Eye catching venue on Manchester's waterfront


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An iconic venue in Manchester, IWM North offers a range of spaces for your party or corporate event.

In the Main Exhibition Space, an AV-8A Harrier jump-jet provides a unique backdrop, while the purpose built WaterShard conference centre offers dedicated event space and state of the art AV technology. 

Please contact our team to discuss your next event.

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    Venue hire and enquiries: 0161 836 4092


    Event Planning: 07824104384

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Main Exhibition Space

Event space at Imperial War Museums North tables set and lit with coloured lights

The most remembered part of any visit to IWM North is the Big Picture 360 degree HD cinematic experience, choose from our list of unique stocked images to offer a spectacular backdrop for your event.


  • Seated Dinners  300
  • Reception  500


Harrier Jump Jet Space

Venue hire Imperial War Museums North, an event takes place beneath a harrier jet

Possibly the most unique venue in the north-west, greet your guests beneath an iconic aircraft for an experience they won't forget.


  • Seated Dinners  80
  • Reception  260

The WaterShard

WaterShard conference centre IWM North
© IWM North

The WaterShard provides dedicated private event spaces with state of the art AV technology, air conditioning and stunning views of The Quays and MediaCityUK. The flexible spaces offer a range of options for day time meetings for 2 to 120 delegates, and can be used for evening networking or dinners for up to 100 guests.

Tables set for an event with wine glasses. Venue hire at Imperial War Museums North


Watershard 1 & 2:

  • Theatre 120
  • Cabaret 80
  • Dinner 100
  • Boardroom 36

Watershard 3

  • Theatre 40
  • Cabaret 24
  • Dinner 30
  • Boardroom 18


Quayside Reception at IWM North
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IWM North, boasts a beautiful Quay Side offering views of MediaCityUK and The Quays, ideal for summer cocktail receptions.

Manchester Waterfront Location

Address: The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1TZ

Transport: IWM North is easily accessible via the tram. Metrolink offers fast and frequent services from Manchester City Centre

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Commercial filming locations

Our locations provide commercial film, TV, photography and creative advertising shoot experiences that engage emotions and tell many different stories.

Christmas Events at IWM North
IWM, Main Exhibition Space, IWM North


Read what previous clients have had to say about IWM North

Event space at Imperial War Museums North tables set and lit with coloured lights

Packages, Pricing and Seasonal Offers at IWM North

Find out more about some of the packages available for your event at IWM North.