The Bridgewater Hall

Susie Stubbs
The seats and stage in The Bridgewater Hall
Image courtesy of The Bridgewater Hall

The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS – Visit Now

One of Manchester’s most important cultural buildings, when the Bridgewater Hall opened in 1996 it marked the beginning of a period when the city sloughed off its post-industrial skin in favour of new builds and new ambition. The international concert hall was funded, to the tune of £42m, by Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Development Corporation. The gamble – to fund the creation of one of the finest concert halls in Europe – paid off.

Today the hall is home to The Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic orchestras, as well as the Hallé Choir and the Hallé Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir. It stages around 250 performances each year and attracts the biggest names in classical music. It’s not hard to see why. Purpose-built, the hall was designed around its acoustic needs: it floats on 280, earthquake-proof isolation springs that mute all external noise – handy given the trams rattling past outside.  It also houses a £1.2m pipe organ, whose 5,500 pipes cover the entire back wall of the auditorium.

Opening Times vary depending on shows. Read our guide to the best classical music in Manchester and the North.

  • Lower Mosley Street
  • Manchester
  • M2 3WS
  • View map

Opening Hours

  • Mon: 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tue: 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed: 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Thu: 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri: 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat: Closed
  • Sun: Closed
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges

Free/see specific concerts for prices

Services and Facilities

Concerts, guided tours, shop, bar, café, restaurant

Accessibility

Wheelchair access to all public areas, Bridgewater Hall Access Scheme

Commercial and hire services

Available for hire

Things to do at The Bridgewater Hall

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Music 13–29 December 2018, from £15.50

The Hallé at Christmas

Music 11 October 2018–22 May 2019

The Hallé 2018-19 Season

bbc philharmonic 2018 2019 season at the bridgewater hall manchester
Music 29 September 2018–15 June 2019

BBC Philharmonic 2018/19 Concert Season

Things to do right now

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Cinema 2 November–13 December 2018, from £5

Peterloo at HOME

Cinema 9 November–13 December 2018, from £5

Widows at HOME

Families 6–15 December 2018, from £6

Black Beauty at Z-arts

Activity 24 November–15 December 2018, from £4

World of Music at Band on the Wall

PAPER Gallery in Manchester presents Tim Ellis - Cypher
Exhibitions 10 November–15 December 2018, FREE

Tim Ellis: Cypher at PAPER Gallery

Red Squirrel at Lightwaves
Festivals 7–16 December 2018, FREE

Lightwaves 2018 at The Quays

Re: work at The Holden Gallery
Exhibitions 5 November–19 December 2018, FREE

Re: work at The Holden Gallery

RNCM Autumn Season Creative Tourist
Music 6 September–19 December 2018, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

Cinema 7–20 December 2018, from £5.50

The Old Man & the Gun at HOME

Contact In The City Part Two
Theatre 15 August–23 December 2018,

Contact In The City Part Two

Photo of the festive display outside the Corn Exchange
Families 9 November–23 December 2018, FREE

Manchester Christmas Markets