Gallery opening times

Wednesday – Sunday 12noon – 5:30pm. Pre-booking not required. Please scroll down to read our full Covid-19 safety measures.

Office Hours: Tuesday – Sunday* 10am – 6pm. * Between exhibitions our office hours are Tuesday – Friday only.

Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street
Manchester M15 4GB

Castlefield Gallery is FREE to visit. We are a registered charity and your donations are gratefully received.

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Phone: 0161 832 8034.  Outside of office hours you may need to leave a voicemail.

Please state the nature of your call, your full name and phone number. Please note it may take up to 3 working days for a member of staff to return your call.

COVID-19 safety measures

We have undertaken building adaptations and introduced new health and safety procedures to make our building and galleries COVID-19 safe. This is for the benefit of our visitors, communities, staff and volunteers, and is a priority for us.

Read further to find out more about the steps we’ve taken to enhance health and safety in line with the government advice (available to us at the time of writing).

Do I need to book?

You do not need to pre-book to visit gallery exhibitions.

On occasion, for other events, we may ask you to pre-book and attend in a fixed time slot.

We will publicise any dates on which you will need to pre-book.

Please check our website, social channels before visiting, or email / call 0161 832 8034.

Whilst not exhaustive, please note the following COVID-19 measures we are taking

  • Paper copies of exhibition handouts will be available onsite. We will ask that you either take your copy with you or dispose of it in one of the onsite bins before you exit.
  • Alternatively, you can download an exhibition handout to a mobile device or to print in advance of visiting from the relevant exhibition page on our website, as well as via QR codes on site at the gallery.
  • Our entrance and exit will remain the same at 2 Hewitt Street, M15 4GB.
  • We are carefully managing the number of people on site at our building and in our galleries at any one time. This is to ensure there is ample space for social distancing:

-Whilst subject to review, maximum capacity across the whole gallery at any time will be 15

-Please do not attend the gallery in a group of more than 6 people or 2 households (a support bubble counts as one household of two, carers and children under 5years of age are not counted in this number)

– When onsite at the gallery we ask you to maintain social distancing with other households outside your group (in line with government guidance, which is subject to change and we will update this page as and when advice changes)

-We welcome and encourage attendances from learning and community groups. If you are a learning or community group, please contact us in advance of visiting. We want to support you with planning your visit.

  • In line with government advice, anyone visiting our building must wear a face covering unless you are exempt for health reasons or under the age of 11years old.
  • If you arrive at the building without a face covering and are not genuinely exempt, or under the age of 11years old, you will not be granted admission. We will offer you a single use face covering. Anyone refusing to wear a face covering will not be permitted to enter the building. This is for the safety of both our visitors and staff.
  • Upon arrival please give those leaving the building ‘right of way’, maintaining 2metres distance where possible, a minimum of 1.5metres. Occasionally you may experience a brief waiting period before entry.
  • We will display specific signage at the entrance to and around our building and galleries to encourage social distancing.
  • NHS Test and Trace means if you are able, we will ask you to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app. If you are unable to use the NHS COVID-19 app we will ask you for some basic data on entry to our building and galleries. This does not apply to those under the age of 16. This data will only ever be shared with the NHS if an outbreak of Covid-19 was identified from someone who had visited Castlefield Gallery. Data will be held for 21 days and will not be used for any purpose other than Test and Trace.
  • Our bathroom will be open, a wheelchair (unisex) accessible toilet available. We have made further adaptations to our bathroom to enhance COVID-19 safety.
  • We encourage visitors to make use of hand sanitiser stations around the building, in particular on entry, exit and also when entering and exiting our bathroom where there are also hand washing facilities.
  • We have implemented increased cleaning of communal areas, including high contact points such as door handles.
  • There will be trained staff on site at all times to answer any of your questions.
  • Please do not visit Castlefield Gallery if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. For more information on these please visit the NHS website.
  • We operate a zero tolerance policy towards disrespectful or abusive behaviour towards our staff, volunteers and other visitors, in person, over the phone or via any other communications channels.


  • Castlefield Gallery is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • The entrance to the gallery is level with the pavement outside. Our entrance door is fairly heavy but our Front of House team will be happy to help you with this so please just ring the doorbell to the right hand side of the entrance upon arrival and after entering please use our entry way hand sanitiser station.
  • We have a wheelchair accessible lift to all floors. Again the lift doors are fairly heavy but our Front of House team will be happy to help you with these.
  • A wheelchair (unisex) accessible toilet on the first floor is available.
  • The nearest free parking spots for disabled drivers are 0.4 miles away on Mount St(updated Jan 2019). For general parking information please see below. The nearest paid parking spots for disabled drivers are 0.2 miles away and are located just off Medlock Street near to Mancunian Way (A5103) (Q-Park multi-storey). There are 28 disabled spaces.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome.
  • Large print versions of the gallery’s exhibition handouts are available. These are paper based and you can either take them away with you or dispose of them after you have finished using them in one of our onsite bins.

For any further access enquiries please contact the gallery on 0161 832 8034 or

Castlefield Gallery was named among Manchester’s Top 5 Accessible Tourist Attractions by Euan’s Guide. (published May 2017)


How to get to Castlefield Gallery

By Bike:

Sheffield Bike Stands are located outside the gallery, close to the entrance to the nearby Deansgate railway station and opposite the junction of Commercial Street and Deansgate.

By Metrolink Tram:

To Deansgate/Castlefield. The platform is accessible by stairs and lift.

By Bus:

The No.2 Metroshuttle, the free city centre bus, takes a circular route from Victoria Train Station. The nearest stop to Castlefield Gallery is on Whitworth Street West by Deansgate railway station.

By Train:

Castlefield Gallery is located behind Deansgate railway station. Alternatively, to access the gallery from Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria railway stations take a Metrolink tram from Victoria or Piccadilly (Altrincham or Eccles direction) to the Deansgate/Castlefield stop. We are within easy walking distance from Oxford Road train station – continue down Whitworth Street West until you reach Deansgate railway station.

By Car:

Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK’s extensive motorway network. Follow signs to the city centre and park near Deansgate Train Station. The nearest all-day car parking is a 5-minute walk from Castlefield Gallery and is located on First Street Manchester M15 4FN (Q-Park multi-storey). There are 28 disabled spaces and family parking available and a 24 hour parking stay costs £17. Nearby short-term street parking is available on Deansgate and Whitworth Street West and the gallery is surrounded by many pay at metre / online parking bays.