The Manchester institution has features over 60 independent stalls and shops selling everything from fancy dress clothes to beads and jewellery.
It even boasts a hair salon, tattoo and body piercing shop, and a good choice of places to eat and drink.
Afflecks is open Monday to Friday 10.30 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm. Hours on Sunday are 11 am to 5 pm but not all stores are open. Opening times on bank holidays are 11 am to 5 pm.
Location & Directions
Affleck’s is located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, at the junction of Church Street, Dale Street, and Tib Street.
The nearest car parks are the NCP Manchester Tib Street and the NCP Manchester Northern Quarter (on Church Street).
Shoppers travelling on the Metrolink should exit at Market Street. Afflecks is just 100 yards away along Tib Street.
The market was established as Affleck’s Palace in the early 1980s by Elaine Walsh. It took its name from previous tenants, the Affleck and Brown department store.
Affleck’s Palace subsequently became the shopping destination of choice for many of Manchester’s biggest names in music such as the Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets. Wayne Hemingway of Red or Dead and Tom Bloxham of Urban Splash also launched their businesses here.
In 2007 it looked destined to close after Elaine Walsh decided not to renew her lease on the building with landlords Bruntwood. However, in early 2008 Bruntwood took over the management of the market, rebranding it as Afflecks.