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IWM North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester M17 1TZ

How to get to IWM North

IWM North is easily accessible by public transport from the City Centre or by car via the Manchester Outer Ring Road (M60). To make your visit greener, please consider using public transport. To plan your route, visit Traveline North-West.

Nearest Metrolink tram stations

  • MediaCityUK
  • Harbour City

Trams run direct from Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate-Castlefield and St Peter's Square.

If you're coming from Oxford Road railway station, you will need to travel on foot to St Peter's Square. For more information, visit the Metrolink website.

Keep up to speed with the latest developments on the Metrolink Tram network and check for any changes to your service at Transformation Information.

Nearest bus routes

  • 250 Piccadilly Gardens to Trafford Centre. This service stops on Wharfside Way, Trafford Park. Alight at Village Circle and walk back to Elevator Road; continue on foot to IWM North on Trafford Wharf Road.
  • X50 Manchester Piccadilly to Trafford Centre. This service stops at IWM North. This service runs approximately every 15 minutes. For more information please see the Stagecoach website.
  • 50 from East Didsbury via the City Centre and Salford Crescent to MediaCityUK. This service stops on the Salford side of The Quays by The Lowry. We are a short walk across the canal by footbridge.
  • For timetable enquiries, call 0161 228 7811. For more information on getting to IWM North by bus, download detailed directions or visit Transport for Greater Manchester.

Visiting us by train

Visit National Rail Enquiries to plan your journey to central Manchester station and continue by tram.

Visiting us by car or coach

Leave the M60 at Junction 9 and join Parkway (A5081) towards Trafford Park. At the first island take the third exit onto Village Way; at the next island take the second exit onto Warren Bruce Road. Turn right at the T-junction onto Trafford Wharf Road. Alternatively, leave the M602 at Junction 3 and follow the signs.


Secure parking is available for 160 cars, including designated parking spaces for Blue Badge holders available on a first-come, first-served basis (charges apply). IWM is a charity and the income from car parking provides vital income for the museum, to allow us to continue to develop exhibitions and learning programmes. The following charges apply:

  • 0-4 hours £5.00
  • 4-6 hours £7.00
  • 6-8 hours £8.00
  • 8-12 hours £10.00
  • 12-24 hours £15.00


Locker facilities are available free of charge.

Eating and Drinking

Our WaterShard Café & Kitchen offers an excellent fresh, locally sourced menu, combined with stunning views overlooking the quayside.


Toilets are situated on the Ground Floor next to the Shop and include accessible toilets.

Shopping at IWM North

IWM North's Shop provides a wide range of books, CDs, DVDs, clothing and accessories, posters and stationery, souvenirs and gift ideas.

For our younger visitors we have an exciting range of games, toys and souvenirs as well as a selection of children's books. There are also educational resource materials and children's activity books on sale.

You can also browse our range of products on our Online Shop.

Things to do and see in the area

IWM North is located at The Quays, Greater Manchester's fantastic waterfront destination. Within just one square mile, you will find a hub of culture, history and sport with venues. Use the Creative Tourist Cultural Calendar to find out about cultural events, or visit one of Manchester's other award-winning museums or galleries:


Support Us

IWM is a charity, and we depend on supporters like you to help us care for and display our exceptional collections. Donate today.

Eating and Drinking

Overlooking MediaCityUK and The Quays, the WaterShard Café is a relaxing place to take a break during your visit.

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