Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral has been a place of welcome and hospitality for over 1300 years. The current medieval structure built by Henry V dates from 1421 with the lower part of the Tower dating back over 800 years.

The public realm which surrounds the cathedral together with the interior setting of the cathedral offers an ideal place for filming. Set in the heat of Manchester City Centre, the cathedral has the widest Nave of any cathedral in Northern Europe with a seated capacity of over 1,000

That said we have the following spaces which could support a variety of film locations, this includes:

  • The Nave (905 sq.m) has a capacity of 1100 people
  • The Regimental Chapel (206 sq.m) has a capacity of 300 people
  • The Library (53 sq.m)
  • The Chapter House (26 sq.m)
  • The Refectory (48 sq.m)

In order to appreciate these spaces, the following link will take you on a 360 virtual tour of the cathedral Manchester Cathedral – Events, Dining, Conferences, Weddings and Shows.

Finally, we have the following which in themselves can be used to support any film production:

  • Tower – Some of the fabric pre-dates 1421 and it is estimated that the Tower is over 800 years old. Within the Tower we have a bell chamber where the 10 bells are rung regularly.
  • Musical Angels – Within the Nave we have 15th century carved wooden angels with their golden instruments.
  • Angel Stone – This is our oldest artefact and comes from the original wooden church built by the Anglo Saxons in 632
  • Screen (or Pulpitum) – This is a fine example of medieval oak carving
  • Regiment Chapel & Fire Window – This contains memories and colours of the former Manchester, King’s Regiments and now the Duke of Lancashire’s Regiment. The fire window (1966) commemorates the restoration of this part of the Cathedral after damage caused in WW2.
  • Misrecords (15th century) – There are many unusual, comic and fabulous carved scenes to be seen underneath these tip-up seats.
  • West Windows (1973-1995) – All the glass in Manchester Cathedral is modern. From left to right these beautiful windows represent the Creation, St George (can you see the dragon’s tail). St Mary the Blessed Virgin, St Denys and the Apocalypse.

Outside the Cathedral

  • Gargoyles – These carved creatures are situated around the base of the roof
  • Lancashire Madonna (1958) – This statue shows the greatest figure of the Virgin Mary wearing a mill worker’s shawl and holding the infant Christ. A reminder of Manchester’s textile heritage.

For all filming enquiries please contact: Anthony O Connor | 0161 833 2220 (ext 233) | Mobile: 07713 388474 |

Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX |

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