Portico Library & Gallery


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Tucked unobtrusively away at the side of the Bank pub, and accessed via a buzzer system, the Portico recently celebrated 200 cerebral years of book lending (but you have to be a member to borrow from the collection) and arts events. Its tightly packed library, with creaking floorboards, leather-backed chairs and archaic section headings ('polite literature' is one), takes you right back to 19th-century Manchester - it remains a peaceful haven amid the bustle of town.

A changing series of art exhibitions take place beneath a gorgeous Georgian glass dome ceiling, and literary events are held throughout the year. Note that steep entrance steps prevent full wheelchair access.

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Portico Library & Gallery details

57 Mosley Street,
entrance on Charlotte Street,
M2 3HY

Area City Centre

Transport Metrolink Mosley Street, or City Centre buses, or Piccadilly rail

Telephone 161 236 6785

Portico Library & Gallery website

Open 9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Wed, Fri; 9.30am-7.30pm Thur

Portico Library & Gallery map

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