Thu 2nd July
Fri 3rd July
Sat 4th July
Sun 5th July
Mon 6th July
Tue 7th July
Wed 8th July
Thu 9th July
Fri 10th July
Sat 11th July
Sun 12th July
Mon 13th July
Tue 14th July
Wed 15th July
Thu 16th July
Fri 17th July
Sat 18th July
Sun 19th July
Thu 2nd July
Fri 3nd July
Sat 4nd July
Sun 5nd July
Mon 6nd July
Tue 7nd July
Wed 8nd July
Thu 9nd July
Fri 10nd July
Sat 11nd July
Sun 12nd July
Mon 13nd July
Tue 14nd July
Wed 15nd July
Thu 16nd July
Fri 17nd July
Sat 18nd July
Sun 19nd July

Plan your visit to Manchester

For those familiar with this great city, Manchester has long been the cultural heart of England, internationally renowned for its passion for music, sport and the arts. It is city which celebrates difference, welcomes innovation, thrives on change and still manages to offer a warm, relaxed welcome.

Whether you are travelling from near or far for Manchester International Festival, visiting for the day or staying over in one of our quality hotels,  take some time to enjoy the shopping, the food, the nightlife and the people of Manchester.

Getting to Manchester

By air
There are flights to Manchester Airport from more than 180 destinations worldwide, and you can reach the city centre by rail, Metrolink and taxi.

For further information visit

By train
Manchester has direct services running between London and Manchester every 20 minutes, and frequent services from many other major UK towns and cities.

Visit or phone 08457 484 950

By coach
National Express  & Megabus run coaches from major cities in the UK to Manchester.

For more information visit and


Getting around Manchester

View Manchester City Centre in a larger map

Manchester is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Over the next three years, the city is being redesigned to deliver the biggest infrastructure project since 1996, by expanding its transport network; building new homes, hotels and offices; and transforming the public spaces, in order to welcome more people to the city.

While all this work takes place, it’s business as usual across the city but please allow a little more time for your journey and check the travel links to help plan your journey.

To find out more about what’s going on, visit @mcrgrow #GrowingOurCity

By bus
For bus service and timetable information visit

By Metrolink
Metrolink is Manchester’s tram system, offering easy travel into the city centre. Trams run frequently, so you don’t need a timetable. During MIF there will be a
number of improvement works impacting the Metrolink.

For event attendees travelling into the city from the south by Metrolink, passengers will need to alight at Deansgate-Castlefield. Festival goers entering from the north of the city are advised to alight at Market Street or Piccadilly Gardens.

Visit to find out more.

By Metroshuttle
Free buses around the city centre link the main railway stations to the city centre. Please note: due to highway works, Metroshuttle services might be re-routed during the Festival.

Check before you travel by visiting to find out more.

By car
For a wide choice of parking options, use the NCP car park finder tool at

By bike
There are dedicated cycle lanes on many of Manchester's roads. Visit to plan your route.

Transport for Greater Manchester offers the most comprehensive and up to date travel information for public transport across the region, including a journey planning facility and timetable information. It also provides a Traveline phone service for up to date travel detail on 0871 200 2233.

On foot
Manchester city centre is easy to get around on foot. You can walk from one end to the other in just 20 minutes.

Car Sharing
There are various schemes to support car sharing. Joining one could benefit the environment and save you money.

More information
Transport for Greater Manchester can help you plan your journey online and can also provide you with up-to-date travel information about local public transport
and ticketing.

Visit or phone Traveline 0871 200 22 33.

Tourist information
For a full guide to Manchester see

Festival Square

What's On

Your Journey

Visitor Information

Box Office

0844 871 7654
Opening Hours


Support MIF


Manchester International Festival is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events and takes place biennially, in Manchester, UK. The Festival launched in 2007 as an artist-led, commissioning Festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.

Manchester International Festival, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester M3 2JA
t +44 (0)161 817 4500 f +44 (0)161 839 2662 email

© Manchester International Festival All Rights Site Map Privacy Terms & Conditions WEB