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Whitworth Art Gallery

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Neighbourhood: Chorlton
As featured in 3 Days in Manchester and 1 other guide
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Address: Oxford Road | The University of Manchester, Manchester M15 6ER, England
Phone Number:
+44 161 275 7450
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Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The Whitworth is part of the University of Manchester. It is home to some...

The Whitworth is part of the University of Manchester. It is home to some of the UK's finest collections of art and design including modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers.

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Relaxing cafe overlooking the park

The old red brick art gallery with the clever extension and glass cafe overlooking the park is superb. The Andy Warhol and Portraits exhibition are interesting. The food was good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was disappointed by the exhibits, as there was not that much to see. The building itself is beautiful, with one side given to glass facing Whitworth Park. This gives a great feeling of space and light. For me, the highlight was the cafe, serving a lovely range of primarily vegetarian food and cakes. It is walled by glass, facing... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The old red brick art gallery with the clever extension and glass cafe overlooking the park is superb. The Andy Warhol and Portraits exhibition are interesting. The food was good value soup and sandwiches followed by lovely cakes and excellent soya hot chocolate. Particularly enjoyed the study room being able to open the cabinet drawers to see extra paintings. We... More 

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Alyth, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is a very good feeling about the open spaces of the Whitworth Art Gallery. We wandered around looking at paintings but I was most impressed with the building itself and the exhibit of fabric and clothing and a marvelous light catching piece of glass and metal sculpture. The various coloured glass triangles hang in a double line suspended from... More 

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The_WhitworthArt, Visitor Team Services at Whitworth Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Connie, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're really pleased to hear you enjoyed the spaces and particularly 'Plato's Disco,' the suspended work by David Bachelor on our Upper Promenade stairs. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind Regards, Tahmina More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

has a range a of exhibitions make sure you check it out before going! very nice feel to it and spacious!

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Thank Aya A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed our two visits to the Whitworth. Excellent exhibitions, relaxed space. Even musical performance on the one occasion. Free entry.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not only one of the best set of new galleries I've seen for some time in a gallery but they also have a really great coffee shop - a must. There's also some pictures hung in the walls. Nicely hung and displayed. Only you can know if you'll like them, The Warhol exhibition is good if not outstanding - worth... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Free entry. Medium size gallery with a nice layout. Cafe has a nice view of the park. Relaxed atmosphere.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After enjoying the wonderful eclectic collection in this interesting gallery you must visit the cafe in the truly remarkable extension at the back of the building. The cafe feels as though it is floating over the park and you are up in the trees. The food is exceptional and reasonably priced. Full marks to the caterers who prepare the food... More 

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Thank Susan T
The_WhitworthArt, Visitor Team Services at Whitworth Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Susan, Thank you for your feedback. We're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit, particularly to our cafe in the trees. Our Modern Caterer team always aim to give our visitors a great experience. Looking forward to seeing you again. Kind Regards, Tahmina More 

Bury, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of interesting exhibits for art lovers. I would suggest it's more a place for adults than children though, unless the children are very keen on art. Plenty of the room in the place to sit down and stare at things for long periods if you so wish. The cafe attached to the gallery is also very good, with attractive... More 

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The_WhitworthArt, Visitor Team Services at Whitworth Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Brian, We're glad that you enjoyed our exhibitions, and our cafe in the trees. The gallery is a great place for reflection but it's also a very family friendly space and we have plenty of regular and seasonal workshops and activities for all ages. We hope to see you again in the near future. Kind Regards, Tahmina More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit here and not disappointed. The exhibitions were interesting with knowledgeable staff who were able to discuss artists ideas and information about the building itself. Loved the Cafe/restaurant with lovely view. Visited on a Sunday morning and suggest booking a table if you want to secure a place to eat. Great accessibility for all.

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Thank Seekingcoffeeheaven
The_WhitworthArt, Visitor Team Services at Whitworth Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hi, We're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your first visit to the Whitworth. We're glad our staff were able to answer any questions you may have had about the building and exhibitions. Looking forward to your next visit. Kind Regards, Matthew More 

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