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Manchester Opera House

Catch a show at one of the city’s most interesting and charming venues for concerts, musicals and theater.

See dazzling theater shows, listen to classical music and laugh during a comedy act in the iconic Manchester Opera House. While this much-loved local venue regularly hosts touring concerts, high-rating West End musicals, ballet, children’s shows and Christmas pantomime, opera is in fact rarely performed here.

The building has been part of Manchester’s cultural landscape since 1912 and has changed hands numerous times. It has nearly always been a touring theater, but briefly functioned as a bingo hall in the 1980s. Today, the Manchester Opera House remains very popular both for its performances and its architecture.

The Opera House is far more intimate than other Manchester podium venues. It was designed by the teacher Sir Albert Edward Richardson, who at the time was an inexperienced architect. He failed to create sufficient room for the large crowds the shows attract. Perhaps he predicted that its cosy, old-fashioned charm would be part of the reason why so many people visit today.

Duck into the small foyer and climb the steps of the steeply raked seating to be rewarded with a spectacular view. The auditorium has an immense high-vaulted ceiling and some of the best theater acoustics in the city.

Order a drink at one of the bars inside the building or head out for a meal afterwards at one of the surrounding restaurants in this nightlife hot spot.

The central location of the Opera House on Oxford Road makes it easily accessible by public transport. The nearby Oxford Road station is serviced by the free Metroshuttle bus, which services city center train stations as well as some car parks and bus stops. Trams and buses stop at St. Peter’s Square, which is just over five minutes’ walk away. If you are driving, pay a fee for a space in the nearby undercover garages.

When booking tickets, online or through the box office, keep in mind that the cheaper seats at the rear or top of the rows have poor sightlines, so pay a bit more if you are keen to make the most of your visit.


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INNSiDE by Melia Manchester $86
INNSiDE by Melia Manchester

INNSiDE by Melia Manchester

1 First Street, Manchester, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Deansgate Locks and Bridgewater Hall. Manchester Palace Theatre and Deansgate are also within 10 minutes. Deansgate-Castlefield Station and Manchester Deansgate Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel $80
    Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

    Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

    Water Street, Manchester, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Science and Industry, The Gay Village, and Manchester Arena. National Football Museum and Manchester Arndale are also within 1 mi (2 km). Manchester Salford Central Station is 7 minutes by foot and Deansgate-Castlefield Station is 12 minutes.

      Hotel Gotham $160
      Hotel Gotham

      Hotel Gotham

      100 King Street, Manchester, England
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Manchester Art Gallery, Piccadilly Gardens, and Manchester Arndale. The Gay Village and Albert Square are also within 10 minutes. Mosley Street Station and Market Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        easyHotel Manchester $31
        easyHotel Manchester

        easyHotel Manchester

        33 Dale Street, Manchester, England
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Greater Manchester Police Museum and Piccadilly Gardens. The Gay Village and Canal Street are also within 10 minutes. Picadilly Gardens Station is only a 4-minute walk and Market Street Station is 6 minutes.

          The Midland - Manchester $70
          The Midland - Manchester

          The Midland - Manchester

          16 Peter Street, Manchester, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Manchester City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Manchester Central Library, St. Peter's Square, and Albert Hall. Bridgewater Hall and Albert Square are also within 5 minutes. St Peters Square Station is only a 2-minute walk and Deansgate-Castlefield Station is 7 minutes.

            The Lowry Hotel $145
            The Lowry Hotel

            The Lowry Hotel

            50 Dearmans Place, Manchester, England
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Deansgate, Manchester Opera House, and Manchester Arena. Manchester Cathedral and Albert Square are also within 10 minutes. Manchester Salford Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Victoria Station is 11 minutes.

              CitySuites Aparthotel $111
              CitySuites Aparthotel

              CitySuites Aparthotel

              16 Chapel Street, Manchester, England
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manchester Cathedral, Printworks, and National Football Museum. Exchange Square and Manchester Arndale are also within 10 minutes. Victoria Station is 6 minutes by foot and Shudehill Station is 9 minutes.

                Dakota Manchester $143
                Dakota Manchester

                Dakota Manchester

                29 Ducie Street, Manchester, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street, The Gay Village, and Piccadilly Gardens. Manchester Palace Theatre and Manchester Arndale are also within 15 minutes. Picadilly Station is 6 minutes by foot and Picadilly Gardens Station is 8 minutes.