Manchester Central Convention Complex

Manchester Central Convention Complex

Manchester Central Convention Complex is an exhibition and conference centre converted from the former Manchester Central railway station. The station was the northern terminus for services to London St Pancras and was opened in July 1880. It closed to passengers in 1969 and was renovated as an exhibition centre formerly known as the G-MEX Centre in 1982. It was Manchester's primary music concert venue until the construction of the Manchester Arena, after which it was refitted in 2008 to host conferences and exhibitions offering around 12,000 sq m of exhibition space.

How to get there

Being located in the heart of a major city, access by all methods of transport are excellent.

By road, the site entrance is immediately off of the A56 Deansgate, approximately half a mile from the end of the M602. The M6 provides a direct route from the south, either via the M1 from the south east, or the M5, from the South West. From the North and Scotland, the best route is via the M6; in all cases leave the M6 and join the M62 at Junction 21A, then join the M602 at Junction 12. There is an underground car park on site with 720 spaces, but it cannot accommodate vehicles taller than 1.9 metres. The daily rate for using the site car park is normally around £20, but some exhibitions provide cheaper parking rates for exhibitors.

By rail, Manchester Central is a short bus or taxi ride, or around a twenty-minute walk, from Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station. There is also the option of transferring to local rail services to Oxford Road Station, which is around five-minutes’ walk from the venue. There are regular direct services to Manchester Piccadilly from London Euston, Liverpool Lime Street, Newcastle and Sheffield.

By Air, Manchester International Airport is 20 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly train station via a half-hourly air-rail link.

By Bus, there are national coach services to Manchester Coach Station in Chorlton Street, which is a twenty-minute walk from the venue. Regular local bus services operate to Manchester Central from the train and coach stations, and there are also light rail services that operate every 12 minutes between Manchester Piccadilly Station and the Deansgate-Castlefield stop which is right next to the venue.

There are two national chain hotels next to the Manchester Central site, both of which are just a few minutes’ walk from the Exhibition Halls. In addition, there are numerous hotels within 15 minutes’ walk of the venue.

What facilities are there?

There are the usual fast food, snack and beverage facilities, plus seating areas available throughout the venue. Deansgate is a lively area, with plenty of restaurants and bars within a few minutes’ walk, offering everything from take-away to 5-star fine dining.

Useful things to know when setting up

For set-up and breakdown days, there are several goods entrances, some of which allow vehicular access. All standholders must first report to the traffic management office where they will be issued with vehicle and personal passes and directed to the appropriate entrance by a traffic marshal. When unloading at the exhibition halls, all exhibitors must ensure that both they and their vehicles display the passes and that vehicles are removed immediately after unloading.

Major National Exhibitions held at the MCCC include:

The National Wedding Show
BDA British Dental Conference and Exhibition
UK Space Conference
Smarter Business Tech LIVE
Health and Care Innovation Expo
MCM Manchester Comic Con
Soccerex Global Convention
Children's Global Media Summit

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