VISITING BRIDGE 5 MILL
Opening times Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. (Except bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year).
If you would just like to visit to look round our sustainably rebuilt, lovely, unique building could you please telephone us beforehand on 0161 273 1736. We also run educational tours and training on sustainability so please get in touch. Thank you.
Travelling by Tram
You can now get to Bridge 5 Mill in only 5 minutes from Piccadilly using the new Holt Town tram stop.
Travelling by Rail
There are two main rail stations serving Manchester city centre – Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria. Bridge 5 Mill can be reached from both stations; however, Manchester Piccadilly is the closest. Please see below for directions from Manchester Piccadilly. If your require directions from Victoria please contact the MERCi office or see the route planners below..
Travelling on foot or by bike
You can plan your route on www.walkit.com to find out your walking journey time and carbon savings or use www.cyclestreets.net for cycle information or just use the information below.
If you are travelling from Manchester City Centre you can walk or cycle along the Ashton Canal since it is quiet and picturesque during the day. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk from Piccadilly Train Station. At the bottom of the ramp on Piccadilly Approach turn right up Ducie Street. After the bridge on your right, turn right and drop onto the Ashton Canal at Paradise Wharf (there is an old black and white advertisement on the wall for Howarth Brothers).
Follow the canal tow path round to the left; continue past Piccadilly Village and under Great Ancoats Street. Walk along the canal until you reach Bridge No 5; go up the steps onto Beswick Street. Turn right and Bridge 5 Mill is the grey building just over the bridge on your right with black railings and a garden. See map
At night the easiest and safest route is along Old Mill Street. At the bottom of the ramp on Piccadilly Approach turn left into London Road. At the traffic lights turn left under the bridge into Store Street and follow the road up to the next set of traffic lights where it crosses Great Ancoats Street . Go straight across into Old Mill Street and across the ‘bridge’ with the angled lights. At the next set of traffic lights turn right into Beswick Street and Bridge 5 Mill is the grey building just over the bridge on your right with black railings and a garden in front. See map.
Bike racks are situated on the right hand side of the garden. We have spare cycle padlocks, cycle covers and a puncture repair kit should you require them.
Travelling by bus
The 216 leaves Piccadilly Gardens every few minutes for Ancoats - it takes about ten minutes. Board bus number 216 outside the Natwest Bank, ask for 'The Mitchell Arms' pub or Beswick Street. Get off just after you see the pub on the left, on Ashton New Road, (you will see lots of road works due to the metro station – coming soon!) and walk back towards Beswick Street. Turn right up Beswick Street and continue up the road, past the shops. Bridge 5 Mill is on the brow of the hill, on the left just after Pollard Street and the tiny Spectator Street. The entrance is on Beswick Street, through the gate in the black railings and is at the bottom of the garden steps and access ramp. See map. Please buzz Reception for access or follow instructions on the door.
Travelling by car
There is no designated car park at Bridge 5 Mill. Please do not park on Spectator Street as access is required at all times by our neighbours.
From the A57(M) inner ring road travelling anticlockwise, continue onto the A665 Great Ancoats Street. At the traffic lights at the cross roads turn right onto Old Mill Street, which has an large Argos store on the corner. Please note if you put our M4 7HR postcode into a Satnav it will say you have reached your destination at number 24 Beswick Street at the point you are outside Bridge 5 Mill
Continue along Old Mill Street over the ‘bridge’ with the angled lights and continue to the mini roundabout, then come back on yourself and the entrance into the SIP car park is just before the start of the ‘bridge’, between the row of houses and the old Ancoats Hospital on your left. Parking costs £1.50 for the day.
From the car park either walk back out onto Old Mill Street, walk up to the traffic lights and turn right into Beswick Street. Or go up the steps onto the canal tow path turn left and walk until you come to Bridge 5, take the steps up and walk along the road and Bridge 5 Mill is the grey building just over the canal bridge on the right with black iron railings, 22A in gold, and steps down through a garden area. The entrance is at the bottom of the steps.
On street parking
Continue along Old Mill Street over the wooden ‘bridge’ and straight across the small roundabout, then turn right into Carruthers Street. Take the first left into Piercy Street where you can park along the road on the right hand side or in the small parking area at the end of the road.
From here continue on foot to the end of Piercy Street, turn right onto Beswick Street and cross over the canal. Bridge 5 Mill is the grey building just over the canal bridge on the right with black iron railings, 22A in gold, and steps down through a garden area. The entrance is at the bottom of the steps.
Pollard Street is another option for parking which is situated just beyond Spectator Street.
For all parking please be aware that car thieves look for easy targets so please lock your car, remove all valuables and open your glove compartment as a deterrent. Vehicles and contents are left at the owner’s risk and MERCi accepts no liability for any theft or damage caused.
If you need to unload or drop off outside Bridge 5 Mill then continue along Old Mill Street and turn right onto Beswick Street at the next junction. Bridge 5 Mill is immediately over the bridge on the right hand side, adjacent to the canal. You can turn around in Pollard Street and park directly outside the gates to unload.
Please note that parking is severely restricted during match days because of the proximity of the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City Football Club’s ground. Match days are listed at Manchester City's website www.mcfc.co.uk.