Manchester: Best arts and culture-themed venues

C&IT runs through a range of the best arts and culture venues suitable for events in Manchester.

HOME, Manchester (© Mecanoo Architects)
HOME, Manchester (© Mecanoo Architects)
Some of Manchester's most well-known arts and cultural venues have been given a revamp this year. The former home of Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, who penned classics including Cranford, North and South, and Wives and Daughters, reopened in October following a £2.5m renovation. It now serves as a visitor attraction with period rooms and a garden that can be booked for events.

Its neighbour, the Whitworth Art Gallery, re-opened in February. Its £15m-transformation has seen new state-of-the-art facilities, extended gallery spaces, a learning studio and a cafe added. Its restored, double-height, Jacobean-style Grand Hall can seat up to 200 guests.

HOME, a new purpose-built centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film, opens this month. The venue will have five cinema spaces, two theatres including the 450-capacity Theatre 1, a 500m2 gallery space, a contemporary function room and an outdoor terrace ideal for drinks receptions for up to 100 delegates. It will be complemented by the new 208-bedroom Innside Manchester hotel by Melia.

Due to its popularity, the Coronation Street tour at the soap's former Quay Street set has been extended until the end of the year. Groups of up to 34 can go behind the scenes, see the dressing rooms and pose for pictures outside the famous Rovers Return pub. The site is also available to book out exclusively for up to 250 guests.

Manchester has a wide range of themed walking tours, departing daily from multiple locations around the city, which are available for corporate groups. New walks for this summer include: Ten Manchester inventions that shook the world; Jonathan Schofield's Impossible Bridge and the Improbable Hill tour, which features cemeteries, strange sculptures, great views and a scramble up the stones that built the city; and various World War I-themed tours.

Manchester Convention Bureau
Contact: Nicola Read
Tel: 0161 238 4597


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