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Whitworth Art Gallery

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Neighborhood: Chorlton
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Address: Oxford Road | The University of Manchester, Manchester M15 6ER, England
Phone Number: +44 161 275 7450
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Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The Whitworth is part of the University of Manchester. It is home to some...

The Whitworth 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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Urban gallery

The Whitworth Art gallery is a little way out from the city centre but is within walking distance and on numerous bus routes. Any gallery visit is coloured by the exhibition so my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Whitworth Art gallery is a little way out from the city centre but is within walking distance and on numerous bus routes. Any gallery visit is coloured by the exhibition so my review is about the facilities. The building is a mix of old and new that works well. The exhition rooms are easily accessible, there is a shop... More 

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Edinburgh
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was completely amazed at the absolute deafening screaming of groups of three and four year olds on my visit today. The first thing I saw was a large buggy park area in the exhibition space - where all the little darlings where set free from buggies and left to run all over the galleries screaming as the yummy mummy's... More 

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Thank WeeBasilRathbone
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting gallery, right next to the park. Worth pay a visit. Go to their website, they do lots of activities!

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Thank Samanta A
Oxford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Allegedly over 55000 works of art, but hardly any of merit on display, taken over unfortunately by modern art and screaming infants. I use the word art loosely, and none of this rubbish is creative, and belongs in the bin rather than an art gallery. You have more chance of seeing creative, historic fine art in Ikea than the Whitworth.

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Thank alun1955
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I regularly call into the Whitworth, but not so often for the main displays which I don't find that interesting. The installations/special exhibitions are usually worth a visit but don't expect populist art. The beauty of the gallery is the building itself, the cafe gleaming and reflecting the trees and the secret garden you access from the ground floor -... More 

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Thank LadyVanessa
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A modern gallery with works of all forms from installation, sculpture to paintings and digital arts. The Cafe is fantastic! When you are inside it feels like you are dinning in a glass tree house!

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Thank Katherine H
Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The art gallery is top class. The restaurant was not so good, serving food and drinks on the most unhygienic trays I've ever seen. I mentioned it to staff behind the counter, one of them had a half hearted go at the cleaning the tray but it was still unhygienic. More than that was the negative and blank response from... More 

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

Interesting building, tick. Great cafe, tick. Family friendly outside space, tick. Cool gift shops, tick. Now the art bit. Must try harder. I like visiting art galleries, been to loads. I even waited with great anticipation for the grand re-opening of this and have been back several times. I really have tried to get on board but it always seems... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well-worth the short (~25min) walk from city centre on a dry day. Spacious and carefully organized displays, some of which we found overwhelming (e.g. WWI theme paintings). The lovely gardens behind are another reason to go.

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Thank yarrz
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The recent refurb to the Whitworth has been an absolute blessing. The building itself is a work of art! From the architecture, to the contemporary art and the ever changing exhibitions throughout the gallery, it's hard to get bored! There's a lot of space, and a calm atmosphere. It's perfect for art students or anyone who appreciates good culture! You... More 

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