IWM North

January 1st, 2018 / / No Comments »

Imperial War Museum North

Located within Media City, the Imperial War Museum North offers a powerful look at conflict in Britain from World War I & beyond. This awe-inspiring building offers a visionary symbol for the effects of war; 3 interlocking shards, representing land, water & air, based around the concept of a world shattered by conflict.

This FREE visitor attraction is a great option for those planning a Budget Visit to Manchester that offers something for everyone.  Look out for fantastic views of Media City, Old Trafford & the Manchester Ship Canal from the viewing platform.


outside shot of the imperial war museum north

Imperial War Museum North


IWM North; The Big Picture Show

Powerful sounds & images of war that are conveyed in large format around the main exhibition space at regular intervals.  Check out the programme on the day of your visit, take a seat in the main exhibition area & and immerse yourself in a series of concepts surrounding war & conflict.

IWM North; Viewing Platform

Access the Air Shard viewing platform to secure fantastic views over Media City, Old Trafford & the Manchester Ship Canal.  Whilst the IWM North is located next to the new Coronation Street set, I suspect your view of proceedings will be restricted as filming begins on site.

Opt for the lift or climb the 180 stairs but remember warm clothes in the colder seasons as you are exposed to the elements from the top of the viewing platform.  There is a small charge in place for the Viewing Platform but considering entry if free into the IWM North, this is not insurmountable.

IWM North; Action Stations

These action stations are dotted around the main exhibition space providing interactive opportunities to bring concepts of war & conflict alive for children.  Explore the terrible stenches from the First World War trenches complete with smelly feet odours or mustard gas.  Check out the changing programme of events that are aimed specifically at engaging younger visitors.

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viewing tower at the top of the IWM North

IWM North; Viewing Tower


IWM North, (tips & tricks)

Free Entry; whilst there are no charges in place to enter the IWM North, you are welcome to make a donation during your visit should you wish.

Viewing Platform; there is a nominal charge in place to access the viewing platform.

Parking; is available on site although parking charges do apply.

Picnics; are welcome with a picnic room is available, (subject to availability). In warmer weather, why not enjoy your lunch down by the Manchester Ship Canal that you’ll find directly outside the museum.

Lockers; located on the ground floor and require a £1 coin to operate, (refundable).


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