Manchester for groups

Date Posted: 04/08/2015

Home in Manchester.

Pictured: Home (Photo credit: Mechanoo architects).

Sarah Holt travelled back to her home town to find out what's new for groups visiting Manchester.

What’s new?

In May, Home, Manchester’s new centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film opened its doors. It’s pocket friendly, too – most art exhibitions are free and coach drivers and guides are entitled to concessions on theatre and cinema tickets.

A five-minute drive from Oxford Road, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House was once home to the Wives and Daughters’ writer Elizabeth Gaskell. Following a £2.5 million restoration it’s now open to the public, and for group tours.

The Whitworth Gallery has just re-opened following a £15 million transformation. A visit here will introduce you to both historical and contemporary exhibitions as well as outdoor art events.

Hotel Football.

Pictured: Hotel Football.

Group Accommodation in Manchester

Hotel Football: Owned by footballing legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, the newly opened Hotel Football looks out over Old Trafford. There are 133 rooms and a five-a-side pitch on the roof, which can be used for parties.

The Hilton Manchester Deansgate: Located in the tallest building in Manchester this limelight-stealing hotel is also home to Manchester’s famous Cloud 23 bar, which serves panoramic views alongside its cocktails.

The Crowne Plaza: Located in the Northern Quarter, this reasonably priced hotel has 228 modern rooms.


Essential Sights

Museum of Science and Industry: Based on the site of the world’s first passenger railway, the Museum of Science and Industry tells the story of the science that changed the world. Special itinerary planning and discounts are available for group tours.

IWM North: This northern branch of the Imperial War Museum lifts the lid on the impact war has on people’s lives. Pre-booked parties get free passes to the 100-foot AirShard, which serves up views over Manchester.

Chinatown: Just around the corner from Manchester City Council’s offices there’s a transplant from Asia. This northern Chinatown is the largest outside London.

Cornelia Parker's War RoomThe Whitworth, Photographer David Levene

Pictured: Cornelia Parker's War RoomThe Whitworth (Photo credit: David Levene).

Best for groups in Manchester

Ticket discounts, afternoon tea and meal deals are just some of the perks on offer to groups at Manchester Palace Theatre. The national tour of Hairspray heads here in October and The Bodyguard takes to the stage in December.

A visit to Manchester United’s stadium is a rite of passage in Manchester. Learn all about the Red Devils at the interactive Manchester United Museum & Tour. Group discounts are available. 

This summer the Corn Exchange will open following a £30 million redevelopment. The exact date has yet to be announced but it will be the place to make pit stops as it will feature a number of group-friendly restaurants.

Take a tour

Discover Manchester runs daily walking tours of the city that show off the architecture, dig into the history and leak tales of local heroes and villains.

2015 will be your last chance to experience Coronation Street The Tour, which was the set of the nation’s favourite soap for decades. The cobbles will be closed at the end of December.

For a real northern baptism, board a Mersey Ferry at Salford Quays, 15 minutes from Oxford Road, and sail up the Manchester Ship Canal to Liverpool. Groups of 20 or more are entitled to a discount.

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