Creative North 2019: The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

It’s hard to find a more central location than Manchester’s Grade II listed Royal Exchange. 

Creative North will take place inside The Royal Exchange’s heptagonal steel and glass theatre in the round: a self-contained, 150-tonne module suspended from the Royal Exchange’s central dome.


Getting to the Royal Exchange Theatre

Surrounded by transport links, the Royal Exchange is easy to reach by train, tram and bus. There’s also plenty of parking nearby.

The theatre has two entrances - one on Cross Street, and another on St Ann’s Square, which is wheelchair accessible and has a lift. 

Metrolink / Tram

The nearest Metrolink stops to the Royal Exchange are:

  • Market Street

  • St Peter’s Square

  • Exchange Square

These three stops are all within 10 minutes walking distance from the theatre. Trams run into and out of the city centre regularly, from Altrincham, Bury, East Didsbury, Eccles and MediaCityUK.

View Metrolink timetables and route planner


The Royal Exchange Theatre is served by a number of buses, including the city centre circular Free Bus.

- Free Bus 1 (pink route) stops outside the Cross Street entrance

- Free Bus 2 (blue route) stops on Deansgate - a two-minute walk from the St Ann’s Square entrance.

View the Free Bus timetables and routes


The Royal Exchange Theatre is a 15-minute walk from:

  • Manchester Piccadilly

  • Manchester Oxford Road

  • Manchester Victoria

  • Manchester Deansgate

All of these stations, and Salford Central, are served by the Manchester Free Bus service, although please note the Manchester Victoria stop is located on Victoria Station Approach, not within the station itself.


The two closest taxi ranks to the Royal Exchange Theatre are located on:

  • St Mary’s Gate

  • Albert Square

These taxi ranks are approximately five minutes on foot from the theatre.

Local parking

There are more than 3,000 parking spaces within a 10-minute walk of the theatre, although please be aware they can be hard to find on a Friday.

  • Q-Park Deansgate: up to 10 hours parking for the discounted rate of £6 (tickets should be validated at the theatre box office)

  • High Street: 1450-space multi-storey above the Arndale Centre

  • Manchester Arena: 1000-space car park

There are a number of disabled parking bays close to the theatre. Again, these are limited in number.

From Manchester Airport

If you’re flying in, there are a range of options for travelling into town.

There are direct trains from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly, and trams run directly from the airport to just outside the city centre, where you can change for a short tram ride to any of the Royal Exchange Theatre’s three closest stops:

  • Market Street

  • St Peter’s Square

  • Exchange Square

You can expect a taxi from the airport to cost around £30 for a single journey.

Staying Overnight?

If you’re coming from further afield, the chances are you’ll want to stay over the night before the conference.

Manchester’s got dozens of hotels, but we’ve partnered with Marketing Manchester to secure some exclusive rates (and reserve a host of rooms) at some of the best city centre locations. To book your room, all you need to do is visit our Accommodation Portal.

We’ve reserved rooms for Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night - so why not make a long weekend out of it?

Royal Exchange Theatre address:

St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH.