giving you a glimpse back in time of policing methods of old.

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1. Children will love dressing up as Police Officers with a large range of police outfits, hats & helmets to keep them amused…just remember your camera!

2. Enter an old police cell, have a seat on one of the cell beds, complete with wooden pillow, & see how it is to have the cell door close behind you.  Always goes down a treat particularly with the children.

3. Check out the old magistrates court that wouldn’t look out of place in an Agatha Christie movie.  Stand in the dock and face the magistrates bench to await sentence.

4. Take time out to chat to the volunteers, many of whom are retired officers, that offer a fascinating insight into the police station when it was fully operational.

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The Police Cells

1. Great to see that the Greater Manchester Police Station is FREE of charge although voluntary donations are welcome to help towards the upkeep.

2. The Police Museum runs on very limited opening hours.  Generally, in term time, the museum is only open Tuesdays between 10.30am-3.30pm.  On occasion, often during the school holidays, this extends to Thursdays  but worth double checking before planning your visit.

3. The Crime Room contains some quite macabre exhibits and is best avoided with younger children….there are warnings on the door to the room and can be easy avoided during your tour of the buildings.

4. Often the Police Museum will put on additional activities during the school holidays such as finger-printing, meeting the police dogs & horses.  Best to check before you visit as this can be a little hit & miss.

5. Not the easiest place to find as, due to its limited opening hours, signage is minimal!  Once you have located Newton Street, look up for the old Police Station gas lamp as you walk along the road.

Top Dog’s Verdict

A hidden Manchester gem that offers something out of the ordinary…but watch out for the limited opening hours.

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