Piccadilly Gardens

Creative Tourist
Piccadilly Gardens Manchester
By Dave Morton (23 Piccadilly Gardens) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Every time Piccadilly grows, I expand” said poet Lemn Sissay in 2009. Considering how much Piccadilly has grown and changed in recent years, Sissay must be of gargantuan proportions by now. The ever-evolving heart of Manchester is part-public transport hub (the Metrolink and the city’s buses both have central stations here) and part-public gardens: visit in the summertime and you’ll find sunbathers on the grass and kids braving its Tadao Ando-designed water feature. Although the divisive concrete barrier blocking the bus station has turned the grassed area into more of an enclave, Piccadilly Gardens is far from being an urban idyll. Think of it as your gateway to Manchester: Market Street sits to the left, the Northern Quarter is at the helm and trams are on hand to whisk you to The Quays and Heaton Park; it’s up to you what happens next.

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Opening Hours

  • MondayOpen 24 hours
  • TuesdayOpen 24 hours
  • WednesdayOpen 24 hours
  • ThursdayOpen 24 hours
  • FridayOpen 24 hours
  • SaturdayOpen 24 hours
  • SundayOpen 24 hours

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on at Piccadilly Gardens

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ActivityManchester
Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.

free entry

What's on near Piccadilly Gardens

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ActivityManchester
Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.

free entry
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Killer Comedy Club

Killer Comedy Club showcases “the UK’s best upcoming and coming comedians” for a night of roof-raising laughs, with pop-up nights all across the North West.

from £12
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ComedyManchester
Creatures of the Night Comedy Club

An insanely committed seven-nights-a-week, Creatures of the Night Comedy Club opens its doors (20.30-22.30 typically, though please check) for evening after evening of side-splitting comedy.

from £5.00
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Angélica Garcia at The Castle

LA-based experimental pop artist Angélica Garcia is playing at The Castle this summer, in support of her latest cumbia-inspired music.

from £10.00
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ComedyManchester
The Comedy Vault

Every Monday night upstairs at Fierce Bar, The Comedy Vault hosts an outrageously funny open-mic night. Come and try your hand or just to watch and laugh.

free entry

Where to go near Piccadilly Gardens

ABode Manchester
Manchester
Hotel
ABode Manchester

ABode Manchester is a boutique hotel in Manchester with a range of rooms and suites available. It has its own restaurant and plays host to live events. All conveniently situated just a couple of minutes from Piccadilly Station.

Malmaison Manchester
City Centre
Hotel
Malmaison Manchester

Malmaison Manchester has stylish rooms and an excellent bar, all situated conveniently on the doorstep of Piccadilly train station. Rooms start from as little as £90, if you’re looking for a boutique experience on a budget, look no further. 

Brownsfield Mill building in Manchester
Manchester
Tourist Attraction
Brownsfield Mill

Now a Grade-II listed building, Brownsfield Mill in Manchester was constructed in 1825 as a power mill, and later housed the A.V. Roe and Company aviation factory. The former mill forms part of the Piccadilly Basin and is to undergo refurbishment for potential use as flats or office space.

Roby 1844
Manchester
Bar or Pub
Roby 1844

Roby 1844 is a new canalside terrace bar and restaurant based on Aytoun Street in the heart of Manchester.

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Manchester
Restaurant
Bundobust Manchester

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Bar or Pub
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Superstition Bar
Manchester
Bar or Pub
Superstition Bar

Independent underground bar in the heart of the Northern Quarter, serving a vast range of quality cocktails.

Beatnikz Republic
Manchester
Restaurant
Beatnikz Republic

Beatnikz Republic Brewing Company is a microbrewery based in Manchester which has focused on innovative and high-quality beer since 2017.

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Manchester
Café or Coffee Shop
TAKK

An Icelandic coffee bar on the edge of the Northern Quarter

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