The Manchester Contemporary
Manchester Central Convention Complex
Venue Reception: 0161 834 2700
Press and promotional photography and filming is taking place on these premises. Your attendance serves as permission for the use of your image by the show and its constituents.
For your security, bag checks will be carried out as you enter the venue. Please have your bags ready for checking. Thank you for your co-operation.
Manchester Central is designed for maximum accessibility at all our events. Most exhibition space is on the ground floor/street level and can be easily accessed via the main entrance. Entrances are fully accessible and our foyer entrances are sensor-activated. Events on the first floor can be accessed via stairs or lifts.
Signage uses pictorial symbols and there are contrasting graphics on the wall-to-floor glazing. Assistance dogs are welcome and there are an Induction Loop facilities in Exchange Auditorium and Central and Charter Foyers.
Manchester Central is committed to continually improving accessibility for the venue and always welcome feedback from visitors. Recent improvements include disability awareness staff training; refurbished toilet facilities; smooth paving over cobbled access areas; highlighted nosing and additional handrails; and Deaf Alerter - a radio-based fire alarm.
There is lots of room for wheelchairs and self-propelled wheelchairs are available for use within the venue. To enquire, contact the First Aid department on +44 (0)161 834 2700 ext. 2211 or email. Bookings should be made in advance as availability cannot be guaranteed otherwise.
M6 ( From North )
Continue along M6 and take junction 21a onto M62, through Eccles, to the end of the M602 ( Regent Road Roundabout, Salford ). Follow City Centre signs along Regent Road and turn left onto Water Street, then right onto Liverpool Road. Go across Deansgate to access Manchester Central.
OR ( Via M61 )
Take junction 30 ( just south of Preston ) onto M61.
Follow M61 until it becomes M62 at Swinton. Take junction 14a off M62 onto the A580 ( East Lancashire Road ). Follow A580 through Salford ( A6 ) into Manchester. Turn right onto Trinity Way, which then becomes Quay Street. Continue along Quay Street, straight across Deansgate onto Peter Street. Take the first right from Peter Street onto Watson Street for Manchester Central.
M62 ( From Liverpool )
Follow M62 to the end ( Regent Road Roundabout, Salford ). Follow City Centre signs along Regent Road. Turn left onto Water Street, then right onto Liverpool Road. Go across Deansgate to access Manchester Central.
M62 ( From Yorkshire )
Take junction 17 off M62 onto A56 ( Bury New Road ).
Follow A56 into Manchester. Turn right onto Trinity Way, which then becomes Quay Street. Continue along Quay Street, straight across Deansgate onto Peter Street. Take the first right from Peter Street onto Watson Street for Manchester Central.
A55 ( North Wales )
Follow A55, pick up A550 at Queensferry. Take the A5117 and continue along the A5117 until it becomes the start of M56.
Follow the M56, past Manchester Airport, then take junction 3 onto the A5103 ( Princess Parkway ). Follow the A5103 and it takes you straight into Manchester City Centre and pick up signage for Manchester Central Convention Complex.
From Trafford Centre
Leave at Festival Village exit. Follow signs for M60. Turn right after Asda onto Ash Burton Road ( B5214 ). Follow that all the way to A56. Follow signs for Manchester City Centre and you will pick up signs for Manchester Central Convention Complex.
Visit the Manchester Central Website for more information.
Manchester Airport is a major international hub just nine miles (14.5km) from the city centre. It serves more than 200 destinations worldwide including direct routes to nine US cities. From the airport, the city is approximately 25 minutes away by taxi or just 20 minutes via the half-hourly express rail service (tickets £3.00-£4.00).
Information on Manchester Airport can be found at:
It takes a little over two hours to reach Manchester from London and Manchester also has direct connections to most major UK cities. Services arrive at Piccadilly or Victoria stations where passengers can connect with Metrolink trams for easy access to the city centre. Manchester Central is a 20 minute walk from Piccadilly Station or just 5 minutes by taxi. Alternatively, catch a connecting train to Oxford Road Station - just five minutes from Manchester Central on foot.
For groups of three to nine people, Virgin Trains offer a 20% discount off advanced ticket purchases.
To find out more visit: www.virgintrains.co.uk/tickets/your-ticket/group-travel
Manchester is at the heart of a comprehensive motorway network. Manchester's M60 orbital motorway provides easy access from north, south, east and west.Directions:
For parking, Manchester Central's on-site NCP car park is open 24 hours and the most convenient option.
If using a satellite navigation system - please follow the postcode M2 3GX.
The city’s Metrolink network is expanding and currently the nearest stop to Manchester Central is Deansgate-Castlefield. From there, we’re just a few minutes on foot - just follow the signs along the route.
Metrolink runs every few minutes from early morning until late in the evening. You don’t need a timetable, just turn up, buy your ticket and the next Metrolink will be along shortly. However while the network is being improved, please do check your route before travelling.
Routes and further information can be found on the Metrolink website.
Manchester's extensive multi-modal public transport network makes it easy to travel in and around Greater Manchester.
Find out more at www.tfgm.com or phone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33. You can also visit a Travelshop at main bus stations throughout Greater Manchester, including Manchester Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill Interchange.
Manchester Central works with Manchester’s black cab drivers to make sure they know when we're going to be busy.
There is a dedicated taxi rank at the front of the venue for pick ups and drop offs. Black cab taxis are readily available at Manchester Airport and both Piccadilly and Victoria train stations.
There is an NCP (National Car Park) directly below Manchester Central that is open 24 hours a day all year round. It has 720 spaces including 18 disabled parking bays and there is direct access to Manchester Central by lift, stairs and escalators.
The height restriction for this Car Park is 1.98m.
For more information:
Tel: + 44 (0)161 817 8900
If using a satellite navigation system - please follow the postcode M2 3GX