Culture and visitor attractions

We have a range of inspiring public spaces and visitor attractions that are open to our local communities.

The visitor attractions at The University of Manchester provide a universe of amazing ideas for you and your family to explore.
Whether you want to take in a performance, delve deep into our past, view works of art or learn about the night sky, we’ve got something that will both entertain and inform.

The Whitworth

Our art gallery reopened in spring 2014 following a £12 million rennovation and expansion. The Whitworth is home to more than 55,000 works of art, ranging from textiles to some of the most famous British waterolours. The gallery has been transformed into an engaging 21st century space with close connection to the surrounding parkland.

Manchester Museum

Our museum brings together the history of the Ancient Worlds of Egypt, Greece and Rome with the magnificent natural living worlds. From our extensive Egyptology collection to the home of our live reptiles and amphibians in our Vivarium.

The John Rylands Library

Our Grade I-listed, neo-Gothic John Rylands Library houses 250,000 printed volumes and more than a million manuscripts and archival items. What's more, exhibitions and one-off events take place here throughout the year.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Home to the world famous, 76-metre Lovell Telescope, our Space, Star and Planet pavilions introduces visitors to all aspects of the cosmos. Jodrell Bank also welcomes thousands of music lovers each year for its spectacular summer concerts.

Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

The Martin Harris Centre offers a range of musical and theatrical events that are open to the general public. The Centre incorporates the 350-seat Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall and the 150-seat John Thaw Studio Theatre.

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre

Based in Manchester Central Library, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre is an open access library specialising in the study of race, ethnicity and migration. Its collections include extensive secondary resources and unique primary resources that tell the story of race relations in Manchester, the UK and abroad.

Contact Theatre

Contact is an independent campus-based professional theatre. It focuses on diversity and using creativity to empower young people to become leaders in both the arts and their communities.