The festival itself takes place across several locations in Manchester city centre.
The centre of the action is around Whitworth Street West, at HOME, and Ritz . Both are very convenient for Deansgate/Castlefield tram stop, Deansgate and Oxford Road train stations, several 24hr car parks, and a good few hotels, so you can make a long weekend of it.
Joining us in 2021 is also RNCM located about a 15 minute walk away from HOME on Oxford Road.
Below are the details of how to get to HOME and RNCM.
Getting to HOME:
2 Tony Wilson Place
Using public transport to reach us? Why not use Journey Planner from Transport for Greater Manchester.
With our city centre location, reaching us on foot is simple. You could map your route using the interactive Manchester Walking Routes Planner www.walkit.com/cities/manchester/ or use a walking route app such as mapmywalk.
Bike racks are situated between HOME and the INNSIDE by Meliá hotel. There are 20 Sheffield stands available and additional racks are installed in the area surrounding First Street.
The 256 bus from Piccadilly Gardens stops on Medlock Street. The bus stops are located 50metres and 150metres from HOME’s entrance.
Get off the bus and walk towards HOME which is visible from the road.
Alternatively, you can use the Free Bus that links the main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses in the city centre. Free buses run from Piccadilly, Salford Central, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate train stations. There are three circular routes covering the city centre (the Route 3 stops near HOME on Whitworth Street West from 7.30pm apart from on Sundays). Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website to view the Free Bus map and to plan your journey.
Deansgate-Castlefield is the nearest Metrolink stop, which is 0.2miles or 320metres from HOME. Check the Metrolink website for times and updates. Metrolink operates a zonal fare system to make is easy to get around the network, tickets can be purchased from machines at stops and on the free Get Me There app. Deansgate-Castlefield is in Zone 1. Metrolink is currently working on improving and expanding its routes, for information on changes to services please visit transformationinformation.co.uk or if you’re on Twitter follow @MCRMetrolink. Find out how to get here from the Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop by watching the video below…
HOME is located between Oxford Road Train Station and Deansgate Train Station.
Deansgate train station is closest at 0.2miles or 320metres away.
Oxford Road train station is 0.3miles or 480metres away.
Piccadilly train station is located 0.7miles away.
Victoria train station is 1mile away.
You can plan your journey using Trainline.
If you arrive at Piccadilly or Victoria, take a train to Deansgate or Oxford Rd or use the free bus.
Find out how to get here from Oxford Road Station by watching the video below…
The nearest car park is Q-Park at First Street (next door to HOME). The pedestrian car park entrance is approximately 30metres from HOME’s main entrance and is located facing the pedestrian public square, Tony Wilson Place.
HOME visitors receive a 25% discount on parking (scan your ticket at HOME Box Office to receive the discount).
You can reach HOME from Manchester Airport, by taxi, car, rail or tram.
Getting to RNCM:
124 Oxford Road
T 0161 907 5200
F 0161 273 7611
Main entrance is on Booth Street West.
If you are travelling to the RNCM by car we recommend that you allow plenty of time for your journey. Please note that Oxford Road has recently undergone significant change and general traffic is no longer permitted to use the route between 6am and 9pm, 7 days a week. Visitors driving into and across the city centre will need to use alternative routes, such as Upper Brook Street and Princess Street, rather than Oxford Road.
For further information on these changes, please view information on the Manchester City Council website.
Please note that there is no public car parking available at the RNCM on weekdays before 5pm. Daytime visitors are advised to use nearby public car parks.
1. Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence Underground Car Park (evenings and weekends)
Off Rosamond Street West
On weekdays between 5pm – 11.30pm, and on weekends and bank holidays between 7.30am – 11.30pm, visitor parking is available in the RNCM secure underground car park, located next to the College in the basement of the Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence.
The current charge is £3.50 per car, payable on foot at the machine.
Please note that the underground car park entrance/exit is 2.1 metres high and 2.3 metres wide. Customers who own larger vehicles may wish to consider using alternative car parks in order to reduce the risk of damage to vehicles.
Overnight parking in the Sir Charles Groves Hall car park is prohibited, and is subject to a fine of £50 per night.
The two closest public car parks to the RNCM are:
2. University of Manchester Booth Street West Car Park
Booth Street West
M15 6AR (access via Higher Cambridge Street)
3. Manchester Aquatics Centre Car Park (NCP)
Booth Street East
Please note that travel and parking information has been given as a guide only, and may be subject to change. Car parks 2 and 3 are not managed by the RNCM. Visitors are advised to check travel plans ahead of your journey.
Manchester Oxford Road is the nearest train station to the RNCM (approximately half a mile/15 minute walk away).
Manchester Piccadilly station is less than a mile away. From there visitors can travel to us by walking (approximately 20 minutes), or by taking a bus or short taxi journey.
There are frequent bus services from Manchester City Centre (Piccadilly Gardens) to Oxford Road, and Booth Street West.
The nearest bus stops to the RNCM on Oxford Road are Manchester Aquatics Centre and The University of Manchester. On Booth Street West there is a stop near to the main entrance to the RNCM.
The nearest tram stop is St Peter’s Square (just over one mile from the RNCM). From there you can walk or catch a bus down Oxford Road.