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Getting Here

The Whitworth is a walk, bike ride or bus journey from Manchester city centre, and close to Manchester Museum and the University of Manchester campus of which we are a part.

We are located in an area that’s home to two universities – and the largest academic campus in the country - numerous cultural institutions, four NHS hospitals and the beautiful Whitworth Park we call home.

Oxford Road has changed:

The transformation means one of Manchester’s most recognisable roads, and one of Europe’s busiest bus routes, is now a more pleasant and greener environment for everyone.
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The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

The gallery is on a major bus route and easily reached via public transport, or on foot or bicycle:

Walk: 20-30min from Manchester city centre. Flat paved route, not traffic-free

Bike: Sheffield stands and lockers (£1 coin, refundable) both available at the gallery

Bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147. Ask for bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road

*Tram: St Peter’s Square (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot) 

Train: Oxford Road (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot)

Car: On-street parking (maximum stay, 2 hours) on Denmark Road. Nearest car park Cecil Street (M15 6GD). See below for more information about how to navigate the new 'bus gates' on Oxford Road.


General traffic is now prohibited from travelling through new ‘bus gates’ on Oxford Road, which restrict access to sections of the corridor between Hathersage Road and Portland Street. These gates are in force between 6am and 9pm, 7 days a-week and make travelling by bus, cycle and on foot easier and quicker.

Motorists should use Upper Brook Street when heading in to or out of the city centre. You can view a handy map which will help you get around.

You can find out more about bus gates and where they are located by visiting Manchester City Council’s website

Updates on Oxford Road development

Find out what’s on at the gallery, discover what’s on nearby or get in touch with us.