Manchester Art Gallery

Plan your visit

We’ve got an exciting new programme of schools workshops for 2015. Alternatively, groups can arrange a self-guided visit if you’d like to do your own thing. The cost of our workshops are £3.50 per pupil with a minimum charge of £70.00 and it’s free for accompanying adults. To make a booking or for further information please contact us via the booking forms further down this page.

If you would like to speak to us, please call:

Tel: 0161 235 8842

Lunch facilities

We have a small lunchroom that schools can use for eating packed lunches in. The lunchroom has to be booked in advance so please ask about it when you make your booking.


All self-guided groups must book in advance and sign in at the information point. The group leader is responsible for the behaviour and well-being of their group at all times.

For large self-guided groups, staff and students can be divided into small groups to explore the gallery.

Accompanying adults should be given guidelines of their supervisory role and the importance of staying with the pupils.

Coach drop off

The coach drop off point for schools is on Princess Street between Mosley Street and George Street.

You may then use the side entrance on Princess Street with the glass doors.

If for any reason this entrance is not available, then please walk around the corner to use the main entrance on Mosley Street.

Planning to travel by tram

Ask when booking about our special partnership with Merolink where children can travel to the gallery for £1 return and accompanying adults for £2 return.

Before you visit

We advise that all teachers conduct a preliminary visit before attending the gallery with their pupils. If you phone in advance a member of the learning team may be able to meet you and help you with your planning.

All taught sessions have information about the key aims and activities available on this website. Use these to assist your planning, including the development of teaching activities for pre and post visit learning.

Please ensure that all accompanying adults on your visit are aware of their role on the visit and are prepared to engage in the learning and support the pupils.

Risk assessment

To aid your planning, please, download the following risk assessment documents:

Risk-assessment PDF (60KB)
Risk-assessment DOC (29KB)