Greater Manchester Police Museum, Manchester

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web
‘Explore Manchester’s hidden past – a labyrinth of alleyways and slums, interrupted only by the huge mills casting shadows below. An eerie underworld where police officers were kept busy apprehending unsavoury characters of all ages.

The Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives enables you to experience what life was really like for these officers in a busy Victorian police station.

You’ll also see how times have changed and how policing has evolved to meet today’s needs.

Located in the historic Northern Quarter of Manchester, the Museum was one of the cities earliest police stations and has been lovingly restored to reflect the reality of policing in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.

See where Manchester’s criminals were charged and fingerprinted before being put into the cells, often packed with up to twelve men on a busy night! Why not take a seat on one of the cell beds with their wooden pillows.

Admire the polished wood panels and stained glass in the 1895 Magistrate’s Court and experience how inmates would have felt standing in the dock!
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  • One of Manchester's best kept secrets. Free (except for donation to charity) and in the middle of town. The retired ex-copper (sorry, cant remember his name) was an excellent guide, just the right amo...  read more »
  • My daughter and I visited the Police Museum last Tuesday, be aware only open on a Tuesday to the general public. What we thought would be a quick look turned into an hour and a half visit. I can not p...  read more »
  • I'll openly admit, I'm not a museum person but this place is something else! It's a very interactive and a practical place to go! It's not like any other museum you'll ever visit. I went on Tuesday af...  read more »
  • Haven't Been. Decided I must visit though. No idea it was there, my fault. Thanks for opening times. Wishlist Vistit. Love Any Museums. :) 5* Simply for the reason it will be a learning experience because I have not been there yet. Lol. TY. XInternet researchezX. True Fun. :)
  • Had a private tour with a group of pensioners. Our guide was both highly knowledgeable and humorous. Lots to interest all ages. Would highly recommend a visit.
  • It is so good and there is loads to do
  • Great place to visit. The history surrounding the Police Force in Manchester is really interesting. The staff are really friendly and knowledgable too.
  • Absolutely brilliant with staff who have amazing historical knowledge. Can be a bit crowded though for first few hours of opening with school trips.
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