Venue & Accommodation

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Manchester Central Convention Complex is an award-winning conference and exhibition venue in the heart of Manchester.

Over the last decade, Manchester Central has established itself as a leading convention complex and it is now recognised as the premier venue in the UK for political conferences. The versatile venue is capable of hosting a wide range of events with flexibility in terms of space that is the envy of other event venues.

Manchester Central Convention Complex
Windmill Street
M2 3GX
Tel: +44 (0)161 834 2700

Getting there
By air

Manchester Airport is a major international hub just nine miles (14.5km) from the city centre. It serves more than 200 destinations worldwide including direct routes to nine US cities. From the airport, the city is approximately 25 minutes away by taxi or just 20 minutes via the half-hourly express rail service (tickets £3.00-£4.00).  Information on Manchester Airport can be found at:

By rail

It takes a little over two hours to reach Manchester from London and Manchester also has direct connections to most major UK cities. Services arrive at Piccadilly or Victoria stations where passengers can connect with Metrolink trams for easy access to the city centre. Manchester Central is a 20 minute walk from Piccadilly Station or just five minutes by taxi. Alternatively, catch a connecting train to Oxford Road Station - just five minutes from Manchester Central on foot.

Further information on train services can be found at:

by road

Manchester is at the heart of a comprehensive motorway network. Manchester's M60 orbital motorway provides easy access from north, south, east and west. For detailed travel by road, please click here.

If using a satellite navigation system - please follow the postcode M2 3GX.   Detailed information on parking can be found here

Arriving in Manchester

On arrival in Manchester you can walk to Manchester Central, catch a Metroshuttle bus, Metrolink tram or take a taxi.  Take a look at our downloadable public transport map on the right hand side of this page to find your ideal route to Manchester Central.  


Metroshuttle buses are free and link the city centre's main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses. Click here for more information on routes.


The nearest Metrolink stop to Manchester Central is St Peter's Square. From there, we’re just a few minutes on foot.

Metrolink runs every few minutes from early morning until late in the evening. You don’t need a timetable, just turn up, buy your ticket and the next Metrolink will be along shortly. However, the network is currently being expanded so please do check your route before travelling.  Routes and further information can be found on the Metrolink website.


A number of hotel rooms have been secured in advance of the event via our partnering company - First Choice. Please use this link to access the online accommodation portal to book your rooms.

For any queries, please e-mail Ross Millward at First Choice Conference & Events on

Telephone: 01242 271985