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Whitworth Art Gallery

Neighborhood: Chorlton
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Address: University of Manchester | Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, England
Phone Number: +44 161 275 7450
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of the University of Manchester. It is...

The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of the University of Manchester. It is home to some of the UK's finest collections of art and design including modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers.

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Interesting Gallery and Pleasant Cafe

The gallery is around a 15-20 minute walk from Oxford Road station. Alternatively, there are several buses that can take you there down the Oxford Road. There is an eclectic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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north west uk
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

i hadn't been to the whitworth before the revamp so i don't know how much was new and how much original. but i can say the result is brilliant. i'm assuming the whole back windows, overlooking the park, and the cafe, are new - they are extraordinary. they were still working on the heatpumps when we were there so the... More 

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Thank suzx
Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Whitworth is better than average but I didn't enjoy it enough to give it a 'Very Good' rating. The building, with its new extensions, was great to explore but the art work in it mostly missed the spot for me. I felt it had lost a community element and was more about being cutting edge. I found two of... More 

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Thank StrawberryAli
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The refurbishment of this red brick Victorian era gallery has won awards - and as soon as you walk in you can immediately see why. Without losing any of the character of the stately old building, the light and airy modern extension opens it up to the surrounding park. There is an intriguing mixture of baffling modern stuff and iconic... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The architecture of the newly refurbished Whitworth is worth a visit in itself. Exhibits are given lots of space and the gallery seems airy and nothing crammed in. Don't expect too many old masters as it leans to the contemporary. Children's activities. Easy to get to by us or taxi but quite a walk from city centre. Overlooks a pleasant... More 

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Cap d'Ail, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Gallery on a rainy afternoon in December. What treasures inside! A modern art gallery with something to offer for everyone. Wander around from floor to floor, enjoy. Even a part for little ones to discover art. Finish the visit with afternoon tea in the cafe overlooking the park.

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Thank Magg06
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting building externally, in the university quarter. Lovely space inside. Exhibits not always laid out well. Information on each piece available, but fussily presented. Toilets poorly signed. Cafe lovely, staff included. Some nice stuff in shop. Overall, worth a spare hour.

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Thank ontherazzle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The gallery is around a 15-20 minute walk from Oxford Road station. Alternatively, there are several buses that can take you there down the Oxford Road. There is an eclectic mix of art on view. A good selection of watercolours, with examples from JMW Turner, William Blake and Thomas Girtin. The portrait section encompassed a wide range of eras and... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has won a lot of awards and once you're in there it's pretty clear why. Although it's not a grand old building with insane architecture it's not a boring standard modern building either. Anyway, the art they usually have there is interesting enough that you aren't looking at the building structure much anyway. It has a lot of... More 

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Thank Lauraar232
Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Whitworth has long been known for its collection and display of textiles. Their new policy seems to be to show very few items with no information about where they come from, what they are made of and how they were made. The worst showcase was labelled TUNIC 7-8 century and nothing more in or by the display! All the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very nice art gallery in a magnificent building. Im not the biggest art fan but i was impressed with the layout and the overall feel of the gallery. The cafe is set in a really nice glass room that extends outwards.

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