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  • Capacity: 250+
  • Suitable for: conferences, dinners, meetings, receptions, training
  • Sustainable Venue


Manchester Central, Petersfield, M2 3GX

Manchester Central

Manchester Central, Petersfield, M2 3GX

Manchester Central is one of the UK’s largest and most versatile event venues, situated in the heart of the city. Our vaulted arches and station clock have made our venue an iconic city feature for more than 140 years. With over 23,000m² of flexible space and a capacity of over 10,000, Manchester Central hosts a unique array of events from intimate small business meetings to high-profile, large-scale conferences, sporting competitions, public exhibitions, political party conferences and large-scale international trade shows.


Located in the heart of Manchester, a city bursting with character, the award-winning venue is surrounded by a vibrant cultural and social scene. We have a wealth of restaurants and bars on the doorstep and more than 2,500 hotel bedrooms within a 5-minute walk.

Our city-centre location and on-site car park mean we are easy to reach, however you choose to travel, thanks to the city’s extensive multi-modal transport network.


Our flexible spaces provide the perfect platform for events of all shapes, sizes and formats, from team conferences and training seminars to business expos. Our largest space, Central Hall, is a magnificent uninterrupted and column-free space which has a capacity of over 10,000. We also have a huge array of other large, medium, and small spaces, including our Exchange Auditorium which has a capacity of 800, our Central Meeting Rooms, and our Exchange rooms that are ideal as break-out spaces or stand-alone event spaces.




We have partnered with Play it Green – an initiative to rebalance our staff carbon footprint, establishing a Climate Positive Workforce.


The venue can be easily accessed by public transport or by car. There is parking beneath the venue (provided by the NCP) including 15 disabled spaces on the Upper Level of the Car Park, with lift access to the venue. Blue badge parking is also available near the venue on Mount Street.

The venue has three entrances which are all accessible, sensor-activated and feature Paxton Intercoms for assistance from the Control Room if required.

Most of our exhibition space is on the ground floor/street level. Events on the first floor can be accessed via our lifts.

The venue has lots of room for wheelchairs and we have several self-propelled wheelchairs available for use within the venue.

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