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Address: Victoria Station, Manchester M3 1AR, England
Phone Number: +44 161 950 5000
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Manchester Arena, managed and operated by SMG Europe, is one of the busiest...

Manchester Arena, managed and operated by SMG Europe, is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe.

Since opening in 1995, the Arena has hosted the biggest names in live entertainment including U2, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Pavarotti and the record-breaking 2010/2011 residency by local comedian Peter Kay.

In addition to live music, we've also staged some of the biggest events in the UK sporting calendar including several 2002 Commonwealth Games' events, the 2012 Olympic basketball warm-up match between team USA and GB, the 2008 FINA World Swimming Championships and international boxing bouts by Mike Tyson, David Haye, Joe Calzaghe and local champions Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan.

We've also played a key part in Manchester's rich musical heritage with historic shows by local bands Take That, Oasis, Elbow, New Order, James, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, M People, Doves, The Inspiral Carpets, The Verve, Simply Red and The Courteeners.

Attracting over one million visitors each year, the 21,000 capacity Arena is a former winner of the industry's prestigious International Venue of the Year award.

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This was our first visit to the Manchester Arena and to be honest I expected more from the food stalls. My daughter and I bought a hot-dog each and the bread was still a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Burnley, United Kingdom

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was our first visit to the Manchester Arena and to be honest I expected more from the food stalls. My daughter and I bought a hot-dog each and the bread was still a little frozen. We walked all the way round and nothing changed, it was just the same stalls over and over again selling the same things. The... More 

Thank tmpswooner
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Saw rock concert here. Found the ease of not having to leave Victoria Station to gain entry to the arena fantastic (as you exit the ticket barrier, go up set of stairs on your left). There are a couple of pubs that serve food and also coffee shops in the station concourse). If you can brave the Manchester rain, Victoria... More 

Thank FridayFoodie
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good seats and sound system. Many entrances so queues are not that long. Down side is the stairs to upper seats, very steep so it's best to wear sensible shoes.

Thank Laureta M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Saw Take That and Simple Red. Amazing concerts. Acoustics were great. Easy to find and parking on site. Pick your group enjoy the night.

Thank Stella L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The arena shows top line artists for all ages. It has a large capacity, but nevertheless sells out for the big names, so book early.

Thank Lifeman
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're approaching from the city centre good luck finding it, the access is upstairs through the train station but there is no signage to tell you...

Thank Jimma1985
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to see the carnival of madness tour and have to say Shinedown were fantastic, the sound was very good and so was the atmosphere. The negatives about place were me and my girlfriend were standing and we got told to go down one block and when we went down the hundreds of steps were told to go all the... More 

Thank Carlcox1
Bridlington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My first time to Manchester and the Arena. The arena is a lovely size with thousands of seats, given ample view from wherever you sat. The use of big screens helped give a better close up feel, and the lighting was brilliantly choreographed. There was an ample amount of toilets. Just a shame that half of them were locked. The... More 

Thank joepryor63
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I found the staff at the Arena particularly helpful, efficient and professional. The steps to get to the lower level of the Arena are very steep with no hand rails, so it can be difficult if you are older or with a child/children. I would visit this venue again but next time I would take the lift to the seats... More 

Thank Maggie1946_11
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been here many times before, and I grow to hate it more & more. For Live music, the sound is shockingly bad. The prices are utterly ridiculous and I felt discriminated against for being a smoker - no smoking area, no 'pass outs' for fresh air - I'm a 30 year old woman not a child. I will genuinely... More 

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