Manchester Art Gallery

Address: Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL, England
Telephone: 0161 235 8888

- Free


A varied selection of art in a beautiful building in the centre of Manchester.

Whether you are a fan of Pre-Raphaelite art or ancient pottery, Manchester Art Gallery’s varied collections will keep you entertained. The building itself is pretty impressive too with a pillared entrance, a beautiful Victorian entrance hall and a central glass atrium.

For something a bit different, I would recommend the Manchester Gallery on the ground floor to both visitors and locals. Exhibitions include ‘Changing Faces’ (photographs of Manchester street scenes from the 1980s) and ‘Made in Manchester’ with some quirky additions such as tiny costumes from TV version of The Wind in the Willows.

I have memories of being dragged around art galleries as a child and vowing that I would never be so mean. Manchester Art Gallery, however, is family friendly and has lots to keep children entertained – especially in the interactive gallery where children can get stuck in. Take a look at the ‘Wish you were where’ section in the interactive gallery where a pile of suitcases have luggage labels hanging from them filled in by visitors with their wish list of destinations.

Value for money

Expert tips

The restaurant and café are good places to grab a bite to eat or a coffee and they both have free WiFi.

Visit the information desk in the central atrium to pick up a free audio guide.

There is a special audio guide for children and free resources for children of different ages including a family backpack, an explorer tool belt and story bags.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Art
  • Design and architecture