Venue & Guide to Manchester


Conference Day Venue

We are holding Leanconf in the iconic Manchester Town Hall.

A Neo-gothic building built over 130 years old, the town hall sits in the centre of Manchester and will provide a stunning backdrop to Leanconf.

Where history and classic architecture meets cutting edge entrepreneurial learning.

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Workshop Day Venue

We are holding the workshops near to the Townhall at the Friends Meeting House.

Friends’ Meeting House
6 Mount Street
M2 5NS

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Unconference Day Venue

We are holding the unconference at the AutoTrader offices in Manchester.

AutoTrader Manchester
1 Tony Wilson Place,
M15 4FN

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Getting to the Venue, Getting to Manchester, Hotels, Food & Drink

Getting to the Venue

The event will all take place in and around the town hall. There are lots of hotel options close by. Manchester is a small city and is easily walkable.

Tram / Metro Shuttle Bus

With building work happening on the Manchester Tram network the nearest tram stop to the town hall (St Peter's Square) will be closed. The closest stops will be either Deansgate-Castlefield or Piccadilly Gardens. These are around 10 minutes walk to the Town Hall. See the tram network map.
An Easier alternative will be the free Metro Shuttle Bus. The nearest stop will be on Peter Street next to the Manchester Central Library.


In most cases your train will arrive at Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria stations. From there you can use the instructions above to get to the venue.
Some local trains will stop at Deansgate or Oxford Road stations. These are a short walk away from the venue.


Please note: If you are using a Sat. Nav. system the geographic post code for the town hall is M2 5DB.
Note - Parking is extremely difficult near the town hall because of the improvement work going on in the city. You may be able to find a pay and display parking bay.
There are a number of car parks in Manchester city centre operated by NCP. Contact them on 0845 050 70 80 or visit their website to find out where they are and current charges.


If you are flying into Manchester airport then the easiest way to get into the centre is to catch the train.
The airport train leaves every 10 minutes and takes around 20 minutes to get into the city centre (Manchester Piccadilly station).
You can then transfer to the comprehensive public transport network.
There is more information on the Manchester Airport site.


Visit Manchester is the official accommodation provider for the Leanconf 2016.

All rooms are held on an on-line system, allowing you to book and secure your own accommodation using either pro-forma invoices or credit/debit card.

To book accommodation for this event, please visit the booking portal. Select your dates to find the hotel.

Negotiated delegate rates will be available to book until the end of the day on 23rd March 2016, so please book as soon as possible to guarantee a room. If you require accommodation beyond this date or you have any queries about the website, please contact Visit Manchester.

If you require any assistance with reservations, support is available via the Accommodation Booking Service (ABS) team Tel: 0161 238 4514 / 4563 or email:

Why book Though Visit Manchester?

You can use a popular hotel search engine. However there is a number of large events taking place in Manchester at the same time as Leanconf, so you may find availability to be limited.

We have secured guaranteed availability until 23rd March.

Food & Drink

Remember you will get lunch provided each day.

Mr Coopers

Great food at reasonable prices
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A restaurant run by one of the UKs best chefs, Simon Rogan, doing modern British cuisine. Inside the Midlands hotel.


Almost Famous

Best Burgers in Manchester?
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Head over to Almost Famous in the Great Northern for your dirty burger fix. Cocktails are pretty good too. A place with an attitude, love it or hate it.



Good coffee nearby
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This place does the best coffee this side of town.


Brewdog Manchester

Craft Beers
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Go and sample the one of the UKs best craft brew pubs. (Ask for a flight which is a little sample of 4 beers on a paddle - Ben). Foods not too bad either. BBQ.



Dependable pizza joint
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Just off Albert square, this is very close to the main venue. No chains is sight.



Asian food
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Cheap and cheerful pan asian food.


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