The Greater Manchester Police Museum is situated inside an 1879 Police Station in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The museum collects and preserves archive material and objects relating to the history of policing in the Greater Manchester area. The Museum also houses an 1895 Magistrates' Courtroom. This decorative courtroom was rescued from Denton Police Station and installed in 2004.

We have a specialist legal learning team who deliver National Justice Museum Education activities within the courtroom at the Museum. Groups will learn more about the fascinating world of the English and Welsh justice system of past and present. Visiting this court and the museum provides an important way to engage in the history and heritage of crime and punishment in Manchester and we are delighted to work in partnership with the Police Museum.

Opening Times

Mon - Fri

10:30am - 3:30pm


Weekends. Please book in advance for weekdays

How to find us

Greater Manchester Police Museum

Greater Manchester Police Museum
57a Newton Street
M1 1ET

How to book

During an educational visit, groups will discover the historic Magistrates' courtroom and learn more about roles in a court room.
We offer a range of activities for students from Primary to University level.


  • 2 hour courtroom workshop: £7.50 per student
  • Full day of Crime and Punishment: £11.00 per student

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All activities must be pre-booked and payment made in advance.
Session times are either 10.30-12.30 or 13.00-15.00
Once you’re ready to book your educational visit please call 0115 9939 811 or email

See full booking terms and conditions here

Access information

The museum is located in central Manchester and is easy to reach via public transport.

We must be made aware of any access requirements in advance of your group visit so we can cater for your needs. Please contact us on 0115 9939 811 or e-mail to discuss this. You can read the museum's full access statement here

Facilities include: Hearing loop, Accessible toilet, Gift shop

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General information for educational visits

Our team are able to run sessions at the Greater Manchester Police Museum on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays subject to availability. We can take bookings up to a year in advance but due to demand we may not always be able to accommodate your first choice. Our minimum booking number is 20 students. Your group may consist of fewer than 20 but you will be charged for 20 as a minimum. Exceptions may apply for SEN schools and other alternative provision groups. Please speak to the team.

Maximum group size is 30 but for full day activities the group size can be a maximum of 60 and split into 2 groups.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book in advance? All educational visits led by our team must be pre-booked.

How long do I allow for a visit? 2 hours for a courtroom workshop, 5 hours for The History of Crime and Punishment day

Where can I park? There is a small courtyard car park for minibuses at the museum. Coaches are able to drop off and collect from outside the museum but unfortunately cannot park here.

Can you recommend any good coach companies?
Tyrers of Adlington Coaches -
Blue Ribbon Network -

Are you allowed to bring cameras and camcorders? Yes, as the courtroom is no longer in use you are able to take photos in here and around the museum spaces. Please feel free to share your photos with us.

Are there any spaces to each lunch or leave our bags? Groups can eat their packed lunch on site at the museum. Bags and coats may also be left in a spare room.