Opening Times
10am to 5pm every day
Closed 24, 25 & 26 December
Free admission

What to see at IWM North

Big Picture Show at IWM North

What to see at IWM North

There is lots to see and we recommend about two hours for your visit. However, with our galleries, exhibitions, onsite Café and Shop, you may want to visit for longer. 

IWM North is located on The Quays, Greater Manchester’s unique waterfront destination. Within just one square mile, you will find a hub of culture, history and sport venues making The Quays the ideal destination for a full day out.

What to see at IWM North

Our Galleries

A view of the Main Exhibition Space at IWM North with a field gun in the foreground and steel from the World Trade Center in the background.
Permanent display
Main Exhibition Space

IWM North


Big Picture Show at IWM North
Permanent display
Big Picture Show

IWM North


Peter Thomas
Image used with kind permission of the Trustees of the RAF Museum
Permanent display
Mixing It: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain

IWM North


What's On

Say Hello to Connect Title Slide
IWM North
Yemen: Say hello to connect
June - October: Connect with the real issues people are facing in Yemen right now.
A child stands on the rubble of their house, which was hit by an artillery shell targeting the residential neighborhood of Al-Nisariya in the city of Taiz, with the rest of his toys
© Ahmed Basha, 2016
Yemen: Inside a Crisis

IWM North

Until 26 January 2020

8 Things You Didn't Know About The IWM North Building

Main Exhibition Space IWM North
©Jill Jennings

8 Things You Didn't Know About The IWM North Building

The IWM building is hard to miss – the aluminium-clad building with jutting angles has become an iconic part of the Manchester skyline since it was built in 2002.

The whole building was designed to enhance the stories within and give visitors a multisensory experience of war - here are eight things that might surprise you about IWM North.

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How to get to IWM North

  • New tram line

    Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is constructing a new tram line through Trafford Park, which will include a new stop outside IWM North. Building this major new Metrolink line will involve temporary changes to traffic and footpaths in the area. Please check the TfGM website when planning your journey.


    Contact TfGM on 0161 205 2000 or email for more information.

  • Parking

    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 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


    Coach parking is charged at £15.00 for 24 hours.


    Please ensure you bring sufficient change. Alternatively, you can pay via the RingGo app on your smartphone.


    The car park is managed by Excel Parking Services. For queries regarding parking, please contact Excel directly on 0114 261 7111.

  • 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.


  • By tram

    IWM North is easily accessible via the tram. Metrolink offers fast, frequent and fully accessible transport to and from Manchester city centre. Take the Eccles line to MediaCityUK and walk across the footbridge to reach the museum.

  • By train

    Plan your journey to central Manchester train stations and continue by tram.

  • By bus

    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.


Exterior photograph of IWM North
IWM, IWM North

IWM North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
M17 1TZ

  • MediaCityUK


  • Accessibility

    We are committed to ensuring IWM North is fully accessible to all visitors.

  • Shopping at IWM North

    IWM North’s shop offers a wide range of inspiring gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homewares, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell.

  • Eating and Drinking

    The IWM North Café is located on the ground floor and offers a perfect opportunity to take a break during your visit. The IWM North Café serves homemade baked goods, Fairtrade tea and coffee and a selection of deli sandwiches and salads.

  • Toilets

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

  • Lockers

    Locker facilities are available free of charge. Refundable £1 coin required.

  • Floor Plan

    Plan your visit.