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  • Unusual Venues in Manchester - Imperial War Museum North
    Trafford ParkImperial War Museum North500 People

    Impressive event space at one of Manchester's most illustrious venues for Christmas Parties. It features the 360° Big Picture Show which can transform the area to suit a limitless variety of themes or to screen short films. The experienced in-house events team can organise guided gallery tours as well as delicious dinners, drinks or canapé platters to complement and enhance all events from birthday parties, to anniversaries, award ceremonies, drinks receptions, wedding receptions and special social gatherings.

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  • Unusual Venues in Manchester - Islington Mill
    SalfordIslington Mill250 People

    The 5th Floor boasts a huge open space perfect for for birthday parties, Christmas parties, corporate events and also dry hire events.

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  • Unusual Venues in Manchester - Salford Museum and Art Gallery

    Meet us at Larkhill Place for an unforgettable experience of a cobbled Victorian street at dusk. Enjoy drinks beneath the street lamps, peer into the windows of the local shops, and soak up the history in Salford's most atmospheric and unique venue. Larkhill Place makes a fantastic venue to kick-off a lovely evening, before heading upstairs to our Galleries for private dining.

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  • Unusual Venues in Manchester - Science and Industry Museum
    DeansgateScience and Industry Museum250 People

    The Power Hall is a fantastic venue in Manchester which is available to hire for a range of events from a dramatic birthday party, to a prestigious corporate celebration, private dinner, gala, banquet Christmas or Summer party. It is home to one of the world's largest locomotive and steam mill engine collections. Explainers can be booked to operate the machines and engines to impress guests upon their arrival.

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  • Unusual Venues in Manchester - National Football Museum
    Manchester City CentreNational Football Museum400 People

    **New: We can now host daytime conferences for up to 200 guests Monday to Wednesday. The Pitch Gallery offers the perfect setting for parties, drinks receptions, and large dinners. Be inspired by the football memorabilia drawn from the largest collection in the country, or wow your guests with state-of-the-art technology and sound facilities. We can offer tours of the museum as part of the package and our in-house catering team offer delicious bespoke catering packages, served in this light and airy space.

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  • Unusual Venues in Manchester - Victoria Warehouse
    ManchesterVictoria Warehouse 6750 People

    Victoria Warehouse is one of Manchester's most unique and versatile events venues. Built in the early 1900s, it has been lovingly restored and remains a symbol of Manchester's industrial prowess. The site is made up of the main events space, which includes three separate rooms and a VIP mezzanine area, and the Victoria Warehouse Hotel, featuring the Bistro, Boardroom, Spa, 35 hotel rooms, and our new events space, The Bays. Victoria Warehouse is a canvas of unlimited potential, and is seamlessly able to cater for both corprorate and creative requirements - We Are What You Make Us

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  • Unusual Venues in Manchester - Black Milk Cereal Dive
    Northern QuarterBlack Milk Cereal Dive20 People

    Situated in the iconic Afflecks Palace, Black Milk Cereal Dive is a versatile and dynamic space. This venue is ideal for those looking to host an event in an informal and cool location. The space can easily seat 20 guests around multiple tables. The menu offers cereal served up in a number of ways. You can order single, double or triple sized bowls - able to add an extra type of cereal as you go up a size, plus there's an extensive drinks menu.

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  • Unusual Venues in Manchester - Concorde Conference Centre
    AltrinchamConcorde Conference Centre600 People

    The Hangar offers a unique opportunity to hold your event directly under the wings of the world world-famous Concorde. This, coupled with our exceptional hospitality, ensures your event will live long in the memory of your guests. Concorde G-BOAC, flagship of the British Airways fleet and aviation legend, takes pride of place inside the purpose-built super hangar. While you're on site, impress your guests with a trip on board and get a real taste of what it was like to fly faster than a bullet...and in the lap of luxury.

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  • Unusual Venues in Manchester - The Monastery Manchester
    GortonThe Monastery Manchester650 People

    The Great Nave at The Monastery Manchester is a large, beautiful space that’s also very functional and flexible, catering for a wide range of events including Christmas parties, private dining, banqueting or large-scale drinks receptions. This spectacular piece of ecclesiastical architecture has been restored to its former glory. The room can accommodate 450 guests in a banqueting style, or 320 people in a cabaret style.

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  • Unusual Venues in Manchester - Islington Mill
    SalfordIslington Mill200 People

    The beautiful Courtyard at the Islington Mill surrounds you with flowers and greenery with wooden benches for seating. This picturesque setting is a fantastic outdoor space, sure to add a tonnes of character for any drinks receptions, garden parties, birthday parties, corporate events and Christmas Parties.

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Why are unusual venues popular?

There are a few reasons for why unusual venues have become popular in recent years. For one, they provide a unique experience that can really make an event stand out. Unusual venues can provide a sense of excitement and help to make an event more memorable. Top unique venues can also be more affordable than traditional venues, and they're often located in central or easily accessible areas.

Manchester is a city with no shortage of unusual venues in Manchester. From converted warehouses to former prisons, there are plenty of unique spaces to choose from. Whether you're looking for something quirky, industrial or even just a blank canvas, there's sure to be a venue that fits your needs.

What kind of unusual venues can I find in Manchester?

There are all sorts of unusual venues in Manchester that would be perfect for events. From converted warehouses to underground tunnels, there is sure to be a venue that fits your event's needs.

There are a few reasons why Manchester is a great city for events. First, it is a very accessible location in the UK, making it easy to get to from anywhere in the country and further afield thanks to its train stations and nearby airport. Second, Manchester has a lot to offer in terms of venues and events spaces, so you're sure to find something that suits your needs. And finally, the city has a great atmosphere - perfect for networking and meeting new people. So if you're looking for an unusual venue for your next event, Manchester is definitely worth considering!

What kind of events do unusual venues work best for?

There's no one answer to this question - unique venues can work well for all kinds of events. But one thing’s for sure, there's no doubt that events held in unusual venues are often talked about long after they've ended. Hiring unusual spaces can make your event truly memorable, and ensure that it stands out from the rest. But what kind of events are best suited to an unconventional setting?

One type of event that benefits greatly from being held in an unusual venue is a corporate event such as a conference or exhibition. If you want to impress potential clients or reward hard-working employees, holding your event in an atypical space will do just that.

It shows that you're thinking outside the box and willing to take risks - two qualities that any successful business needs. Another great option for unusual venues is parties or weddings. If you're looking for a unique setting to celebrate your big day, an unconventional venue could be perfect. Whether you're looking for something quirky or elegant, there's sure to be an unusual venue out there that will fit your needs.

So if you're planning an event and want to ensure that it's one to remember, consider hiring an unique venue. There's no limit to the types of events that can benefit from a little bit of ingenuity. Browse our full range of unusual venues for some inspiration!

What to consider when choosing an unusual venue for an event

There are a few key factors to consider when choosing unique venue spaces for your corporate events:

  • Budget: How much are you willing to spend on the venue? Have you accounted for all the other costs you’ll need to address eg catering, branding, and AV?
  • Location: Is the venue easy to find and accessible for your guests? Is it close to train stations or an airport? Is there parking?
  • Capacity: How many guests will you be able to accommodate at the venue? Will it look empty if you get high drop out numbers?
  • Amenities: Does the venue have all the amenities you need for your event (e.g. kitchen, stage, audio/visual equipment)? Is it a dry hire venue where you can bring in your own suppliers, or is everything provided by the venue? Does it have the right technology needed for your event, particularly if it’s a hybrid event? What additional spaces could you utilise?
  • Atmosphere: what kind of atmosphere do you want for your event? Will you be able to theme it how you want or are there restrictions?

Once you've considered all of these factors, you'll be able to narrow down your search and find the perfect backdrop. If you’re unsure on the right questions to ask, we can help! Get in touch with your event brief and we’ll take care of the search for you.

How much does an unusual venue cost in Manchester?

This really depends on what you're looking for and what's important to you. Different venues have different price points, so it's important to shop around and compare options before making a decision. Keep in mind that the venue you choose can make or break your event, so it's worth investing the time and effort to find the perfect space.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when budgeting for an unusual venue in Manchester:

The size of the venue

The larger the venue, the more it will cost, so the event type you choose will drastically impact the price. Keep your guest list in mind when choosing a space.

The location

If you want a central location, be prepared to pay more. Many off-beat venues are located in less desirable areas, which can help to keep costs down.

The amenities

If you need a venue that comes equipped with everything you need for your event, you'll likely have to pay more. Basic venues may not have all the bells and whistles, but they can be just as effective (and cost-effective).

The reputation

If you're looking for a truly unique venue, be prepared to pay a premium. Famous venues command higher prices, but they also come with the added benefit of prestige. Ultimately, the cost of an unusual venue in Manchester will vary depending on your specific needs and wants. By taking the time to compare options and find the perfect space for your event, you can ensure that you get the most bang for your buck.

Best unusual venues in Manchester

If you're looking to hire an unusual venue in Manchester, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you're looking for an industrial space, a converted warehouse or something completely unique, this Northern city has it all. Here are some of our top unusual venues:

Concorde Conference Centre

This unique space offers a fascinating backdrop for all kinds of events. The Concorde Hangar is great for large scale events for 700 people, such as award ceremonies, product launches and conferences. Who wouldn’t want to see the iconic Concorde in the flesh?! Bespoke AV and lighting cement this venue as a great choice and add an extra dimension.

Black Milk Northern Quarter

This quirky cafe in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter offers a versatile and unique space for up to 40 guests. We think a pop up event, drinks reception or brand activation would work well here.

The Monastery

The monastery is a magnificent space which has been lovingly restored as a stunning location for all kinds of occasions. This beautiful gothic Nave is flexible in its amenities and works well for gala dinners or conferences. Also very accessible to the city centre and the rest of the UK.

Imperial War Museum North

Packed full of history, why not host your event in an iconic and award winning venue? The main space can welcome 500 for a reception and is a lovely space for all kinds of events from private dining to private parties. Plus, it boasts a 360 degree ‘Big Picture Show’ which can transform the space with your choice of theme. You can even screen a short film to really make a lasting impression!

The Lowry

This multi-purpose arts centre is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Greater Manchester. This theatre hosts all sorts of productions and would work well for a range of events from dinners to conferences to even a private party. With seating for 1730 guests, the possibilities are endless at this perfect venue!

How do I find an unusual space in Manchester?

Our team of venue experts are on hand to help you find the perfect space for your event, no matter how unusual it may be. We have a wide range of unique and quirky venues across Manchester, from hidden bars and underground clubs to abandoned warehouses and converted railways stations. Whatever your event requirements, we can help you find the perfect setting. To get started, simply tell us what you're looking for and our free venue search tool will do the rest.

Alternatively, feel free to browse through our collection of unusual venues in Manchester for some inspiration. If you need a bit more guidance, then simply get in touch with our events experts who will be more than happy to assist you.

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About Unusual Venues in Manchester

When you're looking for an unusual venue, everything quickly becomes quite samey. But Manchester really turns up trump when it comes to quirky and different spaces.

We’ve put together a list of our favourite unusual event venues in the city. From secret speakeasies to disguised dive bars, Manchester has plenty of venues that will keep your guests talking about your event for years to come. Hire Space know that the venue is the start of a memorable event.

If you’re looking for something even further off the radar, get in touch with us for our super-secret Manchester venues - the kind you won’t see on a list! You can enquire at venues through their Hire Space profile to receive quick quotes and availability, or use the button below to receive tailored venue suggestions from our experienced team. Venue finding has never been simpler.

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