The Talking Shop is easy to reach by road, rail or air

We are on the corner of Chapel Street and a little side street called Barlow’s Croft. The Rover’s Return pub is next door and Sacred Trinity Church is opposite.
Please note, we are at the Manchester City Centre end of Chapel Street (it’s a long street), close to Blackfriars Street which is directly off Deansgate.
We are only a couple of minutes’ walk from the Lowry Hotel and less than 10 minutes’ walk from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and M&S.
We always put a sign out on the pavement on Chapel Street outside our front door.

By train: we are about 10 minutes in a cab from Piccadilly station.
By plane: It normally takes about 20 minutes from the airport but best to allow up to an hour during peak times.
By car: As well as metered on-street parking (free after 6pm) there are a number of car-parks close by as you can see from the map.
By taxi: If you take a cab from the station or airport, you should mention Chapel Street. It is a long street so tell the driver that we are at the Blackfriars Street end, near Deansgate. Most cab drivers should also know The Lowry Hotel, which is close by.

Car park hints and tips

For evening sessions, we offer limited supervised free parking after 5pm in our own car park. Our car park is on the corner of Cross Street, very close to our office (not the main Cross Street in Manchester City Centre). The postcode for the car park is M3 7AX. There is also free parking on single yellow lines after 6pm on Chapel Street and side streets round about.

During the day we are happy to pay for free parking for moderators and observers in nearby car parks if it helps (see the information below), please phone us on 0161 834 3396 if you’d like more details.

For shorter sessions we recommend using the Pay and Display meters on Bury Street and Blackfriars Road which are £1 for each period of 40 minutes (so allow about £3 for a 1.5 hour session) or Q-Park Arena/Deansgate North which is £2 for 2 hours.

For longer sessions the main option is Q-Park Arena/Deansgate North; a new car park just a short walk from our offices towards Blackfriars Street and just over the lights (look for the big red sign). The cost ranges from £2 for two hours to £10 for 24 hours.

Where to stay

Our facility is in central Manchester, meaning that there are a number of hotels, to suit every budget, within easy reach.


Make a booking

Call us on 0161 834 3396 or email


Please can you pass on our thanks to the team – they were absolutely fantastic! Really helpful, proactive, extremely professional, ensured that the entire complicated process ran smoothly and kept us topped up with tea and coffee!