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IWM North Events

A multi-award-winning venue close to Manchester city centre, Imperial War Museum North (IWM North) events boast an iconic landmark available for daytime occasions and exclusive evening hire. You can dine, present, and hold conferences or exhibitions in its dramatic spaces.

The award-winning architecture by Daniel Libeskind creates a unique and inspirational atmosphere no matter what your event plans are. Meanwhile, all IWM North events will feature world-class catering and corporate hospitality, facilitated by the in-house team.

IWM North Events Spaces

Between the likes of the Exhibition Space and the Watershard areas, you have everything you need at IWM North to host any kind of large or small event in a corporate or private setting.

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    • Main Exhibition Space Iwm North Dinner 32994904998 O

    Main Exhibition Space

    Capacity: 500

    Exceptional space with industry-leading audiovisual – perfect for impressive conferences, exhibitions and product launches. Evening hire only.

    • Bar
    • PA System
    • Stage & Screen
    • Harrier Area Iwm North 46818247902 O

    Harrier Area

    Capacity: 300

    Unique space that features a suspended Harrier jump jet. Ideal for receptions for up to 300 and dinners for up to 70.

    • LCD Projector
    • PA System
    • Bar
    • Watershard Event Space Iwm North 46818240432 O

    Watershard (1, 2 & 3)

    Capacity: 186

    Diverse space with state-of-the-art audiovisual for presentations or seminars. Can be divided into three rooms, creating ideal conference breakout spaces.

    • PA System
    • LCD Projector
    • Lecturn

Capacity at a Glance

Event Space Reception Theatre Boardroom UShape Dinner / Dance Cab Lunch / Dinner Max Capacity
Main Exhibition Space 500 220 - - 300 - 300 500
Harrier Area 300 - - - 60 80 80 300
Watershard (1, 2 & 3) 146 120 34 50 70 80 100 186


IWM North events are ideally located for delegates across the region. The presence of free parking for 160 cars is a rarity for a location so close to Manchester city centre.


  • Trafford Park 1.1 Miles
  • M602 JCT 3 0.9 Miles
  • Parking: Onsite (160 spaces)
  • Manchester Airport 7.5 Miles
  • Nearest electric car charging: Lowry multi story car park M50 3UB 0.4 miles


The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 1TZ

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    This venue is a member of beam, formerly the HBAA, meaning quality assurance for event bookers. It champions best practice, ethical working and sound commercial judgement.

  • MIA

    This venue is accredited by The Meetings Industry Association (mia), providing each of its clients with the assurance of excellence in business meetings and events across service, safety, health and responsibility.

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    All of our venues have been allocated Venue Directory’s Green Accreditation. Having this Green Accreditation demonstrates all of our venue’s commitment to sustainability, allowing you to book with confidence that it will be as environmentally friendly as possible and with the assurance that our venues are a greener choice for your event.

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Meeting rooms

Host everything from training sessions to team lunches at the Imperial War Museum North meeting rooms, supported by state-of-the-art audiovisual and with an inspiring backdrop of historical artefacts.

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Conference rooms

IWM North events venue is one of the most unique for conferences in Manchester.

A particularly stunning feature of the Imperial War Museum North conference rooms is the 360° Big Picture Show, which can create a stunning backdrop and digital wallpapers to complement and enhance conferences, seminars, presentations and lectures.

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Catering for IWM North Events

Restaurant Associates

Restaurant Associates are proud to work with some of the UK’s most iconic and unique venues, from Tudor castles to contemporary art galleries. Their food philosophy is underpinned by their commitment to championing sustainability through seasonal menus and ethically sourced British produce. They deliver everything from intimate receptions to grand dinners, parties, exhibitions, conferences and meetings, and believe in making every event extraordinary.  

Find out more: www.restaurantassociates.co.uk

Iwm North Holiday Inn


Nearby accommodation

The Holiday Inn Express Manchester is based at EventCity and offers 220 ensuite air-conditioned bedrooms with free Wi-Fi, electric car charging spaces and an onsite mini gym. No matter the reason for your visit to IWM North, the Holiday Inn Express will offer a comfortable and welcoming stay perfectly located close to the venue along with other popular attractions and amenities.

It also has fabulous road links which are easily accessible from the M6, M62, M56 and M60, making us the ideal stop off no matter where you are travelling from.


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This venue recognises the risks posed to the planet from climate change and the consequences of this change being felt by people all around the world. That is why they operate a Meetings For Change promise: 

  • We believe in using fresh, seasonal products

    We aim for 80% of the ingredients on our menus to be British grown. All the chicken and milk we serve is Red Tractor assured. 

  • We believe in the power of plants

    We offer plant-forward menus, with a choice of great-tasting alternative proteins. 

  • We believe in zero waste 

    Whatever we’re cooking for your meeting or event, our approach is root-to-stem, nose-to-tail. We use recycled and reusable packaging wherever we can. 

  • We believe in ethical sourcing 

    Our teas and coffees come from responsible suppliers. Our chocolate is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified. 

  • We believe in protecting our planet 

    Our climate promise is to reach Net Zero by 2030.  In addition, this venue has further sustainable priorities. Please contact a venue expert for more information.