Venue & Accommodation

Windmill Street
M2 3GX

The venue is in the heart of Manchester City Centre and is close in proximity to 4 star hotels and Manchester's extensive multi-modal transport network.

Manchester’s Metrolink network is expanding which will soon provide even greater benefits to you and your visitors when travelling to the venue. Due to this expansion, from the end of June until the end of August 2016 the nearest Metrolink stops for visitors travelling to Manchester Central by tram will be Piccadilly Gardens and Deansgate – Castlefield (directly behind the venue).

Passengers travelling via tram from the North and East (i.e. Bury, Rochdale and Ashton) will alight at Piccadilly Gardens and take a short walk down Lower Mosley St to the venue
Passengers travelling via tram from the South and West (i.e. Eccles, MediaCity, Altrincham and East Didsbury) will need to alight at Deansgate-Castlefield and walk round to the front of the venue. Getting to Manchester Central

For accommodation in the local area Reservation Highway has arranged specially negotiated rates at selected hotels. Please see the Reservation Highway CIPFA 2017 hotel list and booking form. For more information please go to

Reservation Highway is the ONLY accommodation provider for the conference and the organisers do not give any contact details to them or other providers.

Map and Directions

An award-winning convention centre in the heart of Manchester.

For directions to the venue by air, rail, road click here.

By air

Manchester Airport is just nine miles from the city centre and is approximately a 25 minute drive by taxi or just 20 minutes via the half-hourly express rail service.

By rail 

It takes as little as two hours from London to Manchester and Manchester also has direct connections to most major UK cities.

The venue is just five-minutes from Manchester Oxford Road Station on foot or is a 20 minute walk from Piccadilly or just five minutes by taxi.

Metrolink and Metroshuttle

The Metrolink network runs every few minutes. The nearest station is Deansgate-Castlefield.

Metroshuttle buses are free and link the city centre's main rail stations and attractions.



Local attractions

There is plenty to occupy visitors in the near vicinity of the hotel and venue from theatres to shopping and historical attractions.


Manchester boasts a large range of museums, galleries, historic landmarks and is bursting with events for everyone. From live music to sport and theatre to art, you will find it all here.


The Manchester Arndale is the UK's largest city-centre shopping centre, with over 200 retailers and the intu Trafford Centre situated just 5 miles outside of Manchester offers visitors the choice of over 200 stores.

Click on the link below to see your official Manchester city guide. View information on world class attractions, shops and restaurants and enjoy exciting special events, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions and more. Discover the very best of Manchester.

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