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17 Oak Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester
M4 5JD

T: +44 (0) 161 832 4274 (Office)
T: +44 (0) 161 839 7530 (Café)

 

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How to find us

Directions

By Bus

TFGM has an extensive bus network, and any routes that terminate at Manchester Piccadilly Gardens or Shudehill mean that you only need walk 5 minutes to reach us (see “On Foot” below for full directions). If you find that your bus drops you elsewhere in the city, you might like to catch a free Metro service bus. These are small shuttle buses that operate on a number of circuits around the centre. Click here for information on these, and look out for shuttle bus numbers 1,2 and 3.

By Train

The nearest train station to MCDC is Victoria Station, but Manchester Piccadilly is also close by. See our ‘On Foot’ section to navigate your way from there. A Metrolink tram service also operates from both stations if you prefer not to walk (alight at Piccadilly Gardens or Shudehill).

By Car

MCDC is located very close to the north-eastern part of Manchester’s inner ring road (A665, Great Ancoats Street). The A57(M) and the A6042 both join this road from the south and east. For direct access to our building turn left down Tib St (if travelling anti clockwise from the south). Turn right onto Thomas Street and right again (look for the pink building) onto Oak Street. We are at the end of Oak Street. If travelling clockwise round the ring road take a right onto the A644 after the huge, glass Cooperative building, continue down Shudehill and turn left onto Thomas Street. Turn left at Bluu Bar along the cobbled street and then take the second right down Copperas Street. We are at the end of the street where Copperas Street meets Oak Street.

Parking

There is on-street parking in the Northern Quarter, with prices around £2.50 for an hour. If you wish to spend a little more time in the City Centre we recommend the Tib St NCP or one of the many private car parks on Great Ancoats Street (a 2 minute walk to MCDC and a further 5 minutes to Manchester’s main shopping streets / malls).

By Metrolink

The Metrolink is the name given to Manchester’s ever-expanding tram network. Trams currently reach as far as Ashton-Under-Lyne in the east, Bury in the north and Altrincham and Chorlton in the south and Media City UK in the west. Our closest Metrolink stop is Shudehill, although Piccadilly Gardens is also very nearby.

On Foot

Our on-foot directions may not be the quickest, but definitely the simplest route for anyone not familiar with the Northern Quarter!

From Shudehill Bus/Metrolink Station (3 mins):

With Shudehill bus station behind you cross over the main road. There is a red Tattooists shop on the corner; walk down this street (Thomas Street). Turn left at Bluu Bar on the corner, along the cobbled street and then take the second right down Copperas Street. We are at the end of the street where Copperas Street meets Oak Street.

From Victoria Train/Metrolink Station on foot (5 mins): Turn left out of the station. You will see a glass building (The National Football Museum) in front of you / on the right. Walk alongside the museum, cross over so that Next is on your right and the Printworks is on your left. Walk up the hill (this road is Withy Grove). At the top of the hill, Shudehill bus station is on your left. Take a right before the Tattooists down Thomas Street. Turn left at Bluu Bar along the cobbled street and then take the second right down Copperas Street. We are at the end of the street where Copperas Street meets Oak Street.

From Manchester Piccadilly Train/Metrolink Station (10 mins):

Exit out of the main doors at platform level (next to WH Smith). Follow the general flow of pedestrian traffic towards the City Centre; after around 500 yards you will reach Piccadilly Gardens. Keep walking straight, passing the shops and banks on your right and the gardens on the left. You will reach a street on the left, with Starbucks and a Debenhams on the corner (this is Tib St). Turn down Tib St, cross over at the Church St junction and again as it crosses Thomas St. Stay on Tib St until you reach the ‘Tib St Tavern’ bar on the right. Opposite ‘Tib St Tavern’ is a little courtyard with a cut through which will bring you out at our front door!

From Piccadilly Gardens (5 mins):

Piccadilly Gardens is located between Piccadilly Station and Market Street, Manchester’s main shopping strip. Orientate yourself so that you can see the large Primark store ahead of you; the bus terminus is on your left and the gardens/fountains on your right. Also to the right, beyond the tram tracks, are a Halifax, Boots and Cooperative. Head in this direction; as you approach you will now see Tib Street with a Starbucks and a Debenhams on the corner. Turn down Tib St, cross over at the Church St junction and again as it crosses Thomas St. Stay on Tib St until you reach the ‘Tib St Tavern’ bar on the right. Opposite ‘Tib St Tavern’ is a little courtyard with a cut through which will bring you out at our front door!

Access

Manchester Craft & Design Centre is committed to improving access for our customers, and we aim to ensure that all disabled visitors have an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately our two-storey Victorian building currently has no lift, making first floor access difficult for visitors with mobility restrictions.

On the ground floor we have an accessible toilet which has a Radar lock, and a key is also available at our Oak St. Café Bar. Disabled parking bays for Blue Badge holders are available on Copperas Street, and we welcome guide dogs and hearing dogs. Large print interpretation text for our temporary exhibitions is available on request.

The ground floor toilet has baby change facilities, and our Café also has high chairs for younger visitors.

Our management team and resident artists are happy to assist your visit, for example by bringing products downstairs, providing audio-description, or by helping to carry buggies or prams upstairs.

Please contact the management office on 0161 832 4274 or email info@craftanddesign.com to discuss your requirements.

 

Group visits

Planning a group visit?

If you’re a school, college or specialist interest group, you’ll find Manchester Craft & Design Centre an inspiring destination for a self-guided visit. Your group can see a wide variety of craftspeople and designers at work in their combined studio and retail spaces by visiting during our opening hours (Mon – Sat, 10am – 5.30pm).

MCDC is a base for small creative businesses that make and sell work from our Northern Quarter premises. We are a unique organisation in that you can both buy directly from our resident makers, and see them at work.

A visit to the Centre is ideal for students studying at GCSE level upwards, as well as adult specialist interest groups.

So whether you’re at a local college or University, part of a U3A or WI group, or just a group of friends who’d like to find out more – we’d love to welcome you to MCDC.

Help us to help you

We want to help you to get the most from your visit. Please give us 2 weeks notice of your visit to avoid group clashes and so we can let our studios to expect you.

Did you know: We also offer small group tours and talks led by the management team and resident makers (for a small fee), as well as usage of our ground-floor classroom space. Contact us for more information.

Tel:    0161 832 4274
Office hours: Monday to Friday 10am – 5:30pm

We’ve put together some guidelines to make your visit a happy one, mindful of the different needs of all the people who use our Centre.

1.       Group members must be supervised at all times.

2.       We recommend that groups no larger than 15 come into the Centre. This helps groups get the most out of their visit and their orientation round the Centre is smoother.*

3.       Please respect that our resident makers work in compact studio spaces, making and selling their work. To minimise disruption to their businesses, we ask that the maximum number of people going into individual studios is no more than 3.

4.       You are welcome to take photographs of our building and exhibition, but please be aware that photography in studios is not allowed due to copyright reasons.

5.       Please ask for permission from artists before doing direct observational drawings of their work for copyright reasons.

6.       Please be aware of public access requirements by not blocking stairwells and entrances to studios. Please be aware that the ground floor seating is reserved for Oak St. Café Bar customers.

 

Please note

Trip organisers are responsible for Health & Safety risk assessments and the supervision of students or group members in the Centre.

* If you’re visiting with a large group then it’s possible to split them between the Centre and other cultural venues in the city, for example, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art and Manchester Art Gallery.  For more information, go to:

http://cfcca.org.uk (closed on Mondays)

http://www.manchestergalleries.org/planning-your-visit/

December is the busiest month of the year for our makers, therefore we advise you not to make your group visit in December where possible.

space2

space2 is our hireable workshop space, ideal for workshops, talks and lessons for small to medium size groups. Contact us to see how we can personalise your visit.

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