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Gallery of Costume

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Address: Platt Hall Wilmslow Road | Platt Hall located in Platt Fields Park corner of Wilmslow Road and Platt Lane, Manchester M14 5LL, England
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+44 161 245 7245
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13:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Fri 13:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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One of the most outstanding collections of clothing and accessories in...

One of the most outstanding collections of clothing and accessories in Britain, housed in the elegant surroundings of Platt Hall in Platt Fields Park.

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Great short outing, especially on a wet day

On a wet Saturday morning, we noted the suggestions from other reviewers that this would be a good place for a family outing on a wet day. And they were right. This is a small... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Michelle S
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a wet Saturday morning, we noted the suggestions from other reviewers that this would be a good place for a family outing on a wet day. And they were right. This is a small gallery, but an easy place to spend a pleasant hour or so. The building itself is appealing; you can learn a little of the story... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great for all family morning out on a wet day in sunny manchester lol a great place for students of arts pleased we don't have to wear / dress like this anymore never get to a event on tim lol

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Thank Ronald W
Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The Platt house and the Gallery of Costume are nice but could have been better. The displays were interesting and informative but the glass displays are very reflective and there is not way to see the back of the costumes. Simply put a mirror in the back of the display! Same thing for the special exhibit of 20's and 30's... More 

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Thank cordyroy
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Very interesting collection of historical clothing, dating back to the 1600’s. 20th century clothing wing on the ground floor appears to be shut off at present, but there’s a temporary exhibition of fab groovy 60’s wear by Mary Quant. Free entry. Bit of a way out of the city centre, but worth it if you're interested in this kind of... More 

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Thank _slspillo
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I have been to the park many times previously on visits to the in laws but it is only recently that I have been inside due to the museum being closed. It is a real hidden gem and well worth a visit. A cultural afternoon spent in the Whitworth gallery nearby and an hour in the gallery of costume (although... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We liked this place, it's a hidden gem within the park. The kids loved seeing the different fashion styles and it was nice to do something different

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

As a fashion student, this was a must. It didn't disappoint. Not the best museum I've ever been to but certainly interesting. I love the history of fashion anyway so this was right up my street

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Manchester UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

The house itself was taken back to its original decor and has been carefully restored. I saw an exhibition of Schiaparelli gowns, including an outfit made for Wallis Simpson. A member of staff was very knowledgable about the collection and the displays around the house. A little cafe is open for those in need of a little refreshment.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Another free museum in Manchester. Just outside of city centre but a good bus route that droops you off right outside. Interesting permanent collection of fashion through the ages. Ladies craft group operate from here if I'm not mistaken once monthly on a Saturday. Ladies are very friendly and want to share their experiences. Don't bother with the cafe unless... More 

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Milton Keynes
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We were hoping to see a wonderful array of costumes but unfortunately the entire 20th century section is closed for most of this year, which was extremely disappointing.

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