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Discover IWM North
Discover IWM North
Our doors are now open, and we can’t wait to welcome you back to IWM North.
Your safety is our priority. We have made a number of changes to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable. One key change is we have limited the number of people that can visit, so we recommend that you pre-book a free timed ticket before you arrive. This will give you even more space to explore the powerful stories behind over 2,000 objects, and immerse yourself in the 360-degree cinematic Big Picture Shows in our extraordinary exhibition space.
Click here to reserve your free timed ticket.
Help us to keep you safe
Book in advance
We will be limiting the number of visitors to each of our museums so that physical distancing can be observed. We recommend that visitors book a time slot in advance for entry and it is possible that queuing will be required to enter the busier parts of our museums.
We will be very grateful for your patience and understanding where this is required.
In response to Government advice issued 9 September, visitors must follow the limits on the number of other people you are now legally able to meet as a group.
Visitors are required to wear masks in line with government guidelines unless there is a legitimate reason not to do so.
Help us to keep you safe by adhering to the government recommendations on physical distancing. Where possible, please keep 2m apart from other visitors who are not in your household or support bubble.
Extra safety measures
Hand washing/hand sanitising points will be set up throughout the museum to ensure visitors can wash and sanitise their hands regularly.
We will be increasing the amount of cleaning that we do, especially in busy visitor areas, with special attention to stair handrails, doors, lifts, toilets areas, and any interactive gallery points.
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Top Five IWM North Shop Products
Top Five IWM North Shop Products
How to get to IWM North
IWM North is easily accessible via the tram. Metrolink offers fast, frequent and fully accessible transport to and from Manchester city centre. Take either the Eccles line to MediaCityUK and walk across the footbridge to reach the museum. Or for a faster route from the city centre, take the intu Trafford Centre line to Imperial War Museum.
New tram line
Our new tram stop is now open! Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has completed construction on a new tram line through Trafford Park, which includes a new stop outside IWM North.
This new tram link offers faster access from the city centre, it is the red line on the TfGM Metrolink Map. The stop is called Imperial War Museum.
Please check the TfGM website to plan your journey.
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.
291 Piccadilly Gardens to Trafford Centre. This service stops outside IWM North on Trafford Wharf Road.
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.
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 visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website.
Plan your journey to central Manchester train stations and continue by tram.
Our car park will be open, and you can pay by cash or card, but please note that no change will be available on site, so please ensure you have the exact change.
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 funds for the museum, to allow us to continue to develop exhibitions and learning programmes. The car park gates close at 7pm, after this time please use intercom for access.
The car parking charge is:
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
Coach parking is charged at £15.00 for 24 hours.
Please ensure you bring sufficient change. Alternatively, you can pay via the Connect Cashless app on your smartphone.
We don’t currently have charging points for electric vehicles.
The car park is managed by Excel Parking Services. Overnight parking can be booked by contacting Excel Parking Services. Vehicles can be parked overnight but they cannot be slept in.
For all queries regarding parking, please contact Excel directly on 0114 261 7111.
There is no change to accessibility at IWM North as a result of our Covid-19 measures. The lifts are open (we request that people only share lifts with members of their household), and wheelchairs are available on site on request. Accessible toilets and Baby changing facilities remain open on the ground floor of the museum.
We are committed to ensuring IWM North is fully accessible to all visitors. Please be aware that the building has been designed to encourage visitors to consider the confusion experienced during conflict. As a result the floor of the main exhibition area has a gentle slope and visitors with mobility issues may wish to take extra care in this area. There are also different lighting levels over two floors. For more information please follow the link to our accessibility guide below.
Shopping at IWM North
Our shop will be open and customers will be free to browse products as normal. We ask that customers use a hand sanitisation station before and after doing so. We will not be able to accept cash, but you can still pay by card.
Our shops offer a wide range of inspiring and unique gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homeware, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell. Shop in branch or online using the link below.
Eating and Drinking
Our cafe will remain closed until further notice but light refreshments will be available to buy from the Museum shop.
IWM is a registered charity and relies on your support to help us preserve our unique collections for future generations. To help us preserve our collections you can donate cash or make a quick and easy contactless donation with a credit or debit card by tapping it at various locations around the museums. Alternatively you can donate online now on the link below. Thank you for supporting IWM.
Filming and photography
You are welcome to take photos and video at our museums for personal, non-commercial use but please refrain from using flash or tripods. Our museums can get busy at times and we therefore ask that you do not film people without their permission. Please observe signage indicating where photography and filming is not permitted.
Lockers and luggage
Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide lockers while the existing coronavirus measures are in place.
Safety at IWM
Please take a moment to read through our Coronavirus FAQs.
The safety of our visitors and staff and the preservation of our collections are of the upmost importance to IWM. We therefore kindly ask that you allow sufficient time on entry to our museums for our staff to complete their security checks to ensure this is maintained. Please do not bring any prohibited items with you as they will be confiscated. If you see any unattended bags or packages or have concerns about security issues on your visit please report this to a member of staff.
To help you plan your visit in advance, please see the below link where you can download a copy of the Floor Plan.