Manchester Town Hall

Local nameManchester Town Hall
LocationManchester city centre, UK

Manchester Town Hall is a Victorian, Neo-gothic municipal building in Manchester, England. It is the ceremonial headquarters of Manchester City Council and houses a number of local government departments. The building faces Albert Square to the north and St Peter's Square to the south, with Manchester Cenotaph facing its southern entrance.

Designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse, the town hall was completed in 1877. The building contains offices and grand ceremonial rooms such as the Great Hall which is decorated with Ford Madox Brown's imposing Manchester Murals illustrating the history of the city. The entrance and Sculpture Hall contain busts and statues of influential figures including Dalton, Joule and Barbirolli. The exterior is dominated by the clock tower which rises to 280 feet and houses Great Abel, the clock bell.

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Opening hours

Make sure to check in advance which rooms are available for visit on a particular day.

The Sculpture Hall (restaurant): Mon - Sat

Sometimes there are Clock Tower Tours available. For further details check out the website.


The Clock Tower tours are provided by a third-party company and the cost is £9 + booking fee.

More information and contact


Official website


Phone +44 161 827 7661

Address Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, Lancashire M60 2LA, UK

Coordinates 53°28'45.07" N -2°14'39.083" E

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