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.

  • 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

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Activity 11–21 October 2018

Design Manchester 2018

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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Dance 19 October 2018, from £12

Wallflower at New Adelphi Theatre

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Activity 11–21 October 2018,

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Manchester Folk Festival
Music 18–21 October 2018, from £6.00

Manchester Folk Festival 2018

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival
Festivals 15–22 October 2018, from £3.00

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival

Contact at STUN Studio, Z-Arts
Theatre 16–27 October 2018, from £6.00

CONTACT at STUN Studio, Z-Arts

Families 5 May–28 October 2018, from £Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Journeys of the Imagination at Quarry Bank