Manchester Art Gallery


We want everyone to be able to enjoy Manchester Art Gallery. We’re working hard to improve access for all visitors including visitors who are deaf and hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted. We also run a monthly session for children on the Autistic spectrum and many gallery staff have had Autism awareness training.

Physical access

There are three disabled parking spaces on Nicholas Street, approximately 10 metres from the ramped access to the main entrance. The main entrance faces Mosley Street. There are an additional three spaces on Princess Street, 50 metres from the main entrance, on the opposite side of the gallery to the Nicholas Street ramp.

Wheelchair and buggy access is via the Nicholas Street ramp to the main entrance. You can borrow manual wheelchairs in the entrance hall. There is a wheelchair lift at the groups entrance on Princess Street.

The gallery is completely accessible for wheelchairs and buggies.

There are accessible toilets on the ground and first floors and baby changing facilities on the ground floor. There are lifts to all floors.


Access for deaf and hard of hearing visitors

There is a tour of the gallery in British Sign Language every month, please see the events calendar for more information.

You can book a British Sign Language interpreter for any of our events by contacting Meg Parnell or Kate Day:
Tel: 0161 235 8855
This service is free but please book in advance.

An induction loop is fitted in the lecture room and portable hearing loops are available for tours, talks and other events in the galleries.

Hearing dogs are welcome.

Access for blind and partially sighted visitors

There are large print guides (in a font size of 17 points) in the galleries to give you more information about the works on display. There is also a handling trail in the Gallery of Craft and Design designed with the help of visually impaired visitors.

Our events programme includes activities especially designed for blind and partially sighted visitors. We run a monthly workshop Making conversation which is all about exploring art using all of your senses.

We hold regular curators tours with audio description and we can arrange for any of our events to be audio described for you. This service is free but please book in advance.

Guide dogs are welcome.

You can get a sighted guide or book an audio described event by contacting Meg Parnell or Kate Day:
Tel: 0161 235 8855

See the events calendar for more information.