Principal Manchester Hotel

Our venue for the BIALL 2017 Conference is the Principal Manchester Hotel, which is on Oxford Road in central Manchester. The area immediately around the venue includes Oxford Road station, as well as a number of shops and eating/drinking places. Should you need to pop out for any supplies during the conference, there is a Sainsbury’s Local just across the road, and a Tesco Express a couple of minutes walk away (turn right out of the hotel). There is also a Superdrug and a Boots just a few minutes away (also right out of the hotel). There are a number of cafes and coffee shops nearby – a recommended local coffee shop is Java Coffee, which is located at the bottom of the station approach at Oxford Rd Station – just right out of the hotel and across the road.

HOME arts centre

A recommended place to visit if you have spare time is the HOME arts centre which is 5-10 mins walk from the conference venue – cross the road outside the hotel and walk straight down Whitworth St, then follow the road round until you come to a sign for HOME pointing left under a railway arch. Before you go into the HOME building, you will pass the Gas Works pub and also see the Indian Tiffin Room restaurant, both of which are very good. HOME itself contains a lovely ground floor bar, a restaurant, cinema, theatre and exhibition space. Details of what is on are at

Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library is located just a few minutes walk away from the conference venue, in St Peter’s Square which is at the end of Oxford Road (right out of the hotel). The Library holds a brilliant interactive display of items from Manchester’s historical archives which is well worth a look. A tour has been arranged for BIALL Conference delegates on Saturday 10th June shortly after the conference closes – please do book onto this via the conference organisers if you would like to attend. Further information about the Library can be seen at

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