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Whitworth Art Gallery

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Neighborhood: Chorlton
As featured in 3 Days in Manchester and 1 other guide
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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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Manchester's museums are fantastic, not least of which is the Whitworth. A little way out of the centre it may be, but well worth the effort.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Whitworth do great children's activities through the summer holidays, the exhibitions can interest an older child but I was pleased the my pair 9 and 5 managed to walk around for 1/2 before complaining. The children's activity we went to do was all about henna and the designs they use, it is a beautiful garden it is held in... More 

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Thank Eleanor H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Manchester's museums are fantastic, not least of which is the Whitworth. A little way out of the centre it may be, but well worth the effort.

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Thank Lifeman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Though not great for parking, it is well worth spending a few hours here. Lovely cafe. Great design and good food. I like the shop and galleries too. Nice people and a lovely atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth visiting for the building alone - award winning gallery extension which links the building very cleverly with the surrounding park (which has some sculptures) and new garden area which is clearly planted for height and colour. Interesting exhibitions, particularly Great War art exhibition, textiles (a strength of the original collection) and core collection of portraits. We had lunch in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This art gallery is a jewel! What a great surprise! Its collection is great and the exhibitions I saw, both focus on textile, were very interesting and well displayed. Loved it!

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Thank hungaro007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An easy walk from the city centre. I enjoyed the current displays, and the mixture of media on display. The garden themed lower ground floor area was good, and the garden planting looks promising. We both enjoyed lunch, all very tasty(and healthy!). I loved their drawing hampers for children which provided them with all they needed to create their own... More 

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Thank ERS2013
Cheshire
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were really looking forward to seeing this new multi million pound building having not been to the Whitworth for many years. In our opinion it can be summarised in three words, King's new clothes.

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

Love the huge windows and views of the park . Love the cafe but why oh why did they fill the main exhibition space with remnants of wood taken from ex film sets and fill the interiors with videos showing old foreign films with no subtitles?? Sorry but this art gallery has little art in it as it appears they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful exhibition space. Cafe needs some work - cakes should be labelled with what they are and how much they cost. Waiting staff need training on how to actually deliver drinks to the table without spilling much of it. And lessons on how long it should take to make coffee could be usefully taken from any well-known high street coffee... More 

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The_WhitworthArt, Manager at Whitworth Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Kate My name's Megan and I work for The Modern Caterer at the Whitworth. Firstly I would like to apologise for your experience in the café. We are currently undergoing staff training and are soon to be introducing a new style of service to eliminate the issues you've brought to our attention. I do hope your visit hasn't deterred... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had an quick 30 mins to spare. This is stunning grand building. Bright gallery spaces and modern feel to the art gallery. Worth a visit

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