Manchester Central Convention Complex

Manchester Central is an award-winning venue in the heart of one of Europe's most vibrant cities.  Its vaulted arches and station clock have made Manchester Central an iconic city feature for over 130 years.

The complex was originally Manchester Central railway station, one of the city's main railway terminals.  It was built between 1875 and 1880. The station served as the terminus for Midland Railway express trains to London St Pancras. The station operated for 89 years, before closing in May 1969.  In 1978, the structure was acquired by the Greater Manchester City Council to redevelop as a concert venue.  It was the centrepiece of the regeneration plan for the area and wider Castlefield district.  The Greater Manchester Exhibition Centre or G-Mex Centre was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986 after four years of renovation.  In 2001, the Manchester International Convention Centre (MICC) was added, comprising an 804-seat auditorium and breakout rooms and the Great Northern Hall.  In January 2007, it was renamed Manchester Central, evoking the memory of the former station.  Over the years, Manchester Central has hosted many large rock concerts, Commonwealth games events in 2002 and several political party conferences.

The venue has state-of-the-art facilities, including an excellent audio-visual service, versatile meeting rooms and complimentary wifi.

In January 2013, Manchester Central became one of the first major conference and events venues in the UK to achieve ISO 20121 Event Sustainability.  This international standard aims to boost the local economy and reduce the impact on the environment.  It also engages with and helps to educate the local, national and international community.

For more information please visit the Manchester Central website - click here.


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