Aviva Studios is a new purpose-built cultural space in the heart of Manchester. The entrance to our building is through double sets of glass doors. There are automatic doors at both entrances.
Once inside, there is step-free access to all areas of the venue. You will arrive into the Social, a large public space where there are a range of seats (including those with arms), a bar and toilets.
The bars in the Social have lowered accessible service points.
The Warehouse entrance is by lift or stairs from one side of The Social opposite the bar.
There are accessible toilets on all public levels of our building.
Accessible toilets (a mixture of wheelchair accessible cubicles with right- or left-hand transfer as well as accessible ambulant cubicles with grab rails) are located in the brick arches in the Social.
There are additional accessible toilets located in both Hall Foyers.
You do not need a key to use the accessible toilets.
Assistance dogs are welcome to visit Yayoi Kusama: You, Me And The Balloons, and we can provide mats and water bowls (outside the installation) on request.
If you are bringing your assistance dog to the event, we would appreciate you letting us know in advance by emailing email@example.com.
The events at this venue are:
Yayoi Kusama: You, Me And The Balloons
This event takes place in the Warehouse at Aviva Studios. The exhibition is a large scale installation, and visitors will enter in timed slots.
There is step-free access to all areas of Yayoi Kusama: You, Me And The Balloons, with lift access to one element for those that need it.
We will have portable stools available to borrow for anyone who may need to rest while exploring the installation.
There is no loud sound or extreme lighting in this installation. There may be some background noise from the inflation mechanisms.
As far as we know at the moment, this installation does not contain any latex. We'll update this page once the exhibition has been installed.
Below you can find information on how to get to the Warehouse, Aviva Studios.
The venue can be approached along Water Street (coming from Quay Street) or along Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield).
The Water Street route is the quickest way to arrive at our City Square entrance (the main entrance for the Warehouse).
Our closest stations are:
Salford Central station: 0.4 miles
St Peter’s Square tram: 0.6 miles
Manchester Victoria station is approximately one mile from Aviva Studios.
Manchester Piccadilly station is approximately 1.3 miles from Aviva Studios.
Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.
Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to Aviva Studios along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.
There is a car park approximately 0.6 miles from Aviva Studios at Water Street Car Park, New Elm Rd, Manchester, M3 4JH.
There is also a NCP car park (Manchester Spinningfields) approximately 0.5 miles away from the venue at Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. It has 35 accessible bays.
There are a small number of Blue Badge spaces along Water St and Quay St. Otherwise head towards Liverpool Road, Great John St and Lower Byrom St – close to our neighbours, the Science and Industry Museum where there are a small number of additional Blue Badge spaces.
For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.