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. 

Physical access

Our main entrance is on Mosley Street. There is a ramp leading from Nicholas Street with handrails. 

You can borrow manual wheelchairs in the entrance hall.

There is a wheelchair lift and stairs at the alternative entrance on Princess Street. This entrance has an automatic revolving door. 

There are three disabled parking spaces on George Street. This is approx 90 metres from the ramp on Nicholas Street.

Two glass lifts in the main atrium provide access to the galleries on the first and second floors.  

There are accessible toilets on the ground floor and on the first floor.

Baby changing facilities are on the ground floor.

We have benches in most galleries, some galleries have comfy armchairs too. We also have a number of portable stools available near our lifts on the ground floor.  

Access for deaf and hard of hearing visitors

There are regular tours of the gallery in British Sign Language, please see our What’s On calendar for more information. 

You can book a British Sign Language interpreter for any of our events. This service is free but please book in advance by contacting Meg Parnell.

Email: [email protected] 


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. 

Our events programme includes activities specially 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 by contacting Meg Parnell.

Email: [email protected] 

Large Print Label Guides:
Gallery 2 – Friends, Family and Other Animals
Gallery 3 – What is Manchester Art Gallery?
Gallery 8 – Stories of Women, Work and Uncertain Futures
Gallery 11 – What’s New? Collecting For Manchester
Gallery 13 – Unpicking Couture
Gallery 14 – Room to Breathe

Assistance dogs

Guide and assistance animals, including assistance dogs in training, are welcome at the gallery.  

Water bowls for guide and assistance animals are available at the information desk, just ask and our Visitor Team will be happy to help. 

If you would like to visit with an emotional support animal, please contact the Visitor Team at [email protected] prior to your visit to discuss your request, we will not be able to admit emotional support animals without prior approval.