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COVID-19 Update
Unfortunately Manchester Art Gallery is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However we are still taking enquiries and bookings for the end of the year and of course for into 2021 and beyond so please do get in touch. Thank you.
Brilliant backdrops, a unique location, wonderful food and drink, and the sort of setting that makes for a memorable day: Manchester Art Gallery is a natural choice for weddings and civil partnerships
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Bridal Suite
Changing Only
Usual Access Time
06:00 PM
Usual Finish Time
11:00 PM


City View
Disabled Access
Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Ceremony & Reception

Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted
In-house Catering
In-House Wine List
Full Description
Your ceremony is held within a gallery, with you and your guests surrouded by priceless works of art - and what better setting can there be for the momentous exchanging of vows? You'll be able to take advantage of other spaces too all suited to your individual style and taste. Our Events Team can help with suggestions on room dressing, picking suppliers and ensuring your wedding has a personal touch. Just like our exceptional exhibitions, no two Manchester Art Gallery weddings are ever the same. Our kitchens are on site and everything is freshly made and locally sourced. We will help you create your own bespoke menu or choose from our range of three course dinners or buffet options. If you'd like to arrange a viewing then please do not hesitate to contact us, and we'll be happy to help make your wedding day unique and hassle free.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Victoria Wilson
Thank you for your enquiry and interest in Manchester Art Gallery as the venue for your wedding. We offer something truly extraordinary and romantic and I would be delighted to meet you and show you our beautiful event spaces. Please do contact us for further details or to arrange a coffee and a chat about your special day. May I take this opportunity to say congratulations and we shall look forward to hearing from you. Victoria


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
No. of People In Team
Wedding: June 2019
August 2019
It was perfect in every aspect
Just to thank you and your entire team on behalf of all of us for last night’s event. It was perfect in every aspect. The venue worked fabulously well and got so many great comments. The food was great, the wine and table service was just right and the attention to detail impressive. The perfect venue for a stylish wedding. Kind regards Richard.
Helen & James
Married in June 2019
October 2019
Manchester Art Gallery was, without a doubt, the best venue we could have picked for our wedding
"Manchester Art Gallery was, without a doubt, the best venue we could have picked for our wedding reception! The events team were fantastic in the run-up to the event, helping ensure we had everything in place and any special requests were catered for. When it came to the day, all the guests commented on how special the venue was, and how brilliant the in-house catering was. If you want a stunning drinks reception among paintings, dinner surrounded by artwork, and a great party after, then look no further! We would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone!"
Michelle and Russell
Married in November 2018
February 2019
It really was magical ....
Morning Victoria Myself and my husband (eeks) would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you again to you and your team for helping us (sorry Russell ha) turn around a wedding in just a few weeks. It really was magical from start to finish, and you helped us achieve everything we dreamed it would be and more. Everyone was talking about how perfect the room was and our photos are amazing, especially of Russell’s mum, who was beaming. You really did go above and beyond to help make our day special. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Michelle and Russell xxx
Sarah and Craig
Married in September 2018
February 2019
A beautiful venue and great support from the team
The venue was absolutely stunning, great for pictures and such a unique and fun place to have our ceremony and reception. The events team (Debbie and Victoria especially) were brilliant: they were friendly, answered all of our questions, were very quick to respond to emails, looked into special requests for us, and were very accommodating and professional. Debbie helped us coordinate on the day and made sure everything went smoothly, which was such a great help. The food was fantastic - we got great feedback from our guests - and the catering team gave great service and was really great in answering our queries and being flexible on requests like evening snacks etc. The ceremony room was all set up and ready before the guests arrived, then the setup of the gallery for the cocktail hour was also well-timed and organized, and the atrium for dinner was simply stunning. I would 100% recommend the venue to anyone looking for a beautiful and unique place to celebrate their wedding.
Location & Contact Details


Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3JL, England

Travel Notes

Please note there is no on site parking at Manchester Art Gallery but car parking is available at NCP car parks nearby. Discount available.

Nearest Town


Nearest Train Station

Manchester Picadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road

Nearest Airport

Manchester International Airport

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What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

It's your special day. Aim to have the things that make you both happy !

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

A little note for the guests when they arrived for the ceremony .... 'Pick a seat not a side, we are all family once the knot is tied'

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Creative, grand, historical, beautiful, elegant

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

In front of a beautiful painting, or in the grand Victorian Hall as seen in our photo gallery. The gallery is the perfect place to get some unique photographs of your special day.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Its difficult to choose but if we had to .... home smoked salmon with mustard cream, Welsh rarebit or lobster rolls from our current menu. If you are interested in coming in for a tasting session, we hold them free of charge for our prospective clients, so please get in touch if you wish to see our full menu!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Bacon butties

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The Neoclassical surrounds of the gallery provide the perfect backdrop to ensure your wedding is extraordinary.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our small and dedicated team are here to make your wedding unique and memorable. We will assist you every step of the way. We thoroughly enjoy being a part of your special day.