Group Tours

To make the most of your visit as a group, why not take one of our popular guided tours? We can book a tour guide on any day or time that suits your group when the gallery is open.

Free Introduction and Orientation

A short 20 minute introduction to the building and the collection, providing all the practical information you will need as well as an overview of current exhibitions and ways to get more involved.

Highlights tour

A one hour tour introducing the gallery and the gems of the art collection. Our team of trained volunteer guides are all knowledgeable and friendly and will ensure that you enjoy your visit to the gallery.

If your group is small (i.e. less than 10 in number) then you could join one of our free public tours held every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 2 - 3pm. For larger groups you will need to book a tour guide for your group.

Custom-made tours for community groups

We can tailor your visit to Manchester Art Gallery to suit your needs and interests. Discover the ideas and stories behind the artworks and talk about them with a friendly member of staff from our learning team. This is your gallery and you don’t need to know anything about art or have any special artistic skill to enjoy a visit. This tour is specially designed for groups that have never visited the gallery before. We can provide this tour free of charge for some Manchester based community groups. 

Exhibition tours

For some exhibitions we can provide a short introduction or a 1 hour tour.

Specific interest tours

If your group has a very specific interest area, then do get in touch and we will see if we can accommodate your interests.


Entry to the gallery is free

20 minute introduction  FREE, booking necessary

1 hour tour with a trained volunteer guide £80 minimum charge


All group visits must be booked in advance. Please give us at least 2 weeks notice if you require a guide. Contact us.

0161 2358878

Confirmation of numbers is needed two weeks prior to the visit. For security reasons and for your maximum enjoyment, we recommend that you limit your group to 20 people. Larger groups can be accommodated, but may need to be split into two.

"It was the best guided art tour I had been on! I enjoyed Nirvana's tour as she didn't take it too seriously, made us laugh, and explained the paintings in ways we could understand."

"The talk set the scene and context of the art works in an inclusive and user-friendly way. Our group’s pleasure was much enhanced! "

Frequently asked Questions

Can I pre-book teas and coffees and lunches?

For all your catering requirements please talk to our catering manager Ross Twiname.

TeL: 0161 235 8835

Our group are coming by coach, where can it park?

The coach drop of point is at the groups' entrance on Princess Street. For details of places for longer stay parking please consult Coach Parking in Manchester

Some of our group have access needs, what are your facilities?

Manchester Art Gallery is fully accessible. There is lift access to all part of the building, plenty of seats and portable stools for use in the gallery spaces. We can offer BSL interpretation and audio description.  Please have a long at our Access page to find out more.

Gallery Cafe

Visitor enjoying a drink in the gallery cafe

Visit our award-winning cafe with your group.

Gallery Shop

Winter scarves

Don't forget to build in time to visit our great shop for some special souvenirs of your visit.