A Weekend on the Corridor

Oxford Road Corridor is a vibrant corner of Manchester, you can spend a long weekend here discovering its buzzing neighbourhoods, parks and cultural historic sites, or, make Oxford Road Corridor your base from which to explore Manchester and beyond.

Oxford Road Corridor is Manchester’s innovation district with knowledge and culture to be discovered around every corner, from the historic Central Library in St Peter’s Square to the sprawling campuses of The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, both adorned with beautiful architecture and surrounded by landmarks, historic parks and contemporary green spaces.

There is a rich cultural heritage on Oxford Road Corridor with many of Manchester’s famous music venues here, whether you’re looking for a sophisticated evening at a world-class concert hall or an all-night rave, you can find a venue that suits your mood. For fans of the stage, there is a wide-ranging choice of theatre and performance on offer, from the contemporary and cutting-edge to huge musicals and family favourites. Likewise, the museums and galleries offer on Oxford Road Corridor is unrivalled in Manchester, with impressive historic and contemporary spaces that suit families looking for adventurous days out and culture buffs keen to see a mix of famous and emerging visual arts.

With hidden gems and heritage to uncover too and a huge variety of food and drink options available, a weekend is well spent on Oxford Road Corridor.

Things to do in the day

There are must-see daytime attractions at both ends of the Oxford Road Corridor, from Central Library to the Whitworth with plenty in between.

A dancer jumping at Company Chameleon's Illuminate at Central Library
Manchester Central Library

The iconic home of the city’s archives and local history collections hosts special events and exhibitions throughout the year.

An audeince gathers outside Castlefield Gallery on a sunny day
Castlefield Gallery

Castlefield Gallery is an essential part of the Northern art scene: a gallery and an organisation that has for over 35 years supported the careers of artists living and working in the North.

Exterior HOME Theatre Arts Centre Manchester Oxford Road Corridor

Manchester’s centre for international contemporary culture has something for everyone with five cinemas, two theatres, art gallery, bookshop and restaurants.

The Holden Gallery

Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery curates an exhibitions programme that focuses exclusively on recent developments in international contemporary visual art.

The Whitworth Gallery - Parkside
The Whitworth

The gallery in the park which has gained global attention with contemporary exhibition programmes giving new life to international collections.

External shot of The Pankhurst Centre
The Pankhurst Centre

Home of Emmeline Pankhurst and the place where the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union – later known as the suffragettes – took place.

External shot of Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

A truly hands-on experience celebrating the life and literature of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchester’s most famous Victorian writer.


Many of the cultural spaces on Oxford Road Corridor have in-house cafes and restaurants, but if you fancy trying somewhere new, there are plenty of lunchtime options.

The Eighth Day Shop & Cafe

You can stop by on your lunch for a quick takeaway sandwich or burrito to take back to your desk or enjoy across the road in All Saints Park, or you stay longer and pick from a menu of mains in their downstairs cafe.

Someone holding coffee at Ditto Coffee Manchester
Ditto Coffee Manchester

Ditto Coffee is a coffee shop specialising in independent music and speciality coffee. This Manchester coffee shop is the second from the Liverpool-based Ditto Music company.

An image of bikes locked up outside the venue Gorilla

Gorilla is a bar, kitchen and excellently programmed music venue and club housed beneath the railway arches on Whitworth Street West.

Relaxing afternoon in the park

The afternoons are a great time to see the museums and galleries you’ve not gotten to yet, but if the weather is nice, why not enjoy the green spaces on offer?

Flowers in bloom at All Saints Park one of the green spaces on Oxford Road Corridor
All Saints Park

All Saints Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the Oxford Road Corridor. Perfect for a quick moment of calm on a busy day.

Trees in bloom at Whitworth Park Manchester Oxford Road Corridor taken by Friends of Whitworth Art Gallery
Whitworth Park

This 18-acre park opposite the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is an eye-catching green space and home to the Whitworth Art Gallery.

A view of people gathering on the grass at Brunswick Park
Brunswick Park

Enjoy views of some of the best architecture in Manchester in this green space which was opened in 2018 by The University of Manchester.

Dinner time

Concerts & Shows

There is a wide variety of performance venues on Oxford Road Corridor, depending on what’s on that weekend, you can book for comedy, classical music, musicals and contemporary theatre.

Exterior HOME Theatre Arts Centre Manchester Oxford Road Corridor

Manchester’s centre for international contemporary culture has something for everyone with five cinemas, two theatres, art gallery, bookshop and restaurants.

External night time shot of The Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music is a world-leading conservatoire and thriving music venue with a reputation for attracting talent from across the world.

Exterior image of Contact Theatre on Oxford Road Corridor
Contact Theatre

Contact Theatre is a unique arts organisation that focuses on the impact art can have on young people’s lives, and places them at the heart of everything. Young people, aged 13-30, lead on deciding the artistic programme, making staff appointments and act as full Board members.

Internal image of Palace Theatre Manchester with lights on
Palace Theatre

One of the premier provincial touring venues, expect West-End-style musicals alongside dance, opera and the occasional world premiere.

Internial shot of The Bridgewater Hall auditorium
The Bridgewater Hall

One of Manchester’s most important cultural buildings, the Bridgewater Hall stages 300 performances each year and attracts the biggest names in classical music

The empty main performance space at The Dancehouse Manchester Oxford Road Corridor
The Dancehouse

Home to the Northern Ballet School, The Dancehouse is an Art Deco theatre and studio which hosts a wide range of productions alongside a busy calendar of regular events.


Manchester is famously one of the UK hotspots for live music with many of its most iconic venues based on the Oxford Road Corridor.

Exterior of YES music venue in Manchester

A gig venue, club, bar and restaurant, YES is run by acclaimed promoters Now Wave and is home to the very best up and coming music in Manchester.

An image of an empty O2 Ritz Manchester with an impressive lighting
O2 Ritz Manchester

One of Manchester’s legendary venues, the O2 Ritz Manchester continues to welcome musical acts from around the world to its historic stage

A vibrant crowd watching a musicians perform at Manchester Academy
Manchester Academy

Four spaces in one, Manchester Academy has been welcoming world-famous bands to Manchester since the early 1960s.

A packed crowd watch a band at The Deaf Institute
The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute is a three-storey musical palace, cafe, bar and club: this Grade II-listed venue ticks all the right boxes.

An image of bikes locked up outside the venue Gorilla

Gorilla is a bar, kitchen and excellently programmed music venue and club housed beneath the railway arches on Whitworth Street West.

Where to stay

All you need to know now is where you are going to stay. There are plenty of hotels on the Oxford Road Corridor which cater for all tastes and budgets.

The lobby of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester's Oxford Road Corridor
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel offers an unforgettable stay on Oxford Road Corridor in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.

Midland Hotel Lobby Manchester Oxford Road Corridr
The Midland Hotel

The Midland Hotel is one of the most famous places to stay in Manchester, and one of Oxford Road Corridor’s most lavishly decorated hotels.

Image of the chandelier at Holiday Inn Express Oxford Road
Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road is a centrally located hotel that offers visitors great value for money.