Frequently Asked Questions

What is this?

Breakout is a live escape room game located in the centre of Manchester. You are locked in a room with friends, family or work colleagues for an hour and have to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and tasks to escape. You will have to search high and low for clues and work together to be in with a chance of breaking out. 60 minutes might sound like a lot of time, but it will fly by as we test your puzzle-solving, lateral thinking and team-working skills.  There are no physical activities or challenges involved in the game, it is purely a mental challenge.

Will I enjoy this?


It is a unique experience and one that will stay with you for a long time. Each room is carefully designed to ensure maximum entertainment value. If you are looking for a fun group activity that is slightly different this is the activity for you.

What TV show or Film is this similar to?

It is a mixture of the following: The Crystal Maze, The Cube (TV show ITV), Cube (film series), Saw series, Prison Break, Fort Boyard, The Mole, The Amazing Race, The Great Escape and Knightmare.

How hard is the game?

Around 50% of people escape. Common sense goes a lot further than intelligence. You do not need any special ‘skills’ to get out of the room, a basic level of written English and numbers will be enough. Each room has a difficulty rating out of 5. Could we tell you more? Yes, but we wouldn’t want to spoil the experience.

Who normally plays this?

A complete mixture of personality, ages, genders and nationalities play live escape games. Teams can be made up of friends, family, work mates, student peers, travellers and many others. It is a great team-building exercise for corporate groups or a fantastic experience to celebrate a special occasion.

Do you accommodate special occasions?

Yes we do. All are welcome at Breakout Manchester be it birthdays, anniversaries, hen or stag dos, engagement parties, leaving events and everything else under the sun. In some escape rooms around the world marriage proposals have even been staged.

What should I wear?

Wear whatever you want. We wouldn’t recommend heels, mankinis, Darth Vader fancy dress or full traditional wedding wear but anything can be worn.

Will I get scared and am I safe?

Yes you are completely safe. There is no fear aspect within any of the rooms. If you want to leave the room at any point you can. All rooms are monitored by staff at all times.

Which room should I play?

Our advice would be to go the room page which is located here and make your decision based on the one you like the sound of the most. Of course after you have tried one room you will be hooked and want to try all the others.

What is the recommended number of players per team?

Our rooms are designed for a maximum of 5 people. 2 people is the minimum required. 3-4 people however is the ideal amount of players.  

Accessibility and special requirements

Unfortunately the buildings we currently operate out of in Manchester do not have lift or wheelchair access. Very few aspects of the game require physical movements but we do advise that at least one member of the teams does not have mobility problems.

There are around 9 steps down to our Church Street branch but once there all games are on the same level. To access our Newton Street site there are two flights of stairs, approximately 28 steps, and then no further steps once you are on the same level of all the games.

No clues require the ability to hear but a sound will be made on occasions to alert people to clues so it is advisable to have one member of the team who can hear. The majority of clues and puzzles are visual ones.

Please contact us via e-mail on if you have any further questions

What ages can play?

We would advise only children from 10 upwards play due to the complexity of the puzzles. If the members of the party are under 16 then they must be accompanied by someone 18 or over.  

I’m claustrophobic, can I play?

Yes you can. The rooms are all of a reasonable size, some games are more appropriate than others, contact us for advice, but you can leave any time you wish.

How much does it cost?

The price is dependent on the number of people who are taking part in the game. The more people who take part in the game then the cheaper the game becomes. It is also cheaper to play the game between Monday 10am - Friday before 5pm. The best thing you can do is go to the booking section here and select the room, time slot and number of people in your team to see the total price.

When can I play it / what are your opening hours?

We are open 10.00am - 10pm 7 days a week.

How do I get there / Can I park near by / What are the nearest public transport links?

Please see the contact page here.

Any other questions?

E-mail us at or phone on 0161 839 8012.

Can I buy or franchise a room or game from you?