City Of Floating Sounds: Sackville Gardens

6 - 8 Jun 2024

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Benches and greenery in Sackville Gardens overlooked by red brick buildings
6 - 8 Jun 2024
Sackville Gardens, Whitworth Street, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3WA
Standard Tickets £20
Concessions £10
Aviva £10 tickets

To book access tickets and personal assistant tickets please call 0161 817 4531 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm) or email

We’re putting art in the heart of Manchester, within reach of everyone; and have affordable ticket options including £10 tickets for those on limited incomes.

For information about who qualifies for Aviva £10 Tickets and concessions visit our Affordable Ticketing FAQs page.

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Running time: 2 hours.

Please note the performance element in the Hall at Aviva Studios contains smoke.

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access

City of Floating Sounds invites you to travel through the city listening to fragments of Huang Ruo's new symphony before its world premiere at Aviva Studios. You can make your own way to the venue or join in at one of our suggested starting places. This route begins in Sackville Gardens.

At 1.2 miles, this is the second longest route, suitable for those comfortable travelling slightly longer distances, and moving at a slightly quicker pace. The average walking time according to Google Maps is 28 minutes.

This route combines the melodies of the orchestral symphony with the dynamic sounds of the urban environment of central Manchester.

Starting at Sackville Gardens, this route will take you through the city centre and past St Peter’s Square, for the most part avoiding main thoroughfares in favour of quieter streets.

You'll then travel through the peaceful St John’s Gardens and arrive at the Water Street entrance to Aviva Studios.

This route and the journey time may be challenging for wheelchair users and those with other access requirements. You can see videos of the route here.

Wheelchair users may prefer the ‘Choose your own path’ option which may allow for a more comfortable, adaptable experience – please see more details under the ticket booking options.

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Getting to Sackville Gardens

Sackville Gardens is located on Whitworth St, Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3WA. What3words is

The closest stations to Sackville Gardens is:

Manchester Piccadilly train station: 0.3 miles

Manchester Oxford Road train station: 0.3 miles

Piccadilly Gardens tram: 0.3 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.3 miles

Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 1.5 miles

The following bus lines have routes that pass near Sackville Gardens: 15, 18, 41, 42, 43, 87, 111, 142, 143, 147, 191, 197, 724, V1, V2, V4

There is bike parking available at Manchester Oxford Road train station Cycle Hub: 0.3 miles

There is a car park approximately 400 ft away from Sackville Park at NCP Car Park Manchester Sackville Street Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3LY.

Accessible Parking: Chorlton St. (7 bays) – 230 ft away from Sackville Gardens

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

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