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Whitworth Art Gallery

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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
Description: 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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cornelia parker

Gallery was lovely, didnt open till 10am on the Saturday we went but we only had to wait 10 minutes lighting a bit low in several areas we enjoyed ourselves

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Leicestershire, UK
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

An inspiring place to spend a few hours. Newly refurbished exhibition spaces which really work in this historic building, plus the acclaimed extension with its glass walls bringing the trees and the green into the building, and the visitor out into the park. Enjoyed the Cornelia Parker, the portraits and the very apt 'green textile display.' The café was lovely,... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful Gallery! I absolutely loved the open plan and airy galleries and was really impressed with how they have maintained the integrity of the original Victorian and 1960's elements with the new modern extension. The view from the cafe - and the food - was stunning, I felt like I was in a tree house. I wish I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Oh dear me! the cafe will shortly have no staff as they will soon all be on the sick with stress. We were apologised to at least three times about the lack of staff and slow service. We then queue jumped and had to point out to the member of staff that the table opposite us with two toddlers had... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Gallery was lovely, didnt open till 10am on the Saturday we went but we only had to wait 10 minutes lighting a bit low in several areas we enjoyed ourselves

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40 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Been here twice recently. The modern extension at the rear with the café-restaurant in it is enjoyable to sit in and we've eaten here (relatively quick and friendly service, nice views). The halls at the rear of the building feel spacious and the current exhibitions by Cai Guo-Qiang (wonderful gunpowder landscape) and Cornelia Parker (loved the exploded shed and the... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I had the misfortune to visit the art gallery cafe on Saturday May 9th 2015. We experienced a series of very unprofessional incidents, but it was having waited fifty minutes for a simple order of soup and a sandwich, in spite of being told twice that our order was being processed, and getting no further response from... More 

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Whatever you may think about the building, cafe, etc a visit to the Whitworth before 31 May 2015 is an opportunity to see some thought provoking and amusing art presented superbly. As well as the big installations there are also 3 videos playing, I would recommend "crown of thorns" and "poppies" which are about 5 minutes each, the 40minute video... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The whitworth has always had an excellent collection of prints, design and drawings but a mediocre collection substantial works of art. Make the best of what you have got! At first the new building work looks stunning but when get used to the new space you realise there are serious flaws. There is a lot more cafeteria, sitting areas and... More 

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Manchester
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3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

We'd been looking forward to the re-opening of the Whitworth Gallery, having enjoyed our last visit. However, we were very disappointed. Most of the watercolours and portraits which packed the walls of two huge rooms were either too high to see or so low we had to almost bend double to see them. This was doubly difficult as we were... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I visited the Whitworth with my 3 year old shortly after it had re-opened (amazing by the way!). To my horror my little one was so enchanted by an exhibit that she touched it and a member of staff was swiftly by my side. However she did not talk to me, she got down on her knees and talked directly... More 

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