How to find us

IWM North is located in Media City and is easily accessible by public transport or car.

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  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Parking

    Our carpark is open every day, between 7am- 7pm. Secure parking is available for 160 cars, including designated parking spaces for Blue Badge holders, available on a first-come, first-served basis (regular 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 programs.

    Payments must be made upon exit, and can only be made by credit or debit card payment. Our payment machines do not accept cash payments. You can either pay at our payment machine, by phone, or online at after your visit. You need to make your payment within 24 hours after leaving the carpark.

    The car parking charges are:

    Up to 1 Hour: £2.50

    Up to 3 Hours: £5.00

    Up to 4 Hours:  £6.00

    Up to 6 Hours: £8.00

    Up to 12 Hours: £12.00

    Up to 24 Hours: £16.00

    Coaches: £15.00 (Flat Rate)

    Vehicles may be left in the car park overnight. Access to collect parked cars between 7pm and 7am can be gained through the intercom system.

    Vehicles cannot be slept in overnight.

    We don’t currently have charging points for electric vehicles.

    Our car park is managed by NCP carparks. Season tickets and coach parking can be purchased at our payment machine, by contacting NCP, or online at

    Please read the Terms and Conditions available within the carpark. For all queries regarding parking, PCNs, or assistance, please contact NCP directly on 0345 050 7080.

  • By Bus

    X50 from Piccadilly Gardens to Trafford Centre. This services stops outside IWM North. Please note, this bus replaces the No 291. See TFGM website for timetables. 

    250 from 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. 

  • By train

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


Exterior photograph of IWM North


IWM North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
M17 1TZ

  • Imperial War Museum Metro
  • MediaCityUK Metro