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You can learn all about the history of Manchester Central at FREE ‘open house’ tours next month

The former railway station and concert venue has a rich past.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 26th June 2023

Manchester Central is to host a day of free tours next month, and it’s giving visitors the chance to learn all about the history of the iconic building.

We all know Manchester Central has a rich past.

From the central railway station, to the GMEX concert venue, the Manchester International Convention Centre (MICC), and now known as Manchester Central – even spending some time as a makeshift NHS ‘Nightingale’ hospital at the height COVID-19 pandemic too – the iconic venue in the heart of Manchester city centre has lived many lives.

Designed by Sir John Fowler, the historic building first opened to the public all the way back in 1880.

It initially started out as the Manchester Central Railway, and was one of the city’s main railway terminals with more than 400 trains passing through the station every day over 89 years of operation before closing in May 1969.

Manchester Central Railway opened in 1880 / Credit: Manchester Central | Manchester Museum of Transport

Over its impressive 140-year history, the building has catered for everyone and everything from County Council meetings, and world-renowned conferences and conventions, to those catching trains to all four corners of the country, attending concerts by iconic artists such as Oasis and The Smiths, and so much more.

There’s a lot to learn about, which is why Manchester Central is opening its doors for two official ‘Open House’ tours in a couple of weeks time, and is giving curious Mancs the opportunity to discover more about the venue and its illustrious history.


Tours will be led by knowledgeable team members who’ll be able to give you “the inside scoop” on working there.

Inside Manchester Central / Credit: Manchester Central

The Manchester Central Open House 2023 takes place on Wednesday 12 July, with two official free tours scheduled, but doors open from 9am-5pm even if you can only spare 10 minutes, and refreshments available all throughout the day.

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