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.
Admission ChargesFree/see specific concerts for prices
Services and FacilitiesConcerts, guided tours, shop, bar, café, restaurant
AccessibilityWheelchair access to all public areas, Bridgewater Hall Access Scheme
Commercial and hire servicesAvailable for hire