People's History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.

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Opening times

  • Open: every day 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Radical Lates: second Thurs each month until 8.00pm
  • Closed: 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan

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Free entry

Suggested donation £5.

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What's on

The museum’s programme of events and exhibitions offers something to enjoy for visitors of all ages and abilities.

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Getting here

See below for the best way to find us, or download a map and directions.

On foot

The museum is located on the corner of Left Bank and Bridge Street in the Spinningfields area of Manchester city centre, five minutes’ walk from Waterstones bookshop on Deansgate.

By bike

Bike racks are located outside The Left Bank cafe bar entrance on Bridge Street.  Visit Transport for Greater Manchester cycling pages for more information on cycling in Manchester.

Rail stations
  • Salford Central (2 min walk)
  • Manchester Victoria (15 min walk or 8 mins on free Metroshuttle 1 or 2)
  • Manchester Piccadilly (20 min walk or 10 mins on free Metroshuttle 1, 2 or 3)
  • Manchester Oxford Road (20 min walk or 10 mins on free Metroshuttle 2 or 3)
Metrolink stations
  • St Peter’s Square (10 min walk)
  • Deansgate-Castlefield (15 min walk)
Bus stop

(1, 8, 12, 25, 26, 31, 32, 36, 37, 50, X34): Bridge Street (2 min walk)

Free bus stops
  • No 1: Byrom Street (3 min walk)
  • No 2: Bridge Street in peak times only; Mon-Fri, 6.30am – 9.10am & 4.00pm – 6.30pm (1 min walk) / John Rylands Library, Deansgate (4 min walk)

Visit Transport for Greater Manchester free bus page for more information.

Car parks

The museum has no onsite car parking.  The nearest car parks are:

  • New Quay Street, Spinningfields/Bridge Street (2-5 min walk)
  • On-street parking meters, without time limit (nearest meters: New Bailey Street)
    Pay & Display machine parking bays, without time limit (nearest bays: Stanley Street, on the opposite side of the River Irwell to the museum)
  • Designated on-street accessible parking bays, without time limit (nearest 5 bays: St Mary’s Street, off Deansgate)

Drop off only outside the museum, opposite the main entrance on Left Bank.  See Visit Manchester’s website for more information on coach parking in Manchester

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The museum is fully accessible wherever possible. To help us best cater for your requirements, please contact the museum in advance of your visit on 0161 838 9190.

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The museum is Family Friendly throughout, and we welcome visitors of all ages.

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Group Visits

Groups can book a range of sessions from drama performances and artist-led sessions to creative writing, walking tours, guided tours to archive sessions.

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A shop filled with ideas worth fighting for, the PHM shop has a wonderful range of radical books, toys, gifts and homeware that make great presents for kids and grown-ups alike!

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The Left Bank cafe bar

For breakfast, lunch or if you're on the go, pop in and enjoy hand-crafted coffees, seasonal British cuisine or fine local ales on Manchester's sunniest riverside terrace.

The Left Bank cafe bar is open Monday - Friday 8.00am – 5.00pm & Saturday - Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm.

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