Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
Image courtesy of Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Manchester Craft & Design Centre, 17 Oak St, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD – Visit Now

Rejoice! Manchester Craft & Design Centre are open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays in August. One of our favourite places in Manchester, Manchester Craft & Design Centre is hands down the most reliable one-stop-shop for unique, but not over-priced, gifts in the city. Welcome to the mecca of all things beautiful, handmade and one-of-a-kind. Pay them a visit in August and help support independent Makers and small businesses during these challenging times.

While not everyone is ready to get out there just yet, the Centre is reopening in a phased way to ensure the maximum safety for visitors, staff and their wonderful Makers. Expect similar precautions to what we’ve seen the hospitality industry of late – on arrival you’ll be able to sanitise your hands before following a one-way system around the building. Visitor numbers will be limited to make sure you’re never feeling overcrowded, and there’ll be a place outside to queue just in case you have to wait.

Outside of the August opening hours Makers are taking customer appointments (you just need to get in touch with the Makers) and continue to sell online. Even more good news, Oak St Café is open for pre-orders and collection.

Housed in a former Victorian fish and poultry market in the heart of the Northern Quarter, MCDC has been going strong for over 30 years, providing a home to some of the region’s most talented independent artists, designers and makers, selling textiles, jewellery, ceramics, prints, fine art, sculpture and more.

More than just a shopping experience however, a visit to MCDC is also an opportunity to browse the units of this beautiful building and enter into conversation with the various resident artists and makers at work. While for those looking to get creative themselves, a busy programme of exhibitions, events and workshops will provide all the inspiration and guidance you could possibly need.


  • 17 Oak St, Northern Quarter
  • Manchester
  • M4 5JD
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges


Services and Facilities

Shops, exhibitions, workshops, events, gift vouchers available, café


Wheelchair access to ground floor studios only

Things to do at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

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