Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL – Visit Now
The Charles Barry-designed, Grade I-listed Manchester Art Gallery is one of the city’s premier-league galleries. It benefited from a £35m extension in 2002, which now ensures that it can display an outstanding Victorian collection alongside regularly changing contemporary exhibitions. Alongside the displays is the excellent hands-on Clore Arts Studio for kids, developed by artists to offer first-rate creative endeavours such as making sculptural hideouts and regular artist-led workshops.
Bright, light, surrounded by art. Such is my life, but this is also a good description of the cafe at Manchester Art Gallery, now with acclaimed chef Matthew Taylor at the helm. Gallery cafes can be ‘functional’ – somewhere to collapse after looking at important things – but this is a step further on. You can find our full review of Manchester Art Gallery Cafe here.
There’s an impressive shop and events programme, too, with a weekly “Thursday Lates” series (where the gallery opens until around 8pm and hosts a range of music, literature and art evenings).
Admission ChargesFree admission
Services and FacilitiesPermanent collection, temporary exhibitions, events, shop, café, lockers
AccessibilityWheelchair access to all public areas
Commercial and hire servicesAvailable for hire