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“A very interesting and well made selection of work.”

Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Ranked #8 of 52 Shopping in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Manchester Craft and Design Centre is set in the heart of the Northern Qtr. This former victorian fish market now houses 26 Boutique shops/studios. The cream of the norths artists and crafts people make and sell their unique and original products in house. Original paintings, ceramics, jewellery, lighting, furniture, gift cards, baby clothing, bags, scarves, textiles, printed canvas's are all available to buy direct from the maker. See the artists at work, commission a special piece or simply soak up the creative atmosphere over a fantastic cup of coffee and homemade cake...mmmmm Open to the public 10am-5.30pm Mondays to Saturdays.Special late nights on thursdays and open Sundays trough December.
Sydney
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“A very interesting and well made selection of work.”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

The craft and design centre is situated close to the centre of the city in an old building that has been renovated to provide individual shops and studio spaces for craftspeople. There is quite a range of work available for sale, from jewellery to ceramics and paper crafts. All the work is of a high standard and provides the visitor with an alternative to the usual souvenir shop tat. There is also a cafe with good coffee and a range of sweet and savoury options.

Visited July 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Place for out of the ordinary gifts and treats”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

I'm always disappointed by mainstream shopping and even the gifts in galleries and museums leave me a bit cold so Manchester Craft and Design Centre works for me as you meet the maker and learn more about what you buy. Products are keenly priced and customer service is really good in terms of being able to commission something unique or a tweak to a design. You're watching craftspeople at work so you know things are not mass produced. There's regular craft workshops and exhibitions as well.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Creative Manchester and a beautiful building to boot”
Reviewed 13 February 2013

I'm not sure what was better about our visit to the Manchester Craft and Design Centre - the incredible array of original craft OR the stunning building in which these boutiques are housed. We met many makers. The spaces were often split between studio space and space for exhibiting their wares. The displays were creative and original. There was a very wide range of talents on show though perhaps a slight over emphasis on jewellery. The pricing varied - there is something for everyone. We really liked the feel of this place, the lovely work, the independent energy and the creative buzz. Oh and there's a fab looking cafe - but we didn't stop.

Visited February 2013
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Northern-Scapes, Owner at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, responded to this review, 1 March 2013
Thank you for your lovely comments! Lovely to know we are getting the balance right.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“A Treasure Trove”
Reviewed 4 January 2013

I love this place, so many incredible things created by some many creative people. No need to look anywhere else for birthday/Christmas gifts, this place has everything you have ever and even never imagined!

Visited December 2012
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Northern-Scapes, Owner at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, responded to this review, 1 March 2013
So happy you love the centre as much as we do, thank you!!
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Ramsbottom, United Kingdom
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“Great place for unusual unique gift”
Reviewed 4 December 2012

Title says it all, lots of little shops over two levels hidden away in the northern quarter. Always enoy a noses round here and have purchased a few gifts which have always went down well. Good little cafe.

Visited October 2012
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