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


Denmark Road: is directly adjacent to the gallery, which 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. For more information about ongoing road developments around us, please visit:


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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 Welcome to the Whitworth Soundcloud playlist

Audio Tours

Led by a specially trained member of our Visitor Team these tours are available weekly and designed for our blind or visually impaired visitors. Audio Plus Tours focus on specific areas of our collections and spaces and give a higher level of descriptions and audio imagery. Please meet us at the gallery's parkside entrance at 2pm, to start the tour.Daily tours designed for people of all ages, interests and abilities run throughout the year. Click here for more details.  

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.