Manchester/Victoria-Shopping District

Victoria-Shopping District covers the area in central Manchester north of Picadilly Gardens and east of Bridge St and Princess St, served by Manchester Victoria railway station. It covers the locales of the Millennium Quarter and St. Ann's Square as well as the multi-million pound Arndale shopping centre.

After the devastation of the 1996 IRA bombing, the area around Exchange Square has been completely redesigned and rebuilt as the Millennium Quarter. The square itself is a juxtaposition of Manchester's industrial heritage with the height of modern art and architecture. The ultra-modern Urbis centre stands side-by-side with the medieval Cathedral and the renovated Corn Exchange shopping centre, once Manchester's corn exchange.

St. Ann's Square is the centre of Manchester's main shopping district. It is usually packed with shoppers and usually the odd one or two street entertainers. The Council holds many events in the square, including specialist markets and musical events.

The Northern Quarter is located just north of the city centre. There are a great number of small shops. Independent retailers are the norm here, and this is the place to get Mancunian music, street wear, vinyl or body art. The area is very lively and has its unique character. It is not the kind of place normally on the list of tourists.

Get in

By bus

Manchester's secondary bus station, Shudehill, is located in this area and receives most services from the North of the city. Piccadilly Gardens, which receives nearly every bus in central Manchester is a 15 minute walk away.

By tram

This area has several stops on Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram system. Market Street, Shudehill and Victoria all serve this area, with the latter being located within the train station of the same name.

By train

Manchester Victoria is the city's second largest railway station and is served predominantly by services from the North of England. The area is also served by Salford Central railway station, which is closer to the city centre than its name might suggest.


Manchester Cathedral
Manchester's impressive Urbis centre (now the National Football Museum)



The Northern Quarter


The Northern Quarter


The Northern Quarter



Mid range



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