Stories from the First World War

Opening Times and Directions

 


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  • We are open daily from 10am - 5pm **One-off late opening until 9.30pm on Saturday 2 August for the Quays Honour Event**
  • Last admission is at 4.30pm
  • We are closed on 24, 25, and 26 December
  • Contact us at 0161 836 4000 or email iwmnorth@iwm.org.uk. International callers can contact us at +44 (0)161 836 4000.

Travel Information

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. Further details about transport options are listed below. To plan your route, visit Traveline North-West.

Visiting us by Metrolink

The nearest Metrolink stations to IWM North are MediaCityUK or 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. Alight at MediaCityUK or Harbour City. IWM North is a short walk across the canal by footbridge. For more information, visit the Metrolink website.

Visiting us by Bus

  • 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

From most North West locations you can catch many trains to Manchester. Visit National Rail Enquiries for timetable information. From any central Manchester station continue by tram.

Visiting us by Car/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. These cannot be reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis(charges apply). The car park fills up quickly at weekends and during holidays, so we advise that people arrive early. The following charges apply:

0-3 hours £4.00
3-4 hours £5.00
4-6 hours £7.00
6-8 hours £8.00
8-12 hours £10.00
12-24 hours £15.00

How Long Will You Stay?

The average visit lasts two-and-a-half hours. However, with our on-site café and the amount of information to be found in IWM North, lots of people come for longer.

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:

 

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Eating and Drinking

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

Find out more about our café