Exchange Square (Manchester)

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Aerial view of Exchange Square, Manchester

Exchange Square is civic square in Manchester, England. The square was created after the IRA 1996 Manchester bombing. This reconstruction included the structural relocation of two pubs to make room for the new Marks & Spencer store.

Today the square is a major shopping area including a branch of Selfridges, New Cathedral Street, the Corn Exchange and an entrance to the Manchester Arndale, one of the most-visited shopping centre in the United Kingdom.

To the north lies the Printworks and Urbis, now home to the National Football Museum. To the west lies Shambles Square (with The Old Wellington Inn) and Manchester Cathedral. To the south is New Cathedral Street and the Royal Exchange.

A transportable Ferris wheel was first installed at Exchange Square in 2004, known as the Wheel of Manchester. This was dismantled and a second wheel was erected in May 2007.[1] The most recently installed wheel, operated by Great City Attractions, had 42 passenger cars and was 60 metres (200 ft) tall.[2] A 91.4-metre (300 ft) wheel was planned for 2008[1] but never constructed. In 2010, Manchester City Council proposed a 120 m (394 ft) wheel, to be operated by Great City Attractions, as a replacement for the existing transportable installation, which was installed at Piccadilly Gardens until 2015.[3]

The square is due to be served by Exchange Square Metrolink station on the Manchester Metrolink network with the stop due to open in 2015. Construction on the new extension started in 2014 and the entire Second City Crossing scheme should be operational by 2017.


  1. ^ a b "Big wheel returns to city centre". BBC News. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Great City Attractions - The Wheel of Manchester". 
  3. ^ "Manchester 'monster' wheel plans confirmed". BBC News. 2 October 2010. 

Coordinates: 53°29′04″N 2°14′35″W / 53.48444°N 2.24306°W / 53.48444; -2.24306