The Barnes Wallis building is very easy to get to, both by public transport or by car

By Public Transport

To see how to reach the exhibition from the two principal train stations in Manchester, click on the video below…

To download a .pdf file containing a map and a written description of how to reach the venue from Piccadilly train station click here: Arriving at BW by train

To download a map and details of how to reach the venue by bus or tram, (including the Park & Ride scheme) click here: Arriving at BW by tram or bus

By Road

If you use a SatNav, please use the postcode M1 3BB which will take you to the venue’s own multi-story carpark.

To download a map and details of how to reach the venue by car, click here: Arriving at BW by road

To see how to reach the Barnes Wallis building by car, choose one of these three videos:

From the south and from Wales


From Liverpool, the west and north-west.

There are major roadworks which effect the route into Manchester from the M602.  For more information visit


From the north, Yorkshire, and the east.

All videos on this page filmed and edited by Colin Robinson © 2015

If approaching the venue from the A57(M) note that the building which bridges the road in the video has now been demolished, leaving the tower block on the left hand side of the road.  A new replacement building has been erected on the right hand side of the road.

The surface car park opposite the Lass o’Gowrie pub has now been closed for redevelopment.  The multi-storey car park is unaffected and remains open.

By Air

On arrival at Manchester International Airport follow the signs for the train station.  There are four trains per hour to Manchester Piccadilly and the journey time varies between13 and 25 minutes.  It is also possible to take a tram from the airport to Piccadilly station.  These run every 12 minutes, but the journey time is 55 minutes and you will have to change at Cornbrook or Deansgate-Castlefield.

Disabled Access

The Barnes Wallis building has very good access for wheelchair users.  To download a document giving a detailed description of the access and facilities for wheelchair users, please click here:  Disabled access at BW

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