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Access

The gallery is fully accessible, with new and improved facilities for all of our visitors.

Parking

Denmark Road: is directly adjacent to the gallery, it has step-free access to both our Park Side and Oxford Road entrances. There are a total of 5 disabled bays, 9 spaces for car/bus drop-off and 7 double yellow line areas, which can be used by blue badge holders.

Park Side Entrance: Our 3 gallery designated disabled bays are directly beside our park entrance along Denmark road. There is a short step-free path from our park gates that will lead you to our entrance. 

Oxford Road Entrance: There are an additional 2 disabled bays further along on Denmark Road for the surrounding buildings. If using these you can enter through our main gates (across the bike paths) and up shallow gradient ramps leading to our automatic doors, which open inwards. 

If you need any assistance when arriving, please contact our Visitor Team on 0161 275 7450 who are happy to help.

Find out more about our location and how to get here.

 

Facilities

Facilities at the Whitworth include accessible toilets with baby changing, lifts, seating inside and outside the gallery, free portable stools and a café. We also provide buggy locks, just ask a member of our Visitor Team for information.

Large print information about exhibitions at the Whitworth is available throughout the gallery. 

The lighting levels can often be low due to the vulnerable nature of our collections. 

Guide dogs are welcome. 

Wheelchairs available for public use.

Our Visitor Team is trained to help and support any additional needs you may have.  

 

Audio Support

The Whitworth has commissioned Anne Hornsby, Director of MindsEye to be the voice of the gallery. Anne has written audio descriptions for the gallery, building and spaces. These audio clips are designed to help us engage with our visually impaired visitors who may want to hear about the spaces before their visit as well as on arrival. The audio files can be listened to or downloaded via our Soundcloud

 

Practical Information for Families

We know it’s the little things that make a big difference to a family day out. We’ve tried our hardest to think of everything to make your visit just that bit more brilliant; from mobiles in our baby change areas to free nappies and wipes.

You will find pushchair access at both our entrances. There’s a buggy park situated on the lower ground floor, which are coin-operated, as well as lockers available to leave any bags or coats.

We have 4 baby change areas, all with enough space for a large pushchair and an emergency baby supplies kit at the Oxford Road reception desk which includes nappies, wipes and other essentials. Just ask a member of staff if there’s anything you need.

You are welcome to breast or bottle feed babies in our gallery spaces, where there is plenty of seating. If you would like somewhere a little more private then please ask a member of staff for some suggestions.
Food cannot be consumed anywhere in the gallery spaces, however if you fancy a snack then you can eat on the Lower Promenade, visit our Café in the Trees or enjoy a picnic in the Art Garden.

We are very lucky to have Whitworth Park right on our doorstep. Why not combine your visit with a walk around our sculpture trail, a Welly Walk  or a play in the children’s play area.

For our line-up of family events, click here.

 

Do you have any questions about your visit to the gallery?

Please call us on 0161 275 7450 or email the Visitor Team

Thinking of bringing a group to the gallery? Read more about group visits

Are you a school teacher or educator? Head to our Learn section to find out more about bringing schools groups, self-guided visits and teacher resources. 

Find out what’s on at the gallery or discover some of our free resources for families and those wishing to plan their visit ahead.