Review Family Escape Room Z-arts The Library of Enchantment with Top Tips
A new Manchester family escape room Z-escape The Library of Enchantment has now opened. Check out what we thought in our no-spoiler review.
The Library of Enchantment is a fun new escape room based at Z-arts in Manchester, and has been specifically designed for children over 6 years old and adults.
Children over 8 years can take part in the escape room without an adult.
We were invited along to check it out and we sent two of our On The Go Reviewers Gemma to check it out. Read on for what they thought and some great tips in this spoiler-free review.
Review of The Library of Enchantment Escape Room
I love a good escape room and have been wanting to take my kids to one for some time but have never been able to find one suitable.
I was therefore very excited on hearing about the new The Library of Enchantment Z-escape at Z-arts and couldn’t wait to check it out.
The escape room is designed for three to eight participants and along with my 10 and 13-year-old I invited my friend and her 10 and 12-year-old to join in the fun.
Once we had booked at Z-arts and were shown to the escape room entrance we met our host who explained our task for the day – to find Billi the Bookworm within an hour, who has gone missing causing chaos along the way.
We were then set our first challenge – work out which keycard gets you into the first room. I won’t go into the details so as to not spoil the game, but we all got into it straight away, setting the tone for the rest of the experience.
Once we entered the first room our host gave us a clue in a book and we were underway. There are five rooms in total with each room featuring lots of different puzzles and challenges.
With every escape room, I have done it takes a couple of minutes to get into the swing of things and The Library of Enchantment was no different. However, once my friend’s daughter worked out how to solve the first challenge there was no stopping us.
The puzzled all varied in difficulty meaning it wasn’t too hard for the kids to get involved at the same time as well as being a challenge for the adults.
On more than one occasion the kids solved the clue or worked out the challenge before we did which was great to see.
The rooms also required a level of teamwork to complete. With four excited kids all wanting to get involved they did need reminding a few times to listen to each other but they got the hang of it quite quickly.
At the start of the experience, our host explained that if we got stuck we could ask her for help. Although I was determined that we wouldn’t need this (I am a tad competitive), she was great at giving little pointers when we had been stuck for a while without giving it all away.
Of course, the aim of an escape room is to get out within the allocated time, which we managed in the nick of time. To say the kids were over the moon would be an understatement.
The Library of Enchantment at Z-arts is a great family escape room.
The numerous challenges to complete and rooms to get through added lots of excitement and it is aimed at just the right level for both children and adults to enjoy together.
It would also be a great activity for tweens, teens and even adults’ day out without the kids.
If you are looking for activity in Manchester we would highly recommend Z-escape The Library of Enchantment at Z-arts.
Top Tips For Z-arts The Library of Enchantment Escape Room
If you plan on a trip to Z-arts for The Library of Enchantment Escape Room check out our top tips first.
What to Wear for the escape room?
Although there is no real physical activity involved in the games you are on your feet for an hour so we would recommend comfy shoes and clothes ( there is some bending involved).
We also found that it got quite hot in some of the rooms so you may want to opt for layers or lightweight clothes.
Where to park for the Z-Arts Escape Room?
Z-arts in Hulme is located not far outside of Manchester City Centre.
There are street parking bays on the road outside and on the streets behind.
Read the parking signs carefully as some of these bays are paid using the pay and display machines and some are free.
All of the bays are three hours maximum no return.
The paid bays cost £2 for up to 3 hours – which will be sufficient for completing the escape room.
Where to Go on Arrival at The Library of Enchantment Escape Room?
On booking, you will be given a set time slot and we advised you to arrive 10 minutes before.
Once arrived, head to the booking desk which is to the right once you enter through the door.
Are there Lockers at the Escape Room?
If you have belongings that you don’t want to take through the escape room with you there are lockers situated just outside. You need to ask your host before the game starts.
Toilets At Z-Arts?
There are toilets located on the ground floor at Z-arts. We would recommend that you go before the game starts as it lasts for an hour and may spoil the fun if you need to leave afterwards.
Cafe at Z-Arts
Z-arts has a small cafe with a large seating area.
The cafe serves an array of hot and cold drinks and cakes. They also offer a kids picnic box for £4.75 which includes a sandwich (ham or cheese), a drink, fruit and 2 snacks. They currently don’t have adult sandwiches at this time.
Manchester Escape Room Offer
We have joined forces with Z-arts to offer our readers a great 20% off booking over Easter.
To get this offer simply use EASTERESCAPE on booking.
The offer is valid until the 15th April 2023.