IWM North at The Quays

Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum North (or IWM North as it is now known) is a thing of beauty: a shimmering aluminium building that defies architectural norms, perching proudly on the edge of the Manchester Ship Canal. Its design represents a globe shattered by war – with not a right angle in sight. It has a 55 metre-high tower whose open-to-the-elements viewing platform affords spectacular views across the Manchester Ship Canal.

The Rough Guide reckons it’s one of England’s top 10 buildings. Its interior houses a beautifully-presented permanent collection and a well-thought-out series of changing exhibitions that consider the many ways conflict shapes society. A busy series of talks and activities make it a popular destination for all ages; the 360-degree Big Picture Show screens films every hour and is completely free.

Trafford Wharf Road
The Quays
Greater Manchester
United Kingdom
M17 1TZ

Website: www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north

Email: iwmnorth@iwm.org.uk

Telephone: 0161 836 4000

More Information

Opening Hours

Daily 10am-5pm

Admission Charges


Services and Facilities

cafe, shop, tours, events

Children and Families

children's activities, baby changing, children's menu


wheelchair access to all ublic areas, signed tours, guide and hearing dogs welcome, induction loop systems

Commercial and hire services

Available for private functions

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