We are conveniently located on the third floor of Clayton House, an attractive Edwardian building overlooking Piccadilly Gardens in Central Manchester. Clayton House is on the north side of Piccadilly, to the west of the junction with Newton Street, The entrance is to the left of the Subway sandwich bar. See the Map for the location of both the society and of other buildings of interest to family historians.
Clayton House is adjacent to the Piccadilly Gardens Metrolink station with services to Altrincham, Eccles and Bury. It is also adjacent to the Piccadilly Bus Station which has services throughout Greater Manchester. The Piccadilly and Victoria Railway stations are within a 10 minute walk as are the Shude Hill Transport Interchange and Chorlton Street Coach Station, There is a Taxi Rank outside the building.
Arriving by Car
If you can avoid coming by car then do! There is no parking at Clayton House, though passengers may be set down outside. If you wish to do this, then approach by heading north up Portland Street and after crossing the Metrolink line, enter the 'bus lane on the left to turn left into Piccadilly. Passengers may be set down at the kerb, but you are advised not to leave your vehicle as the wardens can be very diligent.
There is a variety of car parking within a 10 minute walk of Clayton House. CLICK HERE for a summary. Please note that the rates quoted may not still be current, but the relative charges are probably similar.
Entering the Building
There is an entry phone system next to the inner door. Press the button labelled "Family History" and give your name when this is answered. If you visit on a Saturday, the outer door will be closed. Use the entry phone by the outer door and when admitted, repeat the process at the inner door. Once inside, take the lift or stairs to the 3rd floor and turn left.
We regret that there is no access for wheelchair users. There is a flight of seven steps at the building entrance and because of physical constraints, it is not possible to install a ramp (the building is exempt from the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act as a result of its Grade II listing).
Created 1 January 2011 - John Marsden