It’s free to enter opening Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm and there’s a late night opening on Thursday until 9pm.
The main information desk is in the central atrium. Pick up floor plans, leaflets and other information from here. You can also ask for free family backpacks and story bags. There are lots of ways for you to enjoy and experience the gallery and the collections. You can take as much or as little information as you want, from floor plans and audio guides to joining in the highlights tours.
Catch the latest exhibitions from the diverse changing program; most of the events are free so make sure you explore the wide range of workshops, tours and other activities for adults and families.
The gallery’s collections include more than 25,000 objects of art, craft and design. Only a fraction of these are displayed at any one time but you can explore the collections in greater depth by using the online collections search.
You need more than just a day so you might want to stay the weekend in which case the Cornerstones Guest House built in 1871 with it’s it’s large Victorian bedrooms is just 12 minutes away by tram, door to door.
My wife and I have had coffee and cake in the coffee shop, there’s also freshly made sandwiches and salads, home made soup and hot main courses. Noting to elaborate fish and chips, a Bury black pudding brunch; they also run a specials menu daily, which always features one meat dish, one fish dish and one vegetarian. It’s great tasting food with great ingredients, and whenever they can they source them locally, within season and everything is prepared from scratch everyday. Fresh is the word that will cover everything.
Children are welcome in both the gallery and the coffee shop with a children’s lunch box on offer. For example, you could get a sandwich, a piece of fruit, drink, something sweet and a packet of mini cheddar’s. All for £4.25.
How to get there
By Metrolink tram
St Peter’s Square or Mosley Street stations are the nearest Metrolink stations. Both are on the Altrincham and Eccles lines.
Nearest bus stops are St Peter’s Square or Piccadilly Gardens.
To Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria stations. Take the Metrolink from Victoria or Piccadilly (Altrincham or Eccles direction) to Mosley Street or St Peter’s Square.
Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK’s extensive motorway network. Follow signs to the city centre. Car parking is available at the NCP car parks on Chepstow Street, Faulkner Street or Sackville Street. All are within five minutes of the gallery. The nearest disabled parking is on Nicholas Street or Princess Street, approximately 50m from the main entrance.