The Bridgewater Hall

Susie Stubbs
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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.

  • Lower Mosley Street
  • Manchester
  • M2 3WS
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sun: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • 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

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