Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm, 2nd Sunday of the month 11am - 5pm | Closed bank holidays  

17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD

Find us

17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm, 2nd Sunday of the month 11am - 5pm | Closed bank holidays  

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Find Us

Getting Here By Public Transport

We are situated in the heart of the Northern Quarter on Oak Street. The nearest Metrolink stations are Shudehill (a 4-minute walk) or Market Street (a 5-minute walk). The nearest train stations are Manchester Piccadilly Train Station (a 12-minute walk) and Victoria Train Station (a 9-minute walk). Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station is a 6-minute walk.  For more information on public transport, check out Transport for Greater Manchester.

Our Cafe

BQ Bitesize: Artisan Cafe & Bar

We’re delighted to announce the team behind The Butcher’s Quarter on Tib Street have now launched a new artisan café here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. “BQ Bitesize will be a taste of everything you all love at BQ! Expect hot roast sandwiches, breakfasts, artisan coffee, quality wines, cheese & charcuterie.” The Butcher’s Quarter It’s an ideal spot to relax whilst browsing our two floors of maker studios. Pop in and have a butcher’s!

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Dog Policy

We welcome dogs of all shape and size in the Centre.

Unfortunately some of our maker’s work is fragile, so we have a simple green and red sticker for studios. If you see a red sticker on a maker’s door, please do not let your dog into the studio.

Our makers are a friendly bunch, so if you aren’t sure please ask!

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Group Visits

Visit, experience and explore with a group visit to MCDC

If you’re a school, college or group, you’ll find Manchester Craft & Design Centre an inspiring destination to learn about Craft and the history of the Northern Quarter. Your group can see a wide variety of craftspeople and designers at work in their combined studio and retail spaces.

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.

We’re very happy to work with you to create a bespoke package for your group’s needs. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Group visit contact form

Have any questions?[email protected]


We are committed to improving access for our customers and we aim to ensure that all customers with access requirements have an enjoyable experience.

Unfortunately, our two-storey Victorian building currently has no lift, making first floor access difficult for visitors with mobility restrictions. We are committed to improve access in the future by raising funds to refurbish the building, making it fully accessible to everyone.

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

Both our entrances are step free. On the ground floor we have an accessible toilet with baby change facilities. Disabled parking bays for Blue Badge holders are available on Brick Street & Back Thomas Street and we welcome guide dogs and hearing dogs. Large print interpretation texts for our exhibitions are available on request.

Please contact the management office on 0161 832 4274 or email [email protected] to discuss your requirements.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre