Manchester Cathedral has been centre stage in its city’s history for nearly 600 years. In 1421 Henry V signed a royal charter granting permission for a collegiate church to be built. In 1847 a new Manchester diocese was created and this historic church became a Cathedral.
This Grade I listed masterpiece has not only provided a stage on which the city of Manchester’s compelling history has been played out but also provided some of the leading actors for this narrative. Century after century the stone walls have survived wars and bombings, Henry VIII’s reformation and Queen Elizabeth I’s spy and witnessed the birth of the world’s anti-slavery movement.
Access with steps
Travel by public transport
Travelling from the North and East
M62 - leave by junction 17 (A56)
This is a main road passing the Cathedral and is signposted for Manchester City Centre etc. Travel along this road for approximately 5 miles. When you pass Manchester Arena the Cathedral is under the bridge on the left.
Travelling from the South and West M6 - M62 - M602
Take the left turn into Deansgate and continue to the end - the Cathedral is on the right.
There are no car parking spaces available at the Cathedral.
The nearest car park is Q-Park Deansgate North which is located at 2 Chapel Street, Manchester, just a few minutes walk away, discounted parking for is available if you pre-book. Enter the code of “MC1421” to receive a further 10%, click here to pre-book.
Path to main entrance
In addition to the main entrance at the south porch of the Cathedral, we also have ground level access at the east end of the Cathedral with glazed automatic doors.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Things to See and Do
The Cathedral Nave
Volunteer Welcomers are typically available to assist with access. At all other times a Cathedral Verger is able to provide assistance upon request.
There is limited accessibility within the Quire area with two steps from the High Altar area leading down to the Quire stalls.
This chapel is designated as a quiet space within the Cathedral and is glazed to help reduce background noise.
There are two access points to the Jesus Chapel - one has 3 steps and the other has 4 steps with handrails.
Getting around outside
Customer care support
Emergency evacuation procedures
Customer care support