Venue Guide

Host An Event at the Manchester Central Convention Complex


Manchester Central Convention Complex is a city centre exhibition and conference centre with unique architecture down to its history as a railway station.

It has played host to many political party conferences, music events and exhibitions over the years and was formerly known as the “G-Mex.” Historically most often associated with music events, it is most often used for large exhibitions and conventions these days.

It has a host of different rooms ranging from 40 person meeting rooms up to its 10,000+ capacity stunning central hall.

Thinking of hiring the Manchester Central Convention Centre for your event? We’ve rounded up all the key facts you’ll need.

Manchester Central Convention Complex - Key Info

Venue Address

Manchester Central Convention Complex

Petersfield, M2 3GX

Venue Website


40 to over 10,000


Manchester Central Convention Complex Capacity

Manchester Central can host events from 40 up to more than 10,000. Here are some sample rooms and capacities. 



Central Hall 1 + 2 combined

(Central Halls 1 and 2 can be hired individually as well)

Up to 10,900 in theatre style seating or 3,600 in banqueting style seating

Central Foyer

Up to 1,200 for a drinks reception

The Gallery

Up to 500 standing (buffet or drinks reception) or up to 300 in banqueting style seating

Charter Suites 1, 2, and 3 Combined

(They can also be hired individually)

Up to 950 with theatre-style seating or up to 510 with banqueting style seating arrangements

Exchange Auditorium

Up to 800 in theatre-style seating

Manchester Central Convention Complex Facilities

In House Catering Available


In House Audio & Visual Facilities


Wifi Provisions

Wifi Available


Easily Accessible

Event Security


Getting To The Manchester Central Convention Complex

Air Travel

Manchester International Airport is around 8 miles from Manchester Central Convention Centre or around 20 minutes by car. Equally, you can reach the airport by train from nearby Oxford Road station (around a 20-minute journey) or get to the airport using the Metrolink from St Peter's Square, which is a 3-minute walk from the Convention Centre. 

Train Travel

Manchester Central Convention Centre is accessible on foot from Manchester Piccadilly (15 to 20 minutes), Manchester Victoria (around 15 minutes), Oxford Road Station (around 10 minutes), and Deansgate Station in under 5 minutes). Trains from London to Manchester Piccadilly take a little over 2 hours, making Manchester incredibly accessible for visitors coming from the capital.

Travel by Car

Getting to Manchester by car is straightforward given its proximity to the M62 and M6. The City Centre can be busy, however, so do expect heavy traffic at peak times. 

Local Travel

Buses run into the City Centre from all over Greater Manchester regularly.

Both St Peter’s Square and Deansgate Metrolink Stations are accessible on foot within a couple of minutes.

Nearby Parking

Manchester Central NCP car park is on site with spaces for 643 vehicles and you can pre-book a space

Nearby Hotels & Accommodation

The Convention Centre boasts a prime city center position with scores of hotels within walking distance. The nearest are the upmarket Midland Hotel and the Radisson Blu. There are Premier Inns, a Travelodge, Jury, and a host of other hotel chains close by. 

For those who prefer serviced apartments, the city has StayCity serviced apartments amongst others.

Nearby Bars & Restaurants

Again, the prime location of Manchester Central Convention center delivers. Countless restaurants are within reach of the center, including the plush 20 Stories at Spinningfields (around 15 minutes on foot). 

A tad further afield on Ancoats (25 to 30 minutes on foot or 5 to 10 in a taxi) you'll find Manchester's Michelin star restaurant, Mana. Chinatown and the popular Corn Exchange are also home to a variety of independent and chain restaurants. 

Past Events Hosted At The Manchester Central Convention Complex

Past events at Manchester Central include:

  • NHS Confed 2018
  • National Wedding Show
  • CIH Housing Conference and Exhibition
  • Labour Party Conference
  • Conservative Party Conference

Manchester Central Convention Centre Reviews

229 reviewers give Manchester Central Convention Complex a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor. 

How to hold an event at Manchester Central Convention Complex

You can find out more by contacting the venue directly:


Phone: +44 (0)161 834 2700


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