The Royal Exchange Manchester
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Once the hub of the world’s cotton trade, The Royal Exchange Manchester is now an eclectic collection of luxury retailers, premium high street brands and best in class independent boutique shops playing a key role in Manchester’s thriving shopping and lifestyle culture.
Here you’ll find established brands such as Watches of Switzerland, French Connection, Swarovski, Molton Brown and more, along with smaller independent boutique shops including Lanigan & Hulme menswear, Jenny Jones jewellers and Astons of Manchester. The Royal Exchange Manchester is also home to the first UK store for Swedish outdoor brand Fjallraven.
Situated in the heart of the city looking out on to St Ann’s Square, The Royal Exchange Manchester is in close proximity to Manchester Arndale as well as luxury stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser, with many of Manchester’s hotels, restaurants and cafes nearby.
The city centre location makes it easily accessible, with Piccadilly Station and Victoria Station only a 10 minute walk away.
Whether it’s designer fashion, bespoke jewellery, beauty or gifts, The Royal Exchange Manchester has it all on one level.
In addition to shopping you’ll find Razor’s Edge hair salon in the Arcade, along with Alterations Boutique if you’re looking for a first-class alterations service. And If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city centre shopping there’s a choice of Annie’s tearoom (owned by Coronation Street’s Jenny McAlpine), Michael’s café or TGI Fridays for fun with friends and family.
This premium retail destination is a must for the itinerary for shopping trips and city breaks to Manchester; it is one of Manchester’s most iconic landmarks and is a big part of the city’s history. It was constructed in its current form between 1914 – 1921 and was officially opened by King George V and Queen Mary upon completion.
The building is also home to the much-loved Royal Exchange Theatre.
Arrive by tram
If travelling by Metrolink, the nearest stops are Market Street, St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square – each of these are less than ten minutes away on foot. There is a frequent and reliable tram service throughout the day and evening from Altrincham, Bury, East Didsbury, Eccles and MediaCityUK.
Arrive by bus
There are numerous bus stops within a five-minute walk of the Royal Exchange. The closest stops are Royal Exchange (Stop CX), Cross Street/Royal Exchange (Stop CW) and Market Street (Stop CZ) – these will drop you right outside.
The free city centre Metroshuttle 1 (orange route) also stops directly outside the Cross Street entrance, and the Metroshuttle 2 (green route) stops on Deansgate, just a couple of minutes from the St Ann’s Square entrance.
Arrive by train
The nearest train stations are Manchester Piccadilly (0.6 miles away), Manchester Oxford Road (0.7 miles away) and Manchester Victoria (0.3 miles away). Each station takes less than 15 minutes to walk, or just a few minutes by bus. The free Metroshuttle 1 (orange route) runs via Manchester Piccadilly and the Metroshuttle 2 (green route) runs via Oxford Road and Victoria stations.
Manchester Piccadilly provides intercity and cross-country services to national destinations, including London, Birmingham and Bristol. Manchester Victoria provides local and regional services across Northern England, and Manchester Oxford Road serves areas south of the city centre, as well as national destinations, including Liverpool and Sheffield.
Arrive by car
There are plenty of places to park within a 10-minute walk of the Royal Exchange, if you prefer to drive. These include Deansgate NCP multi-storey car park (where Blackfriars Street meets Parsonage), High Street multi-storey car park, (above the Arndale Centre) and Manchester Arena car park, next to Victoria station.
Arrive by taxi
Take a taxi from either St Mary’s Gate taxi rank or the Albert Square taxi rank, opposite the Town Hall.