Many public and council operated facilities and amenities are available within across Manchester, and within short walking distance of King Street.

For additional information on public facilities please visit Manchester City Council or Visit Manchester.

Accessible and 'Changing Places' Toilets

Standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of all disabled people – or their personal assistants.

Standard accessible toilets do not provide changing benches or hoists. Most are too small to accommodate more than one person. Without Changing Places toilets, disabled people lose their dignity and become isolated as they are unable to enjoy many public facilities non-disabled people take for granted.

Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to meet these needs.

Who can use them

Recent research found that over 230,000 disabled people do not have access to public toilet facilities that meet their needs.

In practice anyone who wants to use the Changing Places toilet can do so if they wish.


Both are alongside standard disabled toilets – one in the public toilet on Lloyd Street (currently closed during the works to the Town Hall), and one on the lower ground floor in Central Library.

To use the Changing Places toilets please call 0161 234 3123.

Free Wi-Fi

Manchester’s free wifi networks, ‘_freebee’ on the streets, ‘_busybee’ in council owned buildings and ‘MetrolinkWiFi’ on the Metrolink tram network, give you free internet access in locations across the city. You can browse the internet, access services, use social networks and search for local businesses and destinations while on the move.

‘_FreebeeMcr’ is the on-street network – it’s free for the first 30 minutes, then £3 for the rest of the day.

‘_BusybeeMcr’ is the network in many of our public buildings, and is free all day.

‘MetrolinkWiFi’ is the network on the Metrolink tram system and is free and unlimited after registration.

‘_FreebeeMcr’ and ‘_BusybeeMcr’ networks also allow unlimited, free access to this site, as well as the websites of:

Manchester City Council

Manchester Evening News

Transport for Greater Manchester

Manchester Visitor Information Centre

If you are looking for information about the latest events or suggestions for days out, call into Manchester Visitor Information Centre where the knowledgeable team can help make the most of your trip to Manchester.

The centre stocks a range of leaflets and a city centre map, along with tickets for the Sightseeing Bus and Mountain Goat Day trips.


Manchester Central Library
St Peters Square
M2 5PD

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday
9am – 5pm