Manchester International Festival has multiple venues across the city. This page has a break down of all current announced venues and spaces, with advice and information. Please navigate the page by choosing the relevant venue/space at the top of the page and it will automatically take you to the details we can currently provide. There is also an arrow on the righthand side of the page which will take you back to the top. If you can't find what you are looking for, please go to additional information and contact us through our customer service channels.

Great Northern


VENUE: Unit 5, Great Northern

MIF21 SHOWS: The Global Playground

ADDRESS: Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN (Maps Link)

VENUE TYPE: Great Northern Warehouse is a Grade II listed former railway warehouse that has been converted into a leisure complex.

VENUE ACCESS: There is step-free access to all areas of Great Northern. The lift on the right next to the main entrance brings you to the first floor, from where there is level access to Unit 5 – a large warehouse space with a brick wall, concrete floor and metal pillars. Our front-of-house and volunteer team will be on hand to direct you.

TOILETS:

There are toilets at the venue, including accessible toilets on the same floor as the performance space.

TRAVEL AND PARKING:

Parking

The closest car parks with accessible parking spaces are the NCP Great Northern Warehouses 1 and 2 on Watson Street (M3 4EE). There are 25 accessible spaces available in Warehouse 1 and 35 in Warehouse 2 which both operate on a first come, first serve basis. Alternatively, there are 7 designated Blue Badge parking bays on Mount Street (approximately 500m from Great Northern Warehouse).

Blue Badge holder parking is also available at the NCP Manchester Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. There are 35 accessible bays available on a first come, first serve basis and the Spinningfields car park is roughly 650m walking distance from Great Northern.

Train & Metrolink

Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink station (Zone 1) and Deansgate railway station are approximately 320m from Great Northern Warehouse. All platforms have step-free access, and there are lifts at Deansgate railway station and at the Metrolink station (accessible at the far end of Deansgate, on the corner of Whitworth Street West). There is no tactile paving at Deansgate station, and level access to the Manchester platform is via the overbridge from the Metrolink station. Alternatively, St Peter’s Square (Zone 1) is approximate 480m from the venue.

Taxi

There is a taxi drop-off point outside Great Northern on Deansgate but please note, the rank will be out of operation on Tuesday 29 June, Wednesday 30 June and 1 July. For a full map of city centre taxi ranks, please visit the Manchester Council website.

Bus

You can catch a free bus service (routes 1 and 3) to Deansgate (less than 100m away) – but please note that these services will be re-routed on Tuesday 29 June, Wednesday 30 June and Thursday 1 July. For full details of free bus routes, visit the TfGM website.

Cycling & Bike Parking

There are plenty of bike-parking locations nearby, including 1 Watson Street (6 spaces), 40 Watson Street (16 spaces) and further along Windmill Street (22 spaces) – all within approximately 350m-400m of the venue.

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful – but please remember that we cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

Deansgate


VENUE: Deansgate

MIF21 SHOWS: Sea Change

ADDRESS: Deansgate - between Quay Street & Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M3 4EN (Maps Link)

VENUE TYPE: Deansgate is a public street in central Manchester. It is exposed to the elements, so please wear sensible shoes and outdoor clothing.

VENUE ACCESS: Sea Change will be presented on Deansgate between Peter Street/Quay Street (at the Great Northern Warehouse) to Great Bridgewater Street (by the Hilton Manchester Deansgate/Beetham Tower). This section of road will be subject to closures between Tuesday 29 June and Thursday 1 July inclusive, but will still be accessible by pavement on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 June.

Please note that there is a step down from the pavement to the curb on Deansgate, as well as dropped curbs at crossings and junctions.

TRAVEL AND PARKING:

Parking

There is limited on street Blue Badge holder parking around Deansgate.

The closest car parks with accessible parking spaces are the NCP Great Northern Warehouses 1 and 2 on Watson Street (M3 4EE). There are 25 accessible spaces available in Warehouse 1 and 35 in Warehouse 2 which both operate on a first come, first serve basis. These car parks are approximately 300m away from central Deansgate.

Alternatively, there are also Blue Badge parking spaces available at the NCP Manchester Deansgate, Blackfriars Street M3 2EQ or 35 bays at the NCP Manchester Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. Both of these car parks are approximately 550m away from the main street.

Train & Metrolink

Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink station (Zone 1) and Deansgate railway station are approximately 480m from the central shopping street area. All platforms have step-free access, and there are lifts at Deansgate railway station and at the Metrolink station (accessible at the far end of Deansgate, on the corner of Whitworth Street West). There is no tactile paving at Deansgate station, and level access to the Manchester platform is via the overbridge from the Metrolink station.

Bus

The free bus service stops at all city centre railway stations in and around the Deansgate performance area. For full details of free bus routes, visit the TfGM website.

Cycling & Bike Parking

There are plenty of bike-parking locations nearby, including 133 Deansgate (4 spaces, 480m away), 101 Deansgate (4 spaces, 650m away), 138 Deansgate (20 spaces, 650m away), 1 King Street (6 spaces, 650m away), 88 Deansgate (6 spaces, 800m away) and 1 St Anne Street (12 spaces, 800m away).

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful – but please remember that we cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

The Jewish Museum


VENUE: Manchester Jewish Museum

MIF 21 SHOWS: THE LONG, WAITED, WEIGHTED, GATHERING

ADDRESS: 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 8LW (Maps Link).

To find the museum entrance, you can use this 3 word address which corresponds to its exact location within a 3m accuracy. Click on the link - map.w3w.co/pills.legal.dent or search “pills.legal.dent” in the What3Words app to find the Manchester Jewish Museum.

VENUE TYPE: This venue is a combination of newly renovated Grade II* listed synagogue and contemporary museum building. Visitors are asked to book a timed entry slot in advance and to register at the welcome desk upon arrival.

The Laure Prouvost installation is included as part of the general admission and the museum experience takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes including time to enjoy the café and shop at the end of the visit. We advise patrons there is limited seating throughout the museum’s exhibition spaces.

VENUE ACCESS: The new entrance to the Jewish Museum has step free access via a ramp. The ramp takes you to a glass door entrance into the main foyer area. This area has a café space and a box office counter, where tickets can be purchased and pre-purchased tickets will be checked.

Once inside, there is a lift to the first floor and level access throughout the ground floor.

TOILETS

There are toilets at the venue, including gender-neutral, accessible toilets on the ground and first floors. All accessible bathrooms have a metal hoist but no hoist swings.

TRAVEL & PARKING

Parking

There is no on-site parking at the museum, however there is free parking on all streets around the museum. Blue badge holders can park for up to three hours on any single or double yellow line so long as they are not blocking any access to loading areas.

The closest car park with accessible car parking bays is Manchester Printworks, Manchester Transport Interchange, Site B, Shudehill, Manchester, M4 2AF which has 42 accessible bays – this is located approximately 1600m from the venue.

Walking and cycling

The Manchester Jewish Museum is a 15-20 minute walk (approximately 1300m) from the city centre on foot. There are 8 spaces in their on-site bike racks at the entrance to the museum. We hope you find the information about bike parking useful but please remember, MIF cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

Bus

Both the 41 and 135 buses stop on Cheetham Hill Road within 100m from the museum’s entrance at the Elizabeth Street and Derby Street stops.

Metrolink

The nearest Metrolink stop is Victoria Station which is a 15-minute (approximately 1300m) walk from the museum. Victoria Station has step free access around the whole station via use of lifts between platforms and the Victoria Metrolink station can also be accessed using ramps.

COVID-19

To find out what to expect when you visit and how the museum will be keeping its visitors safe
https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/covid-19-keeping-you-safe/

FAQs

Read Manchester Jewish Museum’s Frequently Asked Questions here: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/about-us/faqs/

Home


VENUE: Home

MIF 21 SHOWS: Poet Slash Artist

ADDRESS: 2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN (Maps Link)

VENUE TYPE: HOME is a large, modern, multi-purpose arts and performance venue. The building has been an international centre for contemporary art, theatre and film since 2015.

VENUE ACCESS: There are three levels to the building, including the ground floor and these are all accessible via a lift. All spaces have wheelchair access.

HOME welcomes Assistance Dogs UK (ADUK) accredited dogs with formal identification. If you wish to make an enquiry or book a specific seat or space for your dog in advance, please get in touch by emailing access@homemcr.org or calling Box Office on 0161 200 1500.

Hearing Induction Loops support customers with hearing aids that are switched to the T setting. There are audio induction loop systems at the HOME box office.

TOILETS

There are accessible toilets on all levels and gender-neutral toilets are located on the Ground Floor.

TRAVEL & PARKING

Parking

Blue Badge holders can park on Whitworth Street West in a parking space near to the open railway arch labelled Jack Rosenthal Street which is approximately 100m from HOME’s entrance. Once parked, follow the pedestrian-only Jack Rosenthal Street to the right to find HOME’s entrance.

There is also the Q-Park First Street multi-storey car park with 28 accessible parking spaces. This car park is located across from HOME on Tony Wilson Place at First Street. The pedestrian car park entrance is approximately 30m from HOME’s main entrance and is located facing the pedestrian public square, Tony Wilson Place.

Car Drop-offs

The closest drop-off point is approximately 100m from HOME’s entrance. This drop-off point is located on Whitworth Street West at the open railway arch labelled Jack Rosenthal Street. This is next to Belvoir Lettings and leading to Starbucks.

Bus

The 256 bus from Piccadilly Gardens stops on Medlock Street. The bus stops are located 50m and 150m from HOME’s entrance. Alternatively, you can use the free bus that links the main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses in the city centre. Free buses run from Piccadilly, Salford Central, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate train stations. There are three circular routes covering the city centre (the Route 3 stops near HOME on Whitworth Street West from 7.30am apart from on Sundays). Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website to view the free bus map and to plan your journey.

Train & Metrolink

Deansgate-Castlefield is the nearest Metrolink stop, which is 320m from HOME (Zone 1). This station has step-free access to the platforms, and lift access to the station from the street at the corner of Deansgate and Whitworth St West.

Deansgate railway station is the closest (320m away from HOME) with Oxford Road station approximately 480m away from the venue. Please note, there are no tactile pavings at Deansgate station. Level access to the Manchester platform is via the overbridge from the Metrolink stop.

Alternatively, Piccadilly train station is located 1100km away and Victoria train station is 1600m from HOME’s entrance. If you arrive at Piccadilly or Victoria, take either a train to Oxford Road, the tram to Deansgate or use the free bus.

Cycling & Bike Parking

There are 40 spaces for bikes to park outside the entrance to HOME and 16 spaces under the arch at the start of First Street (less than 75m away).

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful but please remember, MIF cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

For more specific information about access at HOME, please visit their website or check out their access guide.

Manchester Arndale


VENUE: Manchester Arndale

MIF 21 SHOWS: Portrait of Black Britain

ADDRESS: New Cannon Street Mall, Manchester M4 1AZ (Maps Link)

VENUE TYPE: Manchester Arndale is a large, busy, modern, shopping centre.

VENUE ACCESS: Manchester Arndale is accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. There is limited socially distanced seating throughout the mall. If you require additional support accessing the building, please speak to a Manchester Arndale team member at one of the entrances and within the mall. Assistance dogs are welcome at Manchester Arndale.

TOILETS

There are larger private toilets at all three of the main toilet facilities inside the Arndale for those who require them, as well as a Changing Places facility. These are accessed via a Radar key, so if you do not have your own, please ask a member of Arndale staff who will be in the area and will be able to assist you. These toilets are open 7am-9.30pm on weekdays and until 10.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, head to the Arndale Centre accessibility site or visit the Changing Places hub for further detail about the Arndale facilities.

TRAVEL & PARKING

Parking

The car park on High Street (Nicholas Croft, M4 1AZ) is the closest car park to Manchester Arndale with designated accessible parking bays for Blue Badge holders. For a map of designated disabled parking bays in Manchester city centre, visit the Manchester City Council website.

Train & Metrolink

The nearest Metrolink stops are Exchange Square (located outside Next, approximately 150m from the Exchange Square entrance to the Arndale), Market Street (approximately 320m from the High Street/Arndale Market entrance to the Arndale) and Shudehill (approximately 320m from the Withy Grove entrance to the Arndale). All these stations have step-free, ramped access to the platforms.

The closest railway station is Manchester Piccadilly, which is approximately 1500m from the Arndale Market entrance to the Arndale.

Bus

Most city centre services stop at either Piccadilly Gardens bus station (approximately 800m from the High Street/Arndale Market entrance) or Shudehill Interchange (approximately 320m from the Withy Grove entrance). For full details of free bus routes, visit the TfGM website.

Cycling & Bike Parking

There are plenty of bike-parking locations nearby, including 66 Market Street (8 spaces), 15 Corporation Street (16 spaces), Printworks on Withy Grove (18 spaces) and 2 Market Street (6 spaces), all within 100m walking distance of Manchester Arndale. You can also bike-park towards the Shudehill car park entrance (8 spaces, 150m away) and the Nicholas Croft Arndale car park entrance (M4 1AZ; 20 spaces, 160m away), or at 70 High Street (10 spaces, 320m away) and 36 High Street (20 spaces, 160m away).

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful – but please remember that we cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

Central Library


VENUE: Central Library

MIF 21 SHOWS : I Love You Too

ADDRESS: St Peters Square, City Centre, M2 5PD (Maps Link)

VENUE TYPE: Large, prominent, library landmark in the city centre.

VENUE ACCESS: There is step-free ramped access at the front of the building and lifts inside to all floors.

TOILETS

There are toilets (including accessible toilets) and a Changing Places facility are available at Manchester Central Library. The accessible facilities are located on the lower ground floor next to the female toilets and close to the lifts. For more information, visit the Changing Places website.

TRAVEL AND PARKING:

Parking

There are seven Blue Badge parking bays behind the library on Mount Street. For a full map of designated disabled parking bays in Manchester city centre, visit the disabled parking space directory.

NCP Central and Great Northern Warehouse car parks are within approximately 480m of Central Library with designated accessible parking bays available on a first come, first serve basis. The Central car park has 15 accessible bays available, Warehouse 1 has 25 and Warehouse 2 has 35 spots available.

Train & Metrolink

Manchester Central Library is located next to the St Peter’s Square Metrolink tram stop (less than 100m).

Central Library is approximately 480m from Oxford Road station (note that there is no tactile paving at this station).

Bus

Free bus services link the city centre’s main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses to St Peter’s Square. The nearest bus stops are located in Piccadilly Gardens and on Portland Street, Albert Square. For full details of free bus routes, visit the TfGM website. Visitors travelling from Salford Central can catch the 50 bus, which stops outside Manchester Town Hall.

Cycling & Bike Parking

There are plenty of bike-parking locations nearby, including Peter Street (24 spaces), 6 Mount Street (18 spaces) and 1828 Central Street (16 spaces) – all less than 100m from the venue. There are 20 spaces at 2 Albert Square (320m away).

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful – but please remember that we cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

Piccadilly Gardens


VENUE: Piccadilly Gardens

MIF21 SHOW: Big Ben Lying Down With Political Books

ADDRESS: Manchester M60 1AY (Maps Link)

VENUE TYPE: Piccadilly Gardens is an outdoor public space in central Manchester. It is exposed to the elements, so please wear sensible shoes and outdoor clothing.

VENUE ACCESS: There is step-free access to all areas via flagged pathways. Some grassed areas in Piccadilly Gardens may be inaccessible to wheelchair users depending on weather conditions.

TOILETS

There are no toilets at the venue. The nearest accessible toilets and Changing Places facility are inside the Manchester Arndale: the High Street/Arndale Market entrance is approximately 480m from the event site. There are larger private toilets at all three main toilet facilities in Manchester Arndale for those who require them, as well as a Changing Places facility. These facilities are accessed via a Radar key: if you do not have your own, please ask a member of Manchester Arndale staff, who will be able to assist you. These toilets are open 7am–9.30pm on weekdays and until 10.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, head to the Manchester Arndale accessibility site and/or the Changing Places hub.

TRAVEL & PARKING

Parking

The nearest accessible parking spaces are at the Piccadilly Gardens multi-storey car park (Chatham Street, M1 3AY). Accessible bays are reserved for Blue Badge holders (standard parking charges apply) and all payment is cashless. For a map of designated disabled parking bays in Manchester city centre, visit the Manchester City Council website.

Bus

Most buses to the city centre stop at Piccadilly Gardens bus station, approximately 300m from the event site. The bus station is connected to the Gardens via a step-free route, but please note that there are tramlines laid into the ground in some areas. For full details of free bus routes, visit the TfGM website.

Train & Metrolink

Piccadilly Gardens is a short walk (650m) from Manchester Piccadilly station and the train station has step free access to platforms and city routes, as well as to and from Manchester Piccadilly Metrolink for access to the tram system.

The closest Metrolink stop is Piccadilly Gardens, adjacent to the event site with ramped access to the platforms, or Market Street (approximately 160m away) depending on your route. Both Metrolink stops are accessible, with step free access to the platforms.

Cycling & Bike Parking

There are plenty of bike-parking locations nearby, including the former Travelshop at Piccadilly Gardens (8 spaces), 19 Piccadilly (16 spaces), McDonald’s (12 spaces) and ASK Italian (8 spaces) – all within 120m of the venue. A little further away, you can bike-park next to Manchester Souvenirs (via Portland Street; 8 spaces, 320m away) 61 Piccadilly (10 spaces, 320m away).

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful – but please remember that we cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

The Factory


VENUE: The Factory

MIF21 SHOWS: Arcadia

ADDRESS: Water Street, M3 4JQ (Maps Link)

VENUE TYPE: The Factory is a major new arts space and the future year-round home of MIF. It is currently under construction, but the large open spaces on the ground floor will be reimagined as Arcadia at MIF21.

As a building under construction, all patrons are advised to wear sensible shoes and comfortable outdoor clothing to move around the space.

VENUE ENTRY: There will be two entrances to The Factory site for Arcadia, one for general admission and one route with step-free access. We will send access details with your booking confirmation and ticket.

TOILETS

Information to be confirmed.

TRAVEL & PARKING

Parking

Accessible parking is available in the NCP Great Northern Warehouses 1 and 2 (Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4EE) where there are 25 spaces available in Warehouse 1 and 35 in Warehouse 2. Accessible parking bays are available on a first come, first serve basis.

There are also three blue badge parking spaces in front of the Science and Industry museum on Lower Byrom Street.

Train & Metrolink

Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink station (Zone 1) and Deansgate railway station are approximately 800m from The Factory site. All platforms have step-free access, and there are lifts at Deansgate railway station and at the Metrolink station (accessible at the far end of Deansgate, on the corner of Whitworth Street West) . There is no tactile paving at Deansgate station, and level access to the Manchester platform is via the overbridge from the Metrolink station.

Bus

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and buses also travel frequently along Liverpool Road. For full details of free bus routes, visit the TfGM website.

The Whitworth


VENUE: Whitworth Art Gallery

MIF SHOWS: Cloud Studies

ADDRESS: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M15 6ER (Maps Link)

VENUE TYPE: The Whitworth is a major art gallery housed in an accessible Grade II listed building adjoining Whitworth Park.

VENUE ACCESS: There is step-free, flat floor access to all areas of the gallery building and lift access to all levels and event spaces. The main doors to the gallery are automatic and open inwards. Assistance dogs are welcome at the Whitworth. Buggy locks are available from the visitor team, and there is a coin-operated buggy park and lockers on the lower ground floor. If you need any assistance upon arrival, please contact the Whitworth Visitor Team on0161 275 7450.

TOILETS

There are accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities at the Whitworth, with an enhanced cleaning programme in place. There are four baby-changing areas with space for large pushchairs. You can collect an emergency baby supplies kit (nappies, wipes and other essentials) from the Oxford Road reception desk. You are also welcome to breast- or bottle-feed babies in our gallery spaces, where there is ample seating. Please ask a member of staff for suggestions if you’d prefer somewhere more private. For more information or assistance, contact the Whitworth Visitor Team on 0161 275 7450.

TRAVEL & PARKING

Parking

There is a limited amount of accessible Blue Badge parking close to the venue. On Denmark Road (adjacent to the gallery) there are 5 accessible bays (locations below), 9 spaces for car / bus drop-off and 7 double yellow line areas that can be used by Blue Badge holders.

Three designated Blue Badge bays are directly beside the Whitworth’s Parkside entrance on Denmark road, there is a short, step-free path from the park gates to the entrance. From the Oxford Road entrance, there is an additional 2 accessible bays further along on Denmark Road for the surrounding buildings. If using these you can enter through our main gates (across the bicycle lanes) and up shallow gradient ramps leading to our automatic doors, which open inwards.

Train & Metrolink

The gallery is approximately 1800m from Oxford Road railway station (note that there is no tactile paving at this station).

The gallery is 2300km along Oxford Road from St Peter’s Square Metrolink station, which has step-free access to the platforms.

Bus

The gallery is on a major bus route: you can take any bus in the 40s from Piccadilly Gardens.

Cycling & bike parking

The Whitworth has 10 spots for bike parking on site. A short walk away, there are additional bike racks along Oxford Road at Taste the Orient (18 spaces, 140m away), Lidl (16 spaces, 320m away) and Superdrug/McDonald’s (4 spaces, 340m away).

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful – but please remember that we cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

Additional Venue Information

COVID-19

To find out what to expect when you visit and how the Gallery will be keeping its visitors safe
https://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/about/coronavirus/

FAQs

Read The Whitworth’s Frequently Asked Questions here: https://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/visit/planyourvisit/

Further Information

Please follow this link - https://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/visit/access/

Alternatively please contact The Whitworth’s Visitor Team on 0161 275 7450 or email whitworth@manchester.ac.uk

Central Hall - Manchester Central


VENUE: Central Hall

ADDRESS: Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX (Maps Link)

MIF 21 SHOWS: All of This Unreal Time, Arlo Parks, Damon Albarn, Homecoming Live, Laurent Garnier: Off the Record, MIF X Salaam Festival, The Patience of Trees, Patti Smith Quartet, Rooted in Rhyme

VENUE TYPE: Manchester Central is a modern conference centre and exhibition space converted from a Victorian railway station.

VENUE ACCESS:

Manchester Central is accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. All entrances accessible via ramps, and the main foyer entrances are sensor-activated. Venue signage uses pictorial symbols and there are contrasting graphics on the wall-to-floor glazing. Assistance dogs are welcome. There are induction loop facilities in the Exchange Auditorium, Central and Charter Foyers.

There is step-free access to Central Hall via the main entrance and Central foyer, where you will find accessible toilets (including a baby change unit) and a reception space next to the entrance.  Please note that the accessible bathrooms do not include a hoist. There will be a bar in the main Central Hall event space.

For further detail about accessibility at Manchester Central, please visit their website.

TRAVEL & PARKING

Parking

NCP Manchester Central (Lower Mosley Street, M2 3GX), is located beneath Manchester Central and has 15 designated accessible parking bays with direct access to Manchester Central via stairs, lifts and escalators. You can pre-book spaces via the NCP website

Train & Metrolink

Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink station (Zone 1) and Deansgate railway station are approximately 650m from Manchester Central. All platforms have step-free access, and there are lifts at Deansgate railway station and at the Metrolink station (accessible at the far end of Deansgate, up a ramp on the corner of Whitworth Street West). There is no tactile paving at Deansgate station, and level access to the Manchester platform is via the overbridge from the Metrolink station. Alternatively, St Peter’s Square (Zone 1) is approximately 175m from Manchester Central.

Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria rail stations are both around 1200-1300m from Manchester Central. There is step-free access throughout both stations, including level access to the platforms and city routes, as well as access to the Metrolink tram network using ramps.

Taxis

There is a dedicated taxi rank at the front of the venue for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Buses

The free bus service routes link the city centre's main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses to St Peter's Square Metrolink station. For full bus service routes, please visit the TFGM website.

Cycling & Bike Parking

There are 8 bike-parking spaces on Windmill Street and 8 spots at the Peterloo Memorial Monument (55m from the venue). There are plenty of other bike-parking locations within 150m of the venue, including 15 Lower Mosely Street (6 spaces), 919 Bishopsgate (10 spaces) and half way down Mount Street (6 spaces).

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful but please remember, MIF cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

Exchange Auditorium - Manchester Central


VENUE: Exchange Auditorium

ADDRESS: Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX (Maps Link)

MIF 21 SHOWS: Looking Forward to Tomorrow, Notes on Grief

VENUE TYPE: Manchester Central is a modern conference centre and exhibition space converted from a Victorian railway station. The Exchange Auditorium is a seated auditorium attached to the main building.

VENUE ACCESS:

Manchester Central is accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. All entrances accessible via ramps, and the main foyer entrances are sensor-activated. Venue signage uses pictorial symbols and there are contrasting graphics on the wall-to-floor glazing. Assistance dogs are welcome. There are induction loop facilities in the Exchange Auditorium, Central and Charter Foyers.

To access the Exchange Auditorium, use the Windmill Street entrance which will lead you from street level into the Lower Exchange Foyer. There are escalators and lifts to take you upstairs, and accessible bathrooms in both the Upper and Lower Exchange Foyer areas. The Lower Exchange Foyer also includes baby change facilities. Please note that the accessible bathrooms do not include a hoist.  A bar will be available at Exchange Auditorium events.

For further detail about accessibility at Manchester Central, please visit their website.

TRAVEL & PARKING

Parking

NCP Manchester Central (Lower Mosley Street, M2 3GX), is located beneath Manchester Central and has 15 designated accessible parking bays with direct access to Manchester Central via stairs, lifts and escalators. You can pre-book spaces via the NCP website

Train & Metrolink

Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink station (Zone 1) and Deansgate railway station are approximately 650m from Manchester Central. All platforms have step-free access, and there are lifts at Deansgate railway station and at the Metrolink station (accessible at the far end of Deansgate, up a ramp on the corner of Whitworth Street West). There is no tactile paving at Deansgate station, and level access to the Manchester platform is via the overbridge from the Metrolink station. Alternatively, St Peter’s Square (Zone 1) is approximately 175m from Manchester Central.

Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria rail stations are both around 1200-1300m from Manchester Central. There is step-free access throughout both stations, including level access to the platforms and city routes, as well as access to the Metrolink tram network using ramps.

Taxis

There is a dedicated taxi rank at the front of the venue for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Buses

The free bus service routes link the city centre's main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses to St Peter's Square Metrolink station. For full bus service routes, please visit the TFGM website.

Cycling & Bike Parking

There are 8 bike-parking spaces on Windmill Street and 8 spots at the Peterloo Memorial Monument (55m from the venue). There are plenty of other bike-parking locations within 150m of the venue, including 15 Lower Mosely Street (6 spaces), 919 Bishopsgate (10 spaces) and half way down Mount Street (6 spaces).

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful but please remember, MIF cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

Festival Square


VENUE: Festival Square

ADDRESS: Cathedral Gardens, Corporation St, Manchester M4 3BG (Maps Link)

MIF 21 SHOWS: Too many to mention! For details, visit the Festival Square page.

VENUE TYPE: Festival Square is a large, temporary, open-air site in Cathedral Gardens outside the National Football Museum. It will host a packed programme across three stages, one at double height.

VENUE ACCESS:

The entry and exit point to Festival Square is on the corner of Withy Grove, Corporation Street and Fennel Street, opposite Wagamama. The entry/exit point is fully accessible.

Groups of up to six will be admitted to Festival Square on a first-come, first-served basis – you will not be able to pre-book or reserve a table. When the site is at capacity, entry will be via a queueing system. If you are unable to queue for access reasons, please speak to a member of the MIF and/or Festival Square teams.

There is step-free access to all areas of Festival Square with the exception of one stepped grassy area and one area of undulating grass, which may be inaccessible to wheelchair users and those with mobility issues. The flooring in Festival Square is otherwise all paved, and all main routes around the Square have flat floor, level access. There is a variety of seating around the Square, including seats with arms and backrests; two wheelchair-accessible picnic table and bench sets; and some shaded areas and parasols.

There are three stages in Festival Square, with an accessible viewing platform close to Stage 1 and dedicated accessible spaces at the front of Stage 2. Space in these areas will be available on a first-come, first-served basis – please speak to a member staff if you would like any assistance accessing these areas. Some events in Festival Square may involve high noise levels and lighting effects including strobing. They will be clearly signposted around the Square.

Food and drink can be ordered via table service only. Scanning the QR code on your table with your mobile device will take you to a web browser, where you can place your order and pay securely. If you are unable to access the web browser and/or need to pay in cash, please speak to one of the serving staff.

ACCESSIBLE TOILETS:

There is a large accessible toilet inside the National Football Museum, approximately 90m from the accessible viewing platform via the museum café entrance. This is a large cubicle with grab rails, left-sided transfer space and a sink. Further toilets on floors 1, 2 and 4 are accessible via a lift.

There are also larger private toilets at all three of the main facilities inside the Manchester Arndale (350m away), as well as a Changing Places facility. These facilities are accessible via a Radar key: if you do not have your own, please ask a member of Manchester Arndale staff, who will be able to assist you. These toilets are open 7am–9.30pm on weekdays and until 10.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. If you need to leave the Square to use the facilities at the Arndale, you will be able to re-enter Festival Square without queuing. For more information, head to the Manchester Arndale accessibility site and/or the Changing Places hub.

If you need to leave the Square to use the Changing Places facility (or additional accessible toilets) inside the Arndale, you will be able to re-enter Festival Square without queuing.

TRAVEL & PARKING:

Parking

The Q-Park Deansgate North (2 Chapel Street, M3 7WJ) has 23 accessible spaces, while the NCP Printworks (Manchester Transport Interchange, M4 2AF) has a further 42 accessible bays. Both car parks are within 320m of Festival Square. Parking bays are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are five Blue Badge parking spaces opposite Marks & Spencer on Market Street, and two more bays on High Street towards the junction with Thomas Street. For a map of designated disabled parking bays in the city centre, visit the Manchester City Council website.

Train & Metrolink

Festival Square is 230m from Manchester Victoria rail station, which has step-free access throughout. This includes level access to the platforms and city routes, as well as access to the Metrolink network using ramps. There are also accessible toilets (but no changing facilities) at the station. The Exchange Square Metrolink stop is 120m from Festival Square and also has step-free access to all platforms, but please note that there are tramlines set into the road en route to Festival Square.

Bus

Many bus services serve Manchester Victoria station, including the free bus route number 2. For full details of free bus service routes, please visit the TfGM website.

Taxi

There are two taxi drop-off points along Corporation Street near the Printworks and the Co-op. For more information about taxi ranks and hours of operation, please visit the Manchester Council website.

Cycling & Bike Parking

There is no bike parking at Festival Square but there are plenty of parking locations within 200m, including on Deansgate near Manchester Cathedral (10 spaces), just off Todd Street (8 spaces), Long Millgate (6 spaces) and at Printworks on Withy Grove (18 spaces, approximately 320m from Festival Square). There are also 38 cycle stands at Manchester Victoria Station, monitored on CCTV but not under shelter.

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful – but remember that we cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

Tickets & Information Hub


VENUE: MIF Tickets & Information Hub

ADDRESS: Corn Exchange Manchester, Exchange Square, Manchester M4 3TR (Maps Link)

VENUE TYPE: The MIF21 ticketing and information hub is in the former Wahaca restaurant premises within the Grade II* listed Corn Exchange.

VENUE ACCESS:

There is step-free access to the ticketing hub entrance from Exchange Square.

The nearest accessible toilets are inside the National Football Museum, approximately 160m away: a large cubicle toilet with grab rails, left-sided transfer space and a sink, accessible via the café entrance; and further toilets on floors 1, 2 and 4, accessible via a lift.

There are also larger private toilets at all three of the main facilities inside the Manchester Arndale, as well as a Changing Places facility. These facilities are accessible via a Radar key: if you do not have your own, please ask a member of Manchester Arndale staff, who will be able to assist you. These toilets are open 7am–9.30pm on weekdays and until 10.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, head to the Manchester Arndale accessibility site and/or the Changing Places hub.

TRAVEL & PARKING

Parking

The Q-Park Deansgate North (2 Chapel Street, M3 7WJ) has 23 accessible spaces, while the NCP Printworks (Manchester Transport Interchange, M4 2AF) has a further 42 accessible bays. Both car parks are within 320-350m of the Corn Exchange. Parking bays are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are five Blue Badge parking spaces opposite Marks & Spencer on Market Street, and two more bays on High Street towards the junction with Thomas Street. For a map of designated disabled parking bays in the city centre, visit the Manchester City Council website.

Train & Metrolink

The Corn Exchange Manchester is 320m from Manchester Victoria rail station, which has step-free access throughout. This includes level access to the platforms and city routes, as well as access to the Metrolink network using ramps. There are also accessible toilets (but no changing facilities) at the station. The Exchange Square Metrolink stop is directly outside the Corn Exchange, and also has step-free access to all platforms.

Taxis

There are two taxi drop-off points along Corporation Street near the Printworks and the Co-op. For more information about taxi ranks and hours of operation, please visit the Manchester Council website.

Bus

Many bus services serve Manchester Victoria station, including the free bus route number 2. For full details of free bus service routes, please visit the TfGM website.

Cycling & Bike Parking

There are plenty of bike parking locations within 200m of the Tickets & Information Hub including on Deansgate near Manchester Cathedral (10 spaces) and just off Todd Street (8 spaces). There are also spaces at 15 Corporation Street (16 spaces), further down at Long Millgate (6 spaces) and by Printworks on Withy Grove (18 spaces, approximately 400m from Exchange Square). There are also 38 cycle stands at Manchester Victoria Station, monitored on CCTV but not under shelter.

We hope you find the information about bike parking useful – but remember that we cannot be held responsible for your bike, so don’t forget to lock it properly.

Additional Information


Disclaimer – All information is subject to change as a result of new information, COVID-19 planning, venue changes and any unforeseen circumstances. Please keep up to date with this information throughout MIF21. Additional venues and information will be added at a later date.

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