Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall is a world-class international concert venue that cost a staggering £42 million to build. To ensure that the hall remains acoustically separated from the chaos of nearby Deansgate Locks, the entire building actually rests, above the ground, on over 300 giant steel springs. An organ with over 5,500 pipes dominates the main 2,400 seat auditorium.
The Bridgewater Hall hosts a busy programme of events including concerts by its 3 resident orchestras; the Halle, BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. Visit the official website for a full guide to what’s on, to book tickets, and see a detailed seating plan.
Tickets can also be booked in purpose at the box office. It’s open from Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm (8 pm on event nights). It’s also open on Sundays from noon to 8 pm if there is there is a performance in the evening.
Facilities at the hall include a gift shop, restaurant, and café bar.
The hall is situated on Lower Mosley Street in Manchester city centre, opposite the Manchester Central convention centre (formerly GMEX).
The closest Metrolink station is Deansgate-Castlefield (St Peter’s Square is also nearby).
Both Oxford Road and Deansgate train stations are within easy walking distance. Visitors arriving at Victoria train station or Piccadilly train station can catch the free Metroshuttle bus to the Bridgewater Hall (Victoria – Route 2 Green, Piccadilly – Route 3 Purple).
Visitors travelling by car should input the postcode M2 3WS into their satellite navigation systems. The nearest car park is the 24-hour NCP Central (GMEX) on Lower Mosley Street. Concertgoers can get a discount by validating their ticket in the Bridgewater Hall.
The Park Avenue car park on Albion Street (through the Bauer Millet forecourt) is also close by. Visitors buying their concert tickets online can book a car parking space here at the same time.
Restaurants, pubs, and bars close to the Bridgewater Hall include Table Table and Gio on Lower Mosley Street, Purity and Evuna at the Great Northern, Don Giovanni’s on Oxford Street, the Rain Bar, plus the bars and restaurants at Deansgate Locks.