Manchester Art Gallery

Gallery of Costume


Gallery of Costume
Platt Hall
M14 5LL
Tel: 0161 245 7245
Contact us by email

Opening hours

We are open Thursday and Friday 1-5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Closed Good Friday 14 April

Entry is free


Building refurbishment

We are currently undertaking a renovation of one part of the ground floor of Platt Hall to eradicate moth activity, and as a result the 20th Century displays are temporarily closed to visitors.

Our opening times will remain unchanged and the current temporary exhibition, Mary Quant: Fashion Icon, will remain open throughout the refurbishment.

We will also retain the first floor permanent exhibitions of 17th , 18th and 19th century fashion and our shop and pop-up cafe. We regret, however, that there will be no specific 20th century costume galleries for the time being.
(October 2016)


Our revamped shop stocks a wide range of books, postcards and gifts inspired by costume.


We have a pop-up cafe selling delicious coffee, tea, cakes and snacks. And, there’s free WiFi too.

Getting here

The Gallery of Costume is on the corner of Wilmslow Road and Platt Lane, in Platt Fields Park, Rusholme, South Manchester.

By Bus

From the city centre: 40-46, 48-49, 142-3.

For more detailed bus information, telephone 0161 228 7811 or visitGMPTE’s website.

By Car

On-road parking is available on Platt Lane.

By Coach

The most appropriate coach drop off point is on Platt Lane, off Wilmslow Road to the side of the gallery.


The Gallery of Costume welcomes visitors with disabilities. There is parking next to the entrance (please telephone 0161 245 7245 in advance for assistance) and independent wheelchair access to the ground floor via a ramp to the main door.

There are stairs with handrails to the first floor, however there is not a lift. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome. The fully accessible toilets are on the ground floor.
Friends of Manchester City Galleries

Manchester City Galleries has an active and sociable Friends’ group. VisitSupporting Us for more information.