Manchester School of Art

Esther Routledge
Image courtesy of Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 6BR – Visit Now

Manchester School of Art is both a piece of the city’s history, and host to Design Manchester festival, open lectures, conferences, theatre and, of course, exhibitions. Opened just after the Royal Academy in London, the Manchester School of Art was established in 1838.

Visiting the school today, you’re best off entering on the Boundary Street West/Higher Ormond Street side for the main reception as the original building on Cavendish Street is where you’ll find The Holden Gallery. Visibly very different from the exquisite Victorian stone masonry of the gallery, the new building of glass and steel was opened in 2013 on the school’s 175th birthday and went on to win a RIBA award. The atrium offers glimpses of students’ work as you traverse the walkways and its ‘vertical gallery’ is open to the public.


  • Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street
  • Manchester
  • M15 6BR
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat: Closed
  • Sun: Closed
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

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Wheelchair accessible