Plan Your Visit

We use art to help children and young people of Manchester develop skills to live a positive life by fostering creativity, developing well-being and championing voice.

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Self-guided visits

Your group, your visit, your way.

Did you know you could plan a free, self-guided visit to Manchester Art Gallery? 
We’ll help you organise your outing and provide resources and advice to ensure everyone in your class or group gets the most from it.

Choose from two different art packs (the themes are ‘colour’ or ‘draw’) for up to 33 people, or explore online resources to enhance your experience. 

Before your visit, check out what’s on display to tailor your trip to your group’s interests, needs, and objectives. 

Book in advance and sign in at the information point when you arrive to make sure your visit runs smoothly. 



Travel by tram

Have you heard of our Kids for a Quid scheme with Metrolink? Your pupils travel for £1 return and accompanying adults for £2 return – we’re across from the St Peter’s Square Metrolink stop, so it’s a handy, affordable, and planet-friendly way to visit us. To book click here.

Lunch facilities

You’re welcome to use our lunchroom for packed lunches – simply book it in advance via email or phone.


Make your visit work for your pupils and curriculum by booking one of our free workshops – they’re designed to deepen your pupils’ learning and help them develop cross-curricular skills. Visit the Workshops page to find out more.


Your visit will be safe and appropriate for all, and we want you to feel comfortable and confident leaving school with your students.

If you’ve got a question you can’t find the answer to, contact us at [email protected]

Our opening times are 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.