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Want to cut down on costs by providing your own catering? These dry hire venues in Manchester are ideal for memorable events on a budget.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - Revolution Parsonage Gardens
    Revolution Parsonage Gardens12 People

    The Snug is a beautiful and intimate room, perfect for small company meetings, training days, presentations, private dining or a work space away from the office. Try something different and stray away from your conventional meeting room, The Snug is fully equipped with AV and bursting with natural day light and plenty of character. Room hire and DDR options are available, the team can work with you to create a package suited to your meeting and offering value for money.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - Footlights House
    Mediacity UKFootlights House300 People

    We are very close to Media City UK and have free parking! We offer a beautiful performance or rehearsal space, perfect for all events and exhibitions to. If you are looking for a space to accommodate a lot of performers then look no further. You may be an Arts Centre, a Drama school, a university or a professional company - then Footlights House is definitely for you. Why not come and view us - for venue hire Manchester and venue hire Media City - we are number one.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - fivefourstudios
    salfordfivefourstudios120 People

    fivefour's largest studio - the perfect blank canvas for any event. a 220sqm drive-in studio with double doors leading to the private car park and outside area. the studio has access to a private lounge and the bar. studios one and two are linked to create a larger event space if required.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - EventCity Limited
    TraffordCityEventCity Limited4500 People

    Wow your guests with this stunning space that is perfect for awards ceremonies, dinners, fashion shows and more. Our technical manager will help you make the most of our state of the art facilities, including LED lighting/trusses, black draping (with optional star cloth), and first-class sound system. With a private entrance, and enough space to cater for 3,5000 delegates for a gala dinner, Event City's Hall 4 is the space for unforgettable events.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - Gusto Restaurant and Bar Manchester
    SpinningfieldsGusto Restaurant and Bar Manchester400 People

    The mezzanine level is ideal for most events- we've hosted fashion shows, art exhibitions and even a pop up casino. Our dedicated events manager can work with you to ensure we have the correct layout for your event. Whole venue hire is available on a minimum spend basis

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - The Sheridan
    The Sheridan2500 People

    The Sheridan Suite provides a blank canvas of 2300sqm, which has a flexible capacity allowing for optimum creativity for a range of party sizes. We have our very own in-house catering team who have thoughtfully crafted menus using the very best authentically sourced ingredients. We pride ourselves on our knowledge and creativity, specialising in bespoke dining experiences for all occasions.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - Brickhouse Social
    Oxford Road Brickhouse Social 350 People

    Our underground event space is a quirky, multi-functional private hire area that can cater for large groups for all variety of events. Whether it be a birthday party, corporate event, Christmas party or something a little bit different; Xolo is a great space to hold your event. Underdog has a considerable bar area with an extensive selection of beers, spirits and cocktails. The club has a modern Funktion One soundsystem and DJ booth. Buffet options available. It also comes with a spacious seating and booth area for those that want to take a break from dancing!

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - Mercure Manchester Piccadilly
    Manchester PiccadillyMercure Manchester Piccadilly1000 People

    Imagine your wedding reception under the splendour of the International Suite's stunning chandeliers. Our wedding planner service and special packages make us one of Manchester's most desirable Asian wedding venues. Use our amazing facilities with your own caterers for ultimate flexibility. Highlights include: -Dedicated Wedding Planner -Hire of the Suite from 7am - midnight -52 tables of 10 with dance floor -Red carpet arrival -Crockery, cutlery & glassware -White table linen & White paper napkins -Complimentary room for Bride & Groom - Bar Hire Options

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - !Audacious Conferencing

    Our caterers, Ace Bars & Catering, are a leading North West based mobile bar and catering company. They provide our venue with event catering and mobile hire for a host of provate and corporate dinners within our facility. Our caterers work ethos is based on passion, perfection and attention to detail. The executive chef, Anthony, has an extensive background in the catering industry, working in top class resturants to 5 star hotels across the UK. We can host a private intimate dinner for 20 up to a larger dining event for 600.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - ABode Manchester
    Piccadilly ABode Manchester40 People

    A unique space situated on the lower level of a Grade II listed building our EVA suite is suitable for most meeting requirements. We offer all layout styles and dependent on availability we will also include equipment hire into our room hire rates free of charge. Fresh tea and coffee with home made biscuits is a popular option with most of our bookers and our working buffet lunches come highly reccomended.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - King Street Townhouse
    King Street Conservation AreaKing Street Townhouse150 People

    The heated South Terrace is shielded by an overhead canopy and two-way facing fire. You may enjoy yourself here on the comfortable alfresco furniture. From here, you can enjoy a splendid view of the spires and clock tower of the Manchester Town Hall, and take in the amazing architecture and city skyline. This charismatic view can tell you so much about the city's history and development. This venue is available for private hire, ideal to host meetings, training, workshops and conferences.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - Dog Bowl
    Oxford RdDog Bowl180 People

    Our New York style bowling alley, bar and diner is now available to hire exclusively for all events! Whether it be a birthday party, Christmas, corporate event, networking or something a bit different - if you want an unusual and memorable venue Dog Bowl is the place for you! When booking for private hire at Dog bowl you get exclusive use of all five ten-pin bowling alleys, arcade area, restaurant and the bar area. Dog Bowl has full DJ facilities and a surround sound music system - our resident DJs are also available to hire. Bespoke buffet package meals are available to pre-order.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - The Crystal Maze Manchester
    DeansgateThe Crystal Maze Manchester150 People

    The exclusive event space is located hidden within the maze and has its own private entrance. From minimum numbers of 32 all the way up to 120 we are the perfect venue with a bit of character! If you are interested in having your event in somewhere with abit of history then why not take a walk down the old coronation street cobbles and use the event space that is now inside everyone's favourite 90s TV show, They crystal Maze.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - The Federation
    The Federation220 People

    Purpose built with collaboration at its core, The Federation offers a number of flexible spaces for people to meet and share. We pride ourselves on being a fully accessible venue. From laid back spaces ideal for tech or board meetings to small conferences & hackathons. Each space is a vibrant mix of urban textures and pops of colour in a building rich with Manchester heritage. Our spaces are dry-hire and blank canvases that can be what you need them to be. Our team team will work with you to create an event that works for you.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - Bridge 5 Mill
    AncoatsBridge 5 Mill100 People

    Located on the top story of Bridge 5 Mill, The Conference Floor's high oak beamed ceiling, exposed red brick walls and wooden floors combine to create a wonderfully warm and inviting environment. With a standing capacity of 100 and 80 in cabaret set up, the Conference Floor is guaranteed to provide a beautiful backdrop and atmosphere for conferences, training workshops, staff away days, networking sessions, film nights and corporate events. (Please note we are not currently taking bookings for wedding receptions)

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  • Dry Hire Venues in Manchester - Black Milk Northern Quarter
    Northern QuarterBlack Milk Northern Quarter40 People

    Manchester's quirkyiest cafe is now available for private hire

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What is a dry hire venue and why should I use one?

A dry hire venue is an event space that is rented out without any additional services, staff, or other elements needed for events such as catering, branding, AV or furniture. They are completely blank canvas spaces that allow personalisation and the ability to be creative over the event style. This type of venue is popular among event planners because it provides more flexibility and control over the event. Many top dry hire venues also offer the space on an all inclusive basis too, so it’s really up to you on how much or little is included in your package. Dry hire venues in Manchester can be found in a variety of locations, such as hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs and make great options for events of all kinds.

What are the pros and cons of hiring a dry hire venue?

There are a range of pros and cons to hiring a dry hire venue in central Manchester.

Some benefits include: The main benefit of a dry hire venue is that you can control every element of your event and make it completely bespoke to you and your event needs, such as using your own catering. You are not tied to a specific caterer or supplier, so you can choose who you want to work with to create your perfect event.

Dry hire can often be a good option if you’re on a budget, as you’ll be able to negotiate your own deals with suppliers to reduce costs. If you’re event budget isn’t huge and you need some help with venue and supplier sourcing, our event experts at Hire Space 360 will take care of all of that for you, as well as negotiating the best rates.

Depending on the type of event you’re planning, dry hire can work well to create unique experiences for your guests. We like dry hire for events like large conferences and exhibitions, pop ups, brand activations and even parties.

Some cons of dry hire venues include: The event organisers will be responsible for everything from set-up to clean-up, which can be time-consuming and stressful. Also, you’ll have to source every single supplier you need, which can be quite overwhelming and you won’t have access to tried-and-tested suppliers that already work with all-inclusive venues.

Although it can be cheaper to do things yourself, dry hire isn’t always the cheapest option. Costs may add up and go unaccounted for, meaning the budget can easily exceed its limit. There may be additional costs for things like furniture rental, security, and insurance too.

It can also be difficult to find a dry hire venue that is the perfect size and has the right facilities for your event.

Check out our dedicated piece on dry hire vs wet hire for more guidance on the best option to choose for your event type and objectives.

Is Manchester a good place to hold events?

Manchester is a great city for events, with a variety of venues to suit all budgets and tastes. From large conference centres to smaller, more intimate rooms, there is something to suit every event in Manchester from a corporate event to parties, even weddings!

When choosing a venue for your event, it is important to consider the type of event you are holding, as well as the budget you have available. Location is also key, and Manchester has a range of different areas to explore, from the city centre to the suburbs. There are also a number of events held in the surrounding areas, such as Salford and Trafford. Manchester has great transport options connecting to London and the rest of the UK, so your guests will have no trouble getting to your event.

If you are looking for the perfect space to hold your event in Manchester, then Hire Space can help! We have a wide range of dry hire venues available to hire in Manchester, and our team can help you find the perfect space for your event. Contact us today to find out more!

How much does it cost to hire a dry hire venue in Manchester?

The cost of hiring a dry hire venue in Manchester will depend on the type of event you are hosting, the location of the venue, and the size of the space. Prices can range from £250 to £2000 per day. Compared to other cities in the UK like London, Manchester is a relatively well-priced city for events.

It’s important to consider the type of event you are hosting, as this will determine the size and layout of the space you need. You should also consider the number of guests you are inviting, as this will impact the capacity of the venue. Additionally, think about your budget and what amenities you require from your venue.

Best dry hire venues in Manchester

Manchester has a wide range of exciting event venues that can cater to all tastes and budgets. Here are a few of our favourites!

Bridge 5 Mill

Located just outside Manchester City Centre in Ancoats, this rustic renovated mill is home to unique event spaces with a huge focus on sustainability. Their Conference Floor is a great example of a unique dry hire space perfect for adding your own spin, and can accommodate up to 100 attendees.


This unique space in Salford is a studio blank canvas space perfect for a pop up, fashion show, or even quirky conference. The space offers drive-in access, a private car park and outside area, as well as professional catering facilities. You can hold an event for up to 120 guests here.

The Federation

Located in the centre of Manchester, this historic building offers a variety of flexible spaces for events available on a dry hire basis. Easily accessible by public transport and packed full of colours and textures, this venue is proud to say that it was purpose built with ‘collaboration at its core’ - the perfect environment to let your creativity run wild! The largest dry hire space in this venue can accommodate 220 guests.

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Something a little different, this cafe in the heart of the Northern Quarter is a great little dry hire spot for small meetings, brainstorming sessions, away days and even pop ups. Able to welcome 40 guests, this venue is a flexible, unique space for a small low key event.

Brickhouse Social

Brickhouse Social is a special dry hire venue perfect for creative events such as brand activations, parties, product launches, and even fashion shows. This underground club near Deansgate can accommodate 350 guests and makes the perfect choice for a unique, effortlessly cool event.

Abode Manchester

Located in the city centre, Abode is a stunning space for up to 40 guests to enjoy a sophisticated setting at your event. Available on a dry hire basis, this plush brasserie is sure to impress.

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly

One of Manchester’s largest event spaces, the Mercure can accommodate up to 1000 guests and is available to hire on a dry hire basis. Perfect for award ceremonies, conferences and parties, this venue is a stones throw from the main city train station and is an impressive backdrop for a large event.

Things to consider when searching for top dry hire venues in Manchester

Here are some things to consider when choosing a dry hire venue for your event in Manchester:

  • The type of event you are hosting: A corporate away day will have different requirements from a wedding reception, so it's important to choose a venue that is suitable and offers the perfect setting for your event.
  • The number of guests you are expecting: Make sure the venue can comfortably accommodate your expected number of guests.
  • The budget you have to work with: A dry hire venue can be a more affordable option than hiring a wet-hire or all inclusive venue, but it's still important to compare prices and get the best value for your money. Don't forget to factor in things like catering, entertainment and decoration costs when deciding on your budget.
  • The location of the venue: Choose a venue that is easy to get to for your guests, and consider the surrounding area when choosing a location to host in.
  • The facilities at the venue: Make sure the venue has everything you need for your event, including adequate parking, disabled access, and catering facilities. Help your guests stay connected during the event - don't forget wifi!
  • Access: Make sure you know what time you'll be able to access the site and how long you'll have to set up.

There you have it! Our guide to dry hire venues in Manchester. For more information or for some help with planning your event, get in touch with our event experts today and see how we can help! You can also check out our comprehensive venue finding guide for more guidance.

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About Dry Hire Venues in Manchester

For those in search of a venue with individuality, these dry hire venues in Manchester are for you. We understand that sometimes, hosts want more of a blank canvas to work with, and make the event your own. That's why we've created a list of our top dry hire venues for you. You can throw an exciting and unique event that is entirely your own, as all these venues offer both the flexibility and space you need.

If you see a venue and it is love at first sight, then book directly with the company through our website. It's really that simple to host your dream, unique event with one of our dry hire venues in Manchester.

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