Getting to the show…
Manchester Central is in the heart of Manchester city centre. Strategically located in the centre of the UK, the city is served by strong road, rail and air links, making it an easily accessible location for visitors from all over the world.
This unique venue offers excellent, highly flexible convention and exhibition facilities, with the added benefit of a location that places visitors right at the heart of one of the UK's most dynamic and vibrant cities.
Manchester city centre is compact and easy to navigate, with a wealth of hotel, cultural and entertainment options to satisfy the most discerning of delegates.
Manchester has direct rail connections to all major UK cities – London is just over two hours away by train. Services come into the city at either Piccadilly or Victoria station, both of which connect to Manchester’s Metrolink light-rail system which provides easy access to all parts of the city centre. Take the Metrolink from either Piccadilly or Victoria (in the Altrincham or Eccles direction) and alight at St Peter’s Square, which is within a 5-minute walk of Manchester Central. You can also take advantage of the free Metroshuttle bus that travels between the two stations across the city centre.
For information on train services to Manchester, please use the following links:
Metrolink and Taxis
The extensive Metrolink tram service covers the city centre and areas of Greater Manchester.
To reach the venue, follow signs for Metrolink from either Piccadilly or Victoria, purchase a City Zone ticket on the platform, and take a tram heading for Altrincham or Eccles, alighting at St Peter’s Square. The venue is then a five-minute walk away, behind the Midland Hotel. You can also take advantage of the free Metroshuttle bus that travels across the city centre.
For information on routes and timetables, please visit the Metrolink website: www.metrolink.co.uk
For a more bespoke service, there are a number of reputable taxi and private hire companies which operate in the city. A selection is listed below:
• Radio Cars Manchester - 0161 236 8033
• Mantax Taxis Ltd - 0161 230 3333
• Manchester Minibus Taxis - 0161 850 0568
• Manchester Cars - 0161 237 3383
• Manchester Limousine Service - 0161 49 20 307
Manchester is at the heart of the Northwest’s motorway network, with easy access from all directions on to the M60, the city’s orbital motorway. Once on the M60, exit at Junction 12 and join the M602, signposted towards the city centre. Follow the A57 straight on from the end of the M602, passing under a railway bridge before taking the left hand exit to merge on to the A56 Bridgewater Way. Turn right on to Whitworth Street West at Deansgate station, and then turn left on to Albion Street.
The entrance to the Manchester Central Car Park is through the next set of traffic lights on the left, opposite The Bridgewater Hall.
If you are using sat-nav, type in the post code M2 3GX which will take you to the car park at Manchester Central.
The following links may be useful in helping to plan your journey by car:
Parking at Manchester Central
Once you have travelled into the city by car, the best place to park is the NCP car park on site at Manchester Central. It is open 24 hours. The address details for sat-nav are: Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3GX.
For more information on NCP car parks in Manchester, visit www.ncp.co.uk or telephone 0845 050 7080.
Park and Ride
Access into Manchester is easier if you use one of the many Park and Ride schemes. It is the ideal way to plan a quick, easy journey into the city centre. Parking is free at local rail stations and Metrolink tram stops in Greater Manchester so the only cost is the fare. In many instances the cost of your ticket will be less than your normal parking charges.
If you need more information about times and tickets, call Traveline 0871 200 22 33, or use the journey planner at www.gmpte.com
Manchester Airport is a major international air traffic hub with frequent scheduled flights to the majority of key UK, European and international destinations. It is 9 miles (14.5km) outside the city centre, taking approximately 25 minutes by taxi. Alternatively, there is a direct half-hourly express rail service to the city centre that takes approximately 20 minutes.
More information on services to Manchester airport can be found at www.manchesterairport.co.uk
An accessible venue
A number of wheelchairs can be hired for patrons' use while in the venue. To enquire about bookings and availability, contact the First Aid department on 0161 834 2700 ext.2211 or email email@example.com. Requests for use should be made in advance where possible, as availability cannot otherwise be ensured. Please note that Manchester Central wheelchairs should not be removed from the venue.