One of Manchester's most historic and stunning venues, it's the number one destination for the biggest acts in music, clubbing and comedy.
The O2 Ritz (originally known as The Ritz) is a live music venue on Whitworth Street West, Manchester, England. Built in 1927, it was designated a Grade II listed building in 1994. The venue is notable for its sprung dance floor. The Ritz was taken over by HMV in 2011 and given a £2 million refurbishment.
Acts which have played at the venue include The Beatles, The Damned, R.E.M., The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, Snow Patrol, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Happy Mondays, Adam Ant, Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Dead Kennedys, Sublime with Rome, Swans, Liam Gallagher and Peter Hook, Dodgy.
The venue also occasionally hosts events run by third-party entertainment brands such as Propaganda, GoGo, Voodoo and Erasmus Parties. The current nightclub event on Saturday is Projekt. In 2015, the venue was acquired by Live Nation, and re-branded as O2 Ritz Manchester, as part of the O2 Academy Group.
The 104 and the 105 (Whitworth Street West) go to and from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.
The 43, 42, 143, 142 (Oxford Road) all go to and from Piccadilly Gardens are the nearest with stops outside the Palace Hotel, on the junction of Oxford Road and Portland Street. All are just 20 metres away.
Manchester’s free city centre Metroshuttle bus services link all the main areas. Find out more here.
Night buses for late night services run to Manchester Piccadilly and other city centre stops. See here for more details.
The closest railway station is Manchester Oxford Road (MCO), which is about ten metres away, opposite the venue.
Accessible facilities are at all of these stations, so please use the links below for more details.
Manchester Oxford Road has staff assistance and lifts (but not to Platform 1) and a ramp for train access.
Manchester Piccadilly Station has a large concourse and step free routes, escalators and lifts, with a low level counter at the ticket office with an induction loop.
The nearest Metrolink trams stop at Manchester Deansgate Castlefield, which is about 500 metres away and there’s St Peter’s Square at around 750 metres, and link across the city centre. All stops have either a ramp, lift or escalator access. Plan your tram journey here.
Parking and by car
We’re easy to get to by all major approach roads, including the M60 motorway. Just follow the City Centre or the Universities signs and our postcode for sat nav is M1 5NQ.
There’s some pay and display street parking locally, with bays nearby on Great Marlborough Street. Street parking is free after 8pm.
Other car park options include the nearby large 24 hour NCP car park on Great Bridgewater Street and there are also additional car parks at Chepstow Street and Chester Street, all within a few hundred metres.
Please check times and prices as they may vary.
Disabled parking and by car
Our venue doesn’t have its own parking facilities, but there are bays and street parking locally on Whitworth Street West and Great Marlborough Street close by. Unfortunately we don’t have a drop off point at our entrance.
Accessible public transport
Get more details on accessible public transport in Manchester here.
Look out for bike racks in local streets and at Oxford Road train station if pedal power’s your thing.
Venue opening times
We’ll have opening times and curfew times if they’re out of the ordinary for seasoned gig-goers (7pm-11pm) on the event page of this website and on our social channels, too. All timings are subject to change, so check before you travel.
Box office and ticketing service
Ticketmaster is our official booking partner. You can book online or call them on 0844 477 2000 (calls cost 7p per minute, plus your network charge).
You can also book in person, our box office opening times at O2 Ritz Manchester are 12 noon to 2pm, Monday-Friday.
Opening times will be different on bank holidays, so do check.
We have bars (of course), a cloakroom to leave your stuff and if you’re visiting us for the first time, just ask any of our friendly staff to show you the way. Please try and travel light as cloakroom facilities are limited, so if you really need to bring a bag, please make sure that it is small (laptop size or small handbag).