Our location

The full address of the venue is Factory International, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ and what3words is chop.feeds.chase.

Travel Information

Our closest stations are:

Salford Central station: 0.4 miles

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 0.6 miles

(Step-free access to platforms via a lift from the corner of Deansgate and Whitworth St West)

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.6 miles

(Step-free, ramp access to all platforms)

Manchester Victoria station is approximately one mile from the building

Manchester Piccadilly station is approximately 1.3 miles from the building

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

By Bike

There will be 40 bike parking spaces at the building. National Cycling Route 6 passes close to the building and the this TfGM webpage can help with route planning.

You can also hire bikes from on-street docking stations across the city centre. The closest docking stations to our venue are currently on Deansgate by Liverpool Road and (400m from the building) and by King Street (500m from the building). Take a look at Transport for Greater Manchester’s webpage for advice on cycle hire.

By walking and other active means

The building 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.

All footways in the surrounding area are well lit and there are appropriate crossings across all main roads.

Pedestrians with visual impairment are recommended to approach the building via Water Street, from Liverpool Road. This route has traditional carriageway and footway design with fixed street furniture which should help with navigation to the entrance.

Closer to opening, the wider area will have signage to direct anyone on foot to the most appropriate routes.

A footbridge at Left Bank in Spinningfields provides an accessible link across the River Irwell to Salford Central station, and a further footbridge also links Factory International with the Salford area of Middlewood Locks.

Bus Routes

There are 14 bus routes into Manchester which pass within 0.3 miles of the Factory International building. Many stop on Bridge Street, north of the building parallel to Quay Street.

Bus routes which stop on Bridge Street include services to:

  • Bolton (8/ 36 / 37)
  • Leigh (V1 / V2)
  • Warrington (100)

Please visit the Travel for Greater Manchester website for the latest bus routes and times.

Metroshuttle Free Bus

The Metroshuttle buses are free bus services that operate around the city centre. They are highly branded and accessible for wheelchair users.

Route 1 passes the North end of Water Street along Quay Street, approximately 0.12 miles from Factory International. It then passes down Lower Byrom Street by the Science and Industry Museum.

There is a car park approximately 0.6 miles from the building entrance 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.

Booking tickets

Our building is free to visit but many of our events and exhibitions will require you to book a ticket in advance.

Visit our what's on page for all the latest listings where you will be able to individually book tickets for events.


From free tickets for Personal Assistants to priority seating and a variety of accessible performances, Factory International is open to all. If you are thinking of visiting us, head over to our Access area for more information.

Factory International Membership

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- Priority booking: be first to hear and book for all our future shows and events, including for Manchester International Festival.

- Discounts: save with special offers and discounts across Factory International;

- Exclusive events: receive invitations to dedicated Members’ events, including behind-the-scenes tours of the building, private views and artist talks;

- Digital access: get exclusive access to digital content and virtual events, so you can enjoy even more unforgettable experiences wherever you are;

- Members’ newsletter: stay up-to-date on all the latest events with our special Members-only e-newsletter;

- Welcome gift: you’ll receive a very special welcome gift to say thank you for your support!

And it’s just £45 to sign up.

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